Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Project CARS Studio Developing Its Own Standalone Console

Project CARS Studio Developing Its Own Standalone Console

Best known for well-received Project Cars and follow-up Project Cars 2, plus a third entry in the franchise designed as a successor to Need for Speed Shift and which is now in the early stages of pre-production, Slightly Mad Studios is not a name you'd normally associate with hardware devices - despite the company's long-standing support for virtual reality (VR) platforms. He told Ars Technica that the Mad Box is expected to launch in "three-plus years", and cost a "standard plus next-gen price". Bell describes the Mad Box as having specs equivalent to a "very fast PC 2 years from now".

Gaming on the consoles is nothing new and since the 80s many consoles have graced out living rooms but this day and age with monsters like Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo, no one even dreams about entering the arena. Bell says both old and new games are welcome on the Mad Box.

Bell's Twitter account, which was created earlier this morning, initially tweeted "The Mad Box is coming".

Furthermore, the studio will also provide its full development engine for free. Slightly Mad Studios is swinging for the fences. It's literally "Mad"... You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS?

For years now, the competitors in the game console space have been pretty well defined.

According to the creator, the idea has seen interest from organizations that could comfortably fund the project in its entirety. "As of now we have no plans to pay developers "incentives" to exclude other hardware vendors" explains Bell. Images of its early design concept should be released within four to six weeks.

Any platform is only as good as its games and if Slightly Mad can't build up a storefront that steadily delivers new games over time-and not just indies, I mean enthusiast-style shooters and RPGs and the like-the Mad Box will simply fail. On Twitter, Bell claimed the console will offer 4K and VR at 60 frames per second (FPS).

Based on the success enjoyed by the developer so far, it isn't surprising that Bell said they have "multiple investors already offering the required funding" to bring the Mad Box to the market.

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