But according to the CEO of game developer Slightly Mad Studios, the company will eventually be joining that group with "the most powerful console ever made": the Mad Box. With the gaming community - and what platforms even mean anymore - constantly evolving, can this new platform be deemed a true competitor?
Given Slightly Mad's own development experience, we could be looking some incredibly-rendered racing sims, and a console powerful enough for truly high-end VR gaming - speaking to Variety, Bell confirmed they were developing the console to be compatible with "most major VR headsets", which is unlike anything Xbox or PlayStation are now offering. Bell said that they now have the design of the Mad Box all specced out and are now in discussions with manufacturing partners.
But what is the console, truly? If I had to venture a guess, if this console does somehow see the light of day then it'll likely cost far more than a traditional console and will instead mirror prices more often seen with a high-end PC.
The system will apparently support 4K gaming, VR at 60FPS per eye or 120 FPS total, and support a number of peripherals. Bell also states that it'll include a full engine for free game development. Not to mention many widely-used engines are cross-platform, so that perk isn't huge to developers either. Bell says the Slightly Mad console (dubbed The Mad Box) will be "the most powerful console ever built".
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"We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly", Bell told Variety.
We'll have to wait to see more about what the Mad Box will actually entail when more specific details are given but as of now, the project seems quite ambitious.
Bell gave more details to Variety, saying that The Mad Box is approximately three years out, that it'll be a standalone console that's compatible with most major VR headsets, and that it'll be comparable to a top-of-the-line PC two years from now.
Want specs? Well, there's not much to say at the moment.