[H]ardOCP: Slightly Mad Studios Begins Development of a Gaming Console

[H]ardOCP: Slightly Mad Studios Begins Development of a Gaming Console

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". Bell stated that "it will be a console as is the Xbox or PlayStation". Additionally, the company is now evaluating offers from unnamed investors to grab the funding needed to see the Mad Box to market, and says that the team is eyeing a worldwide release for the system, which includes, in Bell's words, "areas that are, let's say, not particularly open to other vendors at the moment". Instead, much like most consoles, it will be about games.

Given Slightly Mad's own development experience, we could be looking some incredibly-rendered racing sims, and a console powerful enough for truly high-end VR gaming - speaking to Variety, Bell confirmed they were developing the console to be compatible with "most major VR headsets", which is unlike anything Xbox or PlayStation are now offering. However, they do have the basic designs and some specs ready. Variety questioned him about the frame rate further, and he cleared up the confusion by saying that it will actually be 120 frames per second. Slightly Mad Studios is the developer behind the Project CARS series and, to our knowledge, has never had a hand in console development. It'd be hard to pull off 4K, 120 FPS, and VR support in a modern machine while keeping it under the price point of a brand new home gaming console.

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Slightly Mad CEO and founder Ian Bell created a Twitter account today to reveal the studio's plans to enter the console market. Slightly Mad Studios already has investors inquiring about providing the capital to bring the device to fruition, but no deals have been made. However, it's not entirely a newcomer. This engine was used for both of the Project CARS games. And while VR gaming isn't exactly hot right now, it could catch on by the time the Mad Box is ready for prime-time. Other titles to the developer's credit include Need for Speed Shift, Shift 2 Unleashed, and the GTR franchise.

"It will be a worldwide console", Bell added.

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