The Mad Box Console Has a Handle, GameCube-Style

The Mad Box Console Has a Handle, GameCube-Style

The Mad Box is a real console and it has the handles to prove it.

Slightly Mad Studios is working on a new video game console and today the company's CEO Ian Bell shared some concept designs for what this new hardware could look like.

Bell shared the designs on his Twitter account along with some additional details on features. The Mad Box is not currently in production but Slightly Mad is in discussions with manufacturers regarding the necessary components. According to Bell the specs for the Mad Box will be like a "very fast PC two years from now."

These designs certainly look like fancy PC towers, but Bell says the Mad Box will occupy a home console space. Want proof? Mad Box is aiming squarely at the GameCube by having deployable carry handles. The Mad Box also apparently "weighs very little," and can "talk" to other Mad Boxes without cables, though Bell didn't elaborate what that means.

Previously Bell said that the Mad Box will support 4k graphics, 60FPS, and most existing VR headsets. Slightly Mad also says the Mad Box will play cross-platform games, and that the company isn't eyeing exclusives as they don't necessarily believe in hardware exclusivity. The company plans on sharing their cross-platform Madness engine with developers but won't offer incentives to have games be Mad Box exclusives.

Prior to the Mad Box, Slightly Mad was best-known for its Project Cars simulation games which are popular among enthusiasts. The Project Cars titles also support VR which is presumably a reason why the Mad Box will support the platform as well.

Bell hasn't announced a release date or price for the Mad Box but says it will be "competitive" with rival hardware.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

Google Stadia Picks Up New Exclusives From Harmonix and Supermassive Games

In its quest for cloud dominance, Stadia's getting more content to call its own.

Ghost of Tsushima Gets New Soundtrack Remix EP Featuring Tycho, Tokimonsta, and More

The Glitch Mob and Nine Inch Nails's Alessandro Cortini also have remixes on the new EP.

The "Pleasant Surprise" for Titanfall Fans in Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here

We've also got a big hint as to where Apex might take its Legends next.

You may also like

Xbox Talks Up the Series X's Loading Capabilities "Beyond the Raw Hardware Specs"

Microsoft is emphasizing gains that are only designed for the Series X's memory.

Lake is a Chill Mail-Delivery Game Where You "Probably" Can't Run Anyone Over

We speak to Gamious co-founder Jos Bouman about Lake.

How Halo 3's Forge Mode Led One Dev to Get Hired for Halo Infinite

A neat story for fans of Halo's level-crafting suite.