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

A New Game Console Is On The Way To Compete With Xbox And PlayStation

Just when the PS5 versus Xbox Two next-gen console war seemed to be locked on course for a two-combatant slug fest, comes the dramatic revelation from the CEO of Slightly Mad Studios that it has developed the "Mad Box", an insanely powerful new console that has been designed with just one goal in mind, "to raise the bar, substantially" with "the most powerful console ever built".

What is the Mad Box?

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

Besides gaming PCs, the most powerful gaming consoles on the market now are the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Bell is also keen to assure players that Project CARS 3 will have its roots remain firmly in the simulation end of the racing game spectrum amid fear from fans that a watered down and more arcade-like experience would materialise.

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The refresh rate is how many time per second the image you see is refreshed or replaced, with higher refresh rate speeds meaning smoother motion and lower risk of motion sickness - crucial in VR.

Could the Mad Box happen?

For developers, Bell says that Slightly Mad Studios won't be shelling out for exclusivity incentives since it's the company's belief that exclusives are exclusionary, but hopes that the availability of that entirely (but unnamed) free cross-platform engine mentioned before will encourage developers to consider bringing their games to the Mad Box. We'd expect this more from a hugely bankrolled gaming division in Amazon or Google than from a moderately successful racing sim developer. To be fair, many things seem far fetched until they arrive, as the first Xbox likely seemed when it released to take on the Sony PlayStation. "Prices will drop with ship quantity but we're not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively", Bell told website Variety.

Bell added that early design builds for the Mad Box will be revealed in about four to six weeks.

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