London-based game development store Little crazy studios – behind Project CARS racing sim series, as well as Need for Speed: Shift franchise – lives up to its name with the announcement of its Next Project: A game console to compete with Xbox and PlayStation, and support VR content in three years.
It is from CEO Ian Bell, who told Variety that "The Mad Box console will support most large VR headphones and the upcoming and specifications correspond to a" very fast PC 2 years from now "." his bold claims about its abilities in a recent tweet:
What is The Mad Box? It's the most powerful console ever built … It's literally & # 39; Food & # 39; … You want 4k, do you want VR on 60FPS? You want a full engine free to develop your games on it? You got it.
̵1; Ian Bell SMS (@bell_sms) January 2, 2019
Bell clarified that the console will support 120fps VR games (60 fps per eye) and that the price will be competing with upcoming consoles. He added that it will be available all over the world.
The second major drawing is that Litt Mad will create a platform game development engine available to third parties who want to create content for the console. The company is not particularly concerned with developers making titles that are exclusive to Mad Box, and will let them decide how to make their releases available.
All this sounds good on paper, but we & # 39; You have to wait and see how Litt Mad's plans play out. It hopes to have images of early design construction for the console in about four to six weeks, and it is in conversations with investors interested in financing the project.
However, this can happen a lot in three years. Sony said in May last year that it intends to squeeze on online services to keep their PlayStation revenue until the end of March 2021, and there is a PS5 surfing that year. And while VR games aren't exactly right now, Mad Box may be ready for prime time.
It is also again to see if Little Mad has the technical and market leading chops to pull this off. The company claims its capabilities go beyond game development and covers car simulation and VR environmental creation. But it will have its work cut out for it by building a reliable product as well as distributing it all over the world and providing support from developers and players – all in the face of fierce competition from the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Published January 4, 2019 – 05:38 UTC