'Project CARS' Developer Announces New Mad Box Console

'Project CARS' Developer Announces New Mad Box Console

CEO and founder of Slightly Mad Studios, Ian Bell, announced via Twitter that his team has "the most powerful console" ever built heading our way.

Slightly Mad Studios is best known for the racing series Project CARS, but now the company is moving beyond the checkered flags and into the world of console development. According to Bell, the console will be aimed at a market release in roughly three years and will be as powerful as a high-end PC two years from now, in terms of performance.

When it comes to gaming consoles, the primary ones who cross our minds are the PlayStations, the Xbox, and its different variations and the Nintendos but, now, a new gaming console is about to make its entry into the market.

We'll have to wait to see more about what the Mad Box will actually entail when more specific details are given but as of now, the project seems quite ambitious.

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"The Mad Box is coming", wrote Ian Bell on Twitter. The new game console, dubbed as Mad Box, would most possibly roll out among the next-gen consoles, even though the specifications have not yet been disclosed. Additionally, he says that The Mad Box offers developers access to a full and free engine to develop games with as well, both for this and other platforms. Slightly Mad also won't pursue exclusivity deals with developers, as it believes that console exclusives are "exclusionary". Bell did mention the designs have been "specced out in detail", so some thought has been put into the console beyond the basics.

Although he did not reveal any target pricing yet, Bell states that it will be competitive (against Xbox and PS4). In responses to comments on his posts, Bell said 60FPS for VR is "per eye" and repeatedly clarified that he means it will run at a net 120FPS. "As of now we have no plans to pay developers "incentives" to exclude other hardware vendors" explains Bell.

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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