Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell has announced that the game development studio known for blockbuster hits such as the Project Cars series and Need for Speed: Shift is working on a powerful gaming console. With SEGA and Atari exiting the console market and instead of making games for consoles, it seems that Slightly Mad studios have some high ambitions for disrupting the console space with their Mad Box console. While we've certainly seen our fair share of unusual consoles as of late-I'm looking at you, Soulja Boy-this isn't planned to be some dinky little box that can play simple games.
It's set to release in three years' time, and yes, it will be direct competitor to the PlayStation and Xbox brand, with Bell stating, "it will be a console as is the Xbox or PlayStation". Which why according to Bell it will support most major VR headsets.
For years the gaming industry has focused largely around three dominant household console names: Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo "whatever they decide to call it". What do you think about the Mad Box? They have named it 'The Mad Box'.
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At the same time, however, Slightly Mad will offer their proprietary games engine to developers for free. Slightly Mad Studios is swinging for the fences. Bell did mention the designs have been "specced out in detail", so some thought has been put into the console beyond the basics.
"We think exclusives are "exclusionary, ' but given that we'll be shipping a cross-platform engine to all developers it will be their choice".
The console world has seen a lot of competition.
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Bell says that the initial images of the design build of the Mad Box will be made available within the next month or two. The Mad Box aims to correct that monopoly, putting the gaming experience back into the gamer's hands.
"Multiple investors" are apparently on board already, which means Slightly Mad could actually have the cash required to pull this off.
It's a interesting announcement to be sure, because it isn't every day that a company steps up to the plate to go head-to-head with the likes of Sony and Microsoft.
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