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Mad Box: a VR Ready game console… by an unknown company

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  • With Mad Box, Ian Bell wants to challenge Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony

So far, the game console market has yet to embrace virtual reality. Other than Sony's PSVR for the PS4, no VR headsets are available for home consoles. Microsoft was planning to launch a headset for the Xbox One, but changed its mind at the last moment. Similarly, following the failure of its Virtual Boy headset in the 90s, Nintendo is suspicious and refuses to produce a headset for the Switch.



Against all expectations, it is a practically unknown company which has decided to get its hands dirty. Indeed, the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios, Ian Bell, has just announced on Twitter his plan to launch a machine called “Mad Box” offering 4K compatibility, a free game engine to develop games, and above all Wireless VR at 90 FPS per eye for a staggering 180 FPS total.

With Mad Box, Ian Bell wants to challenge Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony

To be exact, Slightly Mad Studios is no stranger to business. We owe him in particular The Project Cars racing game saga which is also compatible with virtual reality headsets on PC. However, the firm has no experience in building hardware. It is therefore a particularly ambitious project, which may even seem a little crazy ...

However, shortly after his publication on Twitter, Ian Bell tempered the surprise by specifying that the launch of the Mad Box will take place "in three years or more". The company director also specifies that he began his career 28 years ago by assembling PCs. He is therefore not “totally” inexperienced in hardware, even if we can doubt that this experience really helps him to compete with giants like Sony and Microsoft…



However, Ian Bell claims to be in negotiation with more than 20 hardware construction groups to achieve its goals. Anyway, we will have to wait until 2021 at the earliest to find out if the Mad Box keeps its promises (hoping that the project really materializes) ...





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