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    Mad Box, new game console by SMS

    https://www.gamespot.com/articles/a-.../1100-6464117/

    "Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell has revealed the company is developing a standalone console. Exact hardware and software specs haven't been announced yet, but Bell has provided a few details.

    The first mention of the console came via Twitter, when Bell tweeted, "The Mad Box is coming." Bell told Variety that the Mad Box will probably release in about three years and support up to 120 frames-per-second for virtual reality play. "It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now," Bell wrote. "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."

    When it comes to games on the console, Bell wrote, "We think exclusives are 'exclusionary' but given that we'll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice. As of now we have no plans to pay developers 'incentives' to exclude other hardware vendors." He further explained that Slightly Mad Studios thinks "the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly," and The Mad Box aims to bring some healthy competition to the console race, which for years has pretty much exclusively been a three-way battle between Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation, and Nintendo's hardware.

    Bell added that early design builds for the Mad Box will be revealed in about four to six weeks. The Mad Box is planned to release worldwide and be competitively priced in comparison to other upcoming consoles. "We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it's still early days and we're looking at the best offers right now," Bell wrote."
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    That article leaves a lot of Twitter details out. Like the important detail of PC peripherals being compatible with it... Rift, Vive, Logitech, Fanatec Thrustmaster but also fightsticks and that jazz.
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    Well if it's one thing my Xbox one x is missing, it's the peripherals. But honestly the Xbox can already deliver 4k pretty consistently and it's less than $500 so I'm not sure where this console will fit in. Maybe if they make it modular so you can upgrade it over time it could make a mark. Other than that I have a hard time seeing any real success. But I wish SMS the best of luck in trying
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    First images of new MadBox console just released!!

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    GreaT! iHAVE TO CHECK IT OUT.

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    I will create my own console ....Click image for larger version. 

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    Another "cunning plan" from Ian? Boy, I'm all ears! If this works out... Dude then we're in for a treat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible View Post
    Another "cunning plan" from Ian? Boy, I'm all ears! If this works out... Dude then we're in for a treat.
    I am reading a lot of scepticism about this plan though. A lot of similar comments like it failing like the Steam Machine did and so on.
    I can't say I blame them as game console development costs a lot of pretty pennies after all, and after that in order to get it successfully off of the ground you need a lot of interesting and beautiful games of all genres for your device on launch day in order to make it appealing as a new console on the market.
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    I'm just trying to be optimistic. If it fails though, it might fail big enough to put SMS out of business cost Ian a good load of money.
    But given the rough outlines of the plan, I think it might actually have a chance to make it.
    And regarding the steam machine... Let's be true. The whole concept was shit, with it being some sort of 'bridge' between PC and console. And then the configurable hardware. This is exactly not what console players want. Also steam OS wasn't ready. So it was all DOA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invincible View Post
    I'm just trying to be optimistic. If it fails though, it might fail big enough to put SMS out of business cost Ian a good load of money.
    But given the rough outlines of the plan, I think it might actually have a chance to make it.
    And regarding the steam machine... Let's be true. The whole concept was shit, with it being some sort of 'bridge' between PC and console. And then the configurable hardware. This is exactly not what console players want. Also steam OS wasn't ready. So it was all DOA.
    I am also looking forward to it but I rather want to stay realistic and say I still know too little of the project to form any good opinion of it in regards to if it will be a succes or not.

    I do hope that even if Ian fails that he has at least woke up the other parties already on the market. Although I do hope it will be a succes and it will have some unique features that we have yet to see in other consoles.

    On the other hand I would mind seeing the return of card ridges, but I'd rather see some 3D holographic storage.
    At least for consoles I prefer physical copies of games, as online services will always get shut down over time causing online only consoles to be useless afterwards.
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