Project CARS Studio Developing Its Own Standalone Console



Expected to support VR, 4K resolutions.

Slightly Mad Studios, best known for its Project CARS racing games, is developing its own standalone game console for release in “around three years.”

The console, currently referred to as the Mad Box, was announced by Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell on Twitter. As reported by Variety, Bell said it will “support most major VR headsets and those upcoming in 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.”

Bell’s Twitter account, which was created earlier this morning, initially tweeted “The Mad Box is coming.” 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.

Communicating with Variety, Bell said Slightly Mad will allow “Games from all developers, old and new” on the console, saying  “The ‘new’ possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine.”

“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice,” Bell continued. “As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors. We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly. 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.”

Though Slighly Mad is based in the UK, Bell says it will be a “worldwide” console and that the studio is in early talks with areas that are not “particularly open to other vendors at this moment.”

The Mad Box allegedly won’t be crowdfunded, and Bell claims the studio has “multiple investors” offering required funding to bring the device to completion. While no specific price was mentioned, Bell said it would be priced competitively with upcoming consoles. Bell also said that early design builds of the console will be revealed in four to six weeks.

Slightly Mad Studios was founded in 2008 and has become known for its work on racing games, including Need for Speed: Shift, Project CARS and more. Its most recent release, Project CARS 2, came out in September 2017 and includes VR support.

In our review of Project CARS 2, we called the game “Amazing” saying “With its refined new handling and piles of race options, Project CARS 2 is about as good as real racing gets right now.”

Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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