Slightly Mad Studio’s Mad Box console is in trouble

 

Announced to raised eyebrows just a few short months ago, Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studio’s Mad Box console looks like it may not even reach the start line, let alone gain pole position.

“Google’s announcement of Stadia hasn’t helped the project with our investors,” said Slightly Mad’s online marketing director Nathan Bell. “We had some solid investment lined up but Google saying ‘the future of gaming isn’t in a box’ hasn’t done us any favours.”

“Two investors pulled out after the announcement of Stadia. All I can say at this stage is the future of the project is questionable,” he added.

The console probably won’t even be called Mad Box if it ever does make it to market, a French games company called Madbox have opposed the name when Slight Mad filed for the trademark, saying that there ‘exists a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public’. Slightly Mad withdrew their application for the trademark on April 5th, “Discussions are still on-going internally as to the naming of the console,” said Nathan.

The Mad Box was announced with the claim that it was going to be full 4K and do VR at 120FPS, and would be aimed at high end gamers. However, the console wasn’t due to ship for another three years and we are expecting the next PlayStation within two, and we know that will be able to output games in 8K making the Mad Box look rather under powered and very late to the market.

The Mad Box aimed to tempt developers and publishers by giving away an engine that could be used to create games for the console. They also stated that there would be no exclusivity deals for the box, “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 wrote when the console was revealed. “As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors.”

Source: PCGamesInsider

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2 Comments

  1. I’m certainly no analyst but this always gave the vibe of being a project that would never see the light of day to be honest. A brutally hard market to break into no doubt and general lack of buzz (despite it still being ages away from release) didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

  2. The remark about the next PlayStation running games at 8K isn’t entirely accurate. The machine will be able to process output an 8K signal is the same way an Xbox One S can output 4K. Which is to say 8K support is likely only for video streaming.

    I personally don’t see this console making it to market and I suspect if it did then it would struggle to exist for long. I want to see things like this make it but I find it difficult to take one seriously. The name and the designs they’ve thrown around were enough to make me feel this way. Other details haven’t helped. I don’t feel like they’re really serious about this product. I don’t think they have the brand recognition or track record either.. but I guess everything starts somewhere.

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