London-based game development shop Slightly Mad Studios – which stands behind the racing sim series of CARS as well as the Need for Speed: Shift franchise – lives its name with the Announcement of the next project: a game console that will compete with the Xbox and PlayStation in three years to support VR content.
This is from CEO Ian Bell, who told Variety that "The Mad The Box console will support most of the major VR headsets and the upcoming ones," and the specifications will become a "very fast PC in two years Here are his bold claims about his abilities in a recent Tweet:
What is the Mad Box? It is the most powerful console ever built. She is literally "crazy." You want 4k, you want VR with 60FPS? You want a free engine to develop your games on it? You have it.
̵1; Ian Bell SMS (@bell_sms) January 2, 2019
Bell clarified that the console will support VR games at 120 fps (60 fps per eye) and that the price set for this will be competitive with coming consoles. He added that it will be available worldwide.
The other big plus is that Slightly Mad will provide a third-party development engine for third parties that wants to create content for the console. The company is not particularly keen for developers to create titles that are exclusive to Mad Box, and it's up to them to decide how they want to make their releases available.
That sounds great on paper, but & # 39; I have to wait and see how Slightly Mad's plans evolve. It hopes to have pictures of early design builds for the console in about four to six weeks, and it is in talks with investors interested in financing the project.
But in three years, a lot can happen. Sony said last May intends to use the online services to maintain PlayStation's revenue until the end of March 2021, and it is said that a PS5 will be released sometime this year. And although VR games are not exactly hot at the moment, it could already prevail if the Mad Box is ready for prime time.
It also remains to be seen if Slightly Mad has the technical and marketing opportunities to accomplish this. The company claims that its capabilities go beyond game development to cover vehicle simulation and the creation of VR environments. It will, however, aim to develop a reliable product, distribute it worldwide, and get support from developers and players – all in the face of fierce competition from people like Sony, Microsoft . and Nintendo.
Published on 4 January 2019 – 05:38 UTC