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First Look At The Official Mad Box Game Console Renders, Looks Like Something From A Sci-Fi Movie

Consoles inherently aren’t the most powerful machines. They always strive for a middle ground where they can be sold for a bargain with hardware that is fairly decent. For a lot of people, that’s great news because at the end of the day they need something that can play games and things like 4K and high refresh rates are luxuries.

 The New Mad Box Console

So Ian Bell, the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios lowkey announced the Mad Box. It’s supposed to be a powerful console running VR at 60 fps and games in actual 4k (not upscaled).

For any company, entering the console business can be daunting but they seem to have a USP here. The interest for more powerful consoles is there and we have seen that with the release of the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. VR is also something consoles don’t do very well, right now the Xbox lacks any kind of a VR headset and Sony only has the PSVR, which is decent but lacks games and doesn’t offer a true room-scale experience.

The Mad Box is very early in development, but according to this tweet, they will offer their VR at 180 fps, which is 90 fps on each display. 90 fps is the industry standard as far as VR is concerned, but it would have been nice to see something along the lines of true 120 fps.

Design And Look

So this might be the final design of the console on release and honestly, it looks very cool. RGB has been a big trend in 2018 and they seem to have embraced it in their design here. There are two fans on the front, which is a welcome change from current gen consoles where cooling is somewhat traded for form factor.

Horizontal orientation won’t be possible so that might be a small downside to this design.

Pricing And Release

It is too early to make a call but according to Ian the Madbox will sit on the higher end but will be priced conservatively.  We can imagine the price to fall under the 600$ to 900$ bracket, anything above that might be a tough sell.

Again, these consoles are far from production so there’s no fixed date but from the tweet above, the minimum wait is three and a half years.

It’s good that the team is taking their time with it. A lot of things need to fall in place for a successful launch. Third-party game support is extremely important for any console and Ian and his team are working on tech that will allow devs to port their games to the Mad Box easily.


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