Slightly Mad Studios is Looking to Enter the Console Market in roughly 3.5 years with the MadBox

A new player will be entering … the console market. Yes, you read that right. A market that might seem untouchable for newcomers, with Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s PlayStation and, by stretching the definition of “console” a little, the PC being the dominant forces with (just about) all the market share. Slightly Mad Studios – more on the studio’s history right here, by the way – has set out to change that – meet the MadBox.

Mad Tech for a MadBox

The announcement was made via Twitter by head of studio Ian Bell. Whilst the internals still remain a secret, we do already know how the console will probably look like.

Mind you, this is not just a PC with a fancy case, as Bell states, but its really a true console and competitor to PlayStation and Xbox. (But then, what is a true console? Aren’t all consoles PC’s some kind? Let’s settle on it being a console for now.)

Slightly Mad Studios will then be offering a cross-platform game engine, allowing developers to bring their MadBox titles to PC / PS4 and Xbox with round-about one click. And said game engine will indeed be completely free for all developers and it will be an evolution of SMS’s Madness game engine, as Bell confirmed.

But devs won’t be tied to using this game engine at all, as SMS wants to be as open as possible to all other developing tools, making development for the MadBox as attractive as possible.

With it still being in the early stages of development, it is too soon to tell what the MadBox will cost etc. but as for its position in the market, we can expect a high-end machine, delivering 4k and VR at stable and high FPS.

Also interesting for those still participating in good old LAN parties, MadBoxes will be able to communicate with each other free of cables and will feature a carrying handle.

We will yet have to see how the MadBox will fit into the context of #SimRacing, but considering Slightly Mad Studios’ background, it will probably play a significant role of some sort.

Slightly Mad Studios MadBox 1

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