"The Mad Box is coming" - Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell

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"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", Bell wrote in an email. He explained that it would be a standalone console, like the PS4 and Xbox One, and will be compatible with most VR headsets on the market.

According to Bell, the Mad Box is the answer to the growing monopoly problem. The company isn't particularly keen on having developers create titles that are exclusive to the Mad Box, and will leave it to them to decide how they want to make their releases available. Considering Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have an equal grasp on the current console gaming market, Slightly Mad will have a lot of competition to catch up on. "The "new" possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine", Bell said. Slightly Mad also won't pursue exclusivity deals with developers, as it believes that console exclusives are "exclusionary". With the aim of supporting 4K, 60fps-per-eye VR and the support for a wide array of PC peripherals. "As of now we have no plans to pay developers "incentives" to exclude other hardware vendors".

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"Prices will drop with ship quantity but we're not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively", said Bell. The London-based gaming company has been in existence since 2009, and its team was behind the award-winning Project CARS franchise.

Bell added that early design builds for the Mad Box will be revealed in about four to six weeks.

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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.

If the console really is as powerful as Bell states, one must ponder about the price of the console.

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He does say they "have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion", so at least this isn't all coming out of their own pocket.

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