New Xbox And PlayStation Console Competitor Official Designs Revealed, First Look At “Mad Box”

New Xbox And PlayStation Console Competitor Official Designs Revealed, First Look At "Mad Box"

While there’s plenty to look forward to in the next few years, hardware-makers are already gearing up for the next generation of console gaming. Oodles of speculation has attempted to gauge where what the norm will be once this new era begins, with irregular releases and the possibility of discless machines becoming a few of the latest points of conversation. However, most companies have been largely quiet about any of their potential plans, save for one emerging contender in Slightly Mad Studios’ Mad Box.

The game developer recently announced their intent to release a formidable new console, one that would rival big systems such as Xbox and PlayStation in terms of power and capability. This wasn’t just a blind aspiration either, as CEO Ian Bell effectively called his shot over social media, confirming 4K resolution, virtual reality, and 60 FPS were all planned to be standard features. The reveals weren’t one to stop there, as Bell has now taken the time to share a few initial designs for the upcoming console.

The Mad Box sports a striking look to say the least, notably utilizing a rounded glowing “M” at the base of its design. Other eye-catching aspects of the system include is its large pair of stabilizing feet as well as a Slightly Mad logo embossed on the side. The whole package very much resembles a high-end custom PC and that idea doesn’t seem very far from the console’s goals according to a number of Bell’s follow-up posts on Twitter.

Slightly Mad was confirmed to be in talks with a number of potential hardware partners, but emphasized “power” is considered an utmost priority with the Mad Box. In fact, it seems the console is considering going discless to further beef up its internal prestige, Bell pointing out that the above images have a slot for DVD or Blu-Ray discs.

Controllers for the emerging system are currently underway, but Bell stopped short of giving them a proper reveal. However, he did hint that the could receive a grand unveiling in the coming weeks. In addition, the distinctive “M” design was revealed to house a hidden carry handle for increased portability, suggesting Slightly Mad is pursuing a lighter weight in addition to high-end hardware. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what kind of balance will be struck to meet both of these aspirations.

The Mad Box has no current release date, but is on track to arrive in 3+ years.

What do you think? Are you enjoying the strange look of the Mad Box, or do you feel a lacking disc drive might be a deal-breaker? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his weekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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