Slightly Mad Studios is working on a stand alone console

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, Jan 3, 2019.


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    Slightly Mad Studios, the London-based studio behind Project CARS, apparently wants to be a direct competitor in the home console market. After teasing about the Mad Box on Twitter, the company's founder and CEO, Ian Bell, gave more information about this upcoming console, touting it as "the most powerful console ever built".

    In an exclusive interview with Variety, Bell further detailed that “it will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’. We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”

    “We plan to allow games from all developers, old and new. The ’new’ possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine,” Bell said. “It will be a stand alone console.”

    “We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly,” he further added. “We think competition is healthy and we have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs.”

    According to the Variety interview, Slightly Mad Studios will release images of early design builds in four to six weeks time and the console will ship in around three years time.

    So what do you think? Is there a space for a fourth competitor in the home console market? Will you consider getting the Mad Box? Or will you wait for what Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have in store for their next console before deciding?

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    Discussion (81 replies)
  1. yusuo

    yusuo Jam Master Jay

    Oct 19, 2006
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    Another suitor for the princess
  2. chrisrlink

    chrisrlink Intel Pentium III Hamster inside

    Aug 27, 2009
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    inside your crappy old PC
    well at least i doubt they'll make the same mistake as Souja boy and make their own games wonder what IP's they'll make
  3. SuperNintendho

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    Ghost Of Soldiers
    This idea is slightly mad
  4. TunaKetchup

    TunaKetchup GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 20, 2018
    So its a PC?

    and it will most likely cost just as much
  5. Prans

    Prans Geek, gamer, human

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    Apr 22, 2012
    There itself.
    I thought the same from the description...
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  6. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

    May 27, 2016
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    Never heard of this company :blink:
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  7. tech3475

    tech3475 GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 12, 2009
    They’re coming to take them away haha!
  8. Justinde75

    Justinde75 Capsule Corp's VGM Addict

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    man nintendo, sony and microsoft will be *slightly mad* about this, but only slightly
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  9. KiiWii

    KiiWii GBAtemp Guru

    Nov 17, 2008
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    Interesting concept.... how versatile is the engine they’re touting?
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  10. smileyhead

    smileyhead Utterly idiotic

    Aug 31, 2015
    Inb4 this fucking thing costs $10 000
  11. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

    Sep 13, 2009
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    I thought VR was going to be included, when I read the tweet here. A console build from the ground up for its VR. Shame.

    Well, three years from now a 2 year later PC wouldn't be as expensive.

    Coming around when new consoles will probably be coming out soon, if not out by then. ... Well, good luck.

    Don't people say this about all new consoles in general?
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  12. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

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    Cool concept. But that’s only a small part of the whole package. You can say whatever you want to tease it, but judgements are reserved until more info is available.

    Totally mad plan tho.
  13. sonicvssilver22

    sonicvssilver22 Advanced Member

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    "It's the most powerful console ever built... " Hmm where have I heard that line before? *glares at Xbox One X*

    Also, what's this "VR at 60FPS business"? Doesn't VR require at least 90FPS as it stands?
  14. Prans

    Prans Geek, gamer, human

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    Apr 22, 2012
    There itself.
    According to the interview, Bell clarified that the Mad Box will be 120 FPS, he meant that it's 60FPS “per eye.”
  15. Godofcheese

    Godofcheese Advanced Member

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    " you want VR at 60FPS? "
    Well no I don't.
    90fps is the standard for VR to avoid motion sickness.

    *saw the post above me now :>...*
    Last edited by Godofcheese, Jan 3, 2019
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  16. hamohamo

    hamohamo GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 16, 2017
    Inb4 they sell it for 1500 bucks and it turns out to be a gameless system that won't run the only two games it got at 25fps at 4k only to flop bigtime.
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  17. jt_1258

    jt_1258 GBAtemps Midna

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    Why is the text so small for the subtitle? You can't read the word pipedream below the console name.
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  18. haxan

    haxan GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 26, 2011
    in my room?
    i'm always excited when i hear news about a new console. my only doubts are that the console will never see the light of day and that if they do release it, it'll flop due to it being a new system, people will be skeptical about buying a new console (a pricey one from the specs as well). This has happened before where someone announces a new "state of the art/life changing" system, just for it to have these things happen to it.
    I do hope it gets released
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  19. AT-LOWDeSu

    AT-LOWDeSu GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 29, 2015
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    I'm laughing, but at the same time hoping. I don't think it'll work.. but to be fair, project cars is a wonderfully crafted and highly technical game.. if anyone can do it, it's them.