Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

The Project CARS developer is apparently making its own VR-capable console

The Project CARS developer is apparently making its own VR-capable console

The system will apparently support 4K gaming, VR at 60FPS per eye or 120 FPS total, and a number of peripherals.

The tweet alone makes a grand claim for "the most powerful console ever built", a term now saved for Microsoft's powerhouse, the Xbox One X - which is sure to see an even more powerful upgrade when the next generation of Xbox consoles launches, likely in 2020. As well as making a well-received sequel, the United Kingdom firm has built up quite a fanbase around its racing property and is now eyeing a rather more taxing challenge - a move into the world of video game hardware.

Following the announcement, various Twitter users contacted Bell about this new console, who confirmed that the console will be able to run games in 4K resolution, and VR titles in 120FPS.

Bell also said the company will be offering a free, cross-platform development engine for devs to create games on the Mad Box, and mentioned that it was in talks with vendors about wireless VR headsets. It would also work with most VR headsets in the market. The Mad Box is planned to release worldwide and be competitively priced in comparison to other upcoming consoles. If accurate, this would match the top 120 Hz capability of PlayStation VR, and be beyond the 90 Hz of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

The specifications of the console will be "equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now", he added. Or will you wait for what Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have in store for their next console before deciding?

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These tweets were then retweeted by Slightly Mad's official Twitter account, thereby given Bell's Tweets a bit more credibility.

Could the Mad Box happen?

"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. They don't plan to lock down exclusives, and its price will be "competitive with upcoming console prices".

Speaking with Variety, Bell confirmed the console will ship in "around three years" and that it will "be a console as is the Xbox or PlayStation".

Ian Bell refers to the Mad Box as "beyond next-gen".

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