Slightly Mad Studios, the developer behind hit racing sim, Project CARS, has announced that it’s entering the console war with the Mad Box which they’re calling “the most powerful console ever built”.

The news came via Slightly Mad Studios’ CEO Ian Bell who first posted “The Mad Box is coming” on his Twitter. He then followed with a bunch of information. According to Bell, the Mad Box will offer 4K, VR at 120FPS, and “a full engine for free to develop your games on it,” said Bell.

Variety then followed-up with Bell via email revealing that the console will ship within three years time and will be a console much like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, presumably suggesting that it won’t just be a PC for the living room – like Steam Machines.

“It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’,” Bell wrote in an email. “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.”

As for games, Bell explained that they’ll allow games from all developers both old and new on the Mad Box, and many developers will be able to use Slightly Mad’s “completely free development engine” to build games. Interestingly though he seems to be against the idea of exclusive Mad Box titles.

“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. “As of now, we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors.”

You can check out the full interview over on Variety’s website. As for the Mad Box specs and pricing, we know very little. Though Bell has shared a few images of what the console may look like:

Bell has also revealed that the console will have a deployable handle in between the “M” and each Mad Box will talk one another without cables.

I’d definitely keep an eye on Bell’s Twitter account as even as I write this he’s posting information about the Mad Box, so stay tuned.

In other news, Slightly Mad Studios is currently working on a mobile version of its hit racer, Project CARS GO. No release date for this mobile title has been announced just yet.

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