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“The Mad Box is coming” – Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell

Usman Ali Ramay

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"The Mad Box is coming" - Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell

That’s all we know so far, no specs, no launch date or anything that would give us a vague idea as to what this thing is but all things point at a console, a gaming console. Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell came with a bombshell by revealing that the company is undertaking a massive project. A standalone console is underdevelopment but no details were given.

Tweet above was the first clue and came straight from the CEO of the company. Bell was talking with Variety that the Mad Box will be released in about three years time and support up to 120 fps for VR play. Bell wrote,

 “It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now, We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”

"The Mad Box is coming" - Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell

Nintendo Switch, Xbox One S, PlayStation 4 Pro

Gaming on the consoles is nothing new and since the 80s many consoles have graced out living rooms but this day and age with monsters like Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo, no one even dreams about entering the arena. Bell further wrote,

“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice. As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors. The industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly,”

Now is this simply a friendly throw of the gauntlet by the CEO or is he declaring a war on the consoles. In either case, it is going to phenomenal even if this doesn’t work out. I am not trying to jinx the company but many major projects fall short plus all we have are vague details about the whole thing and in 3 years we will have the PlayStation 5, Xbox Scarlett and Nintendo Switch 2 for sure. So keeping that in mind and making sure that console is good for the next decade is a major thought process.

"The Mad Box is coming" - Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell

Old and Current Gaming Consoles

In about next 4-6 months designs will be showcased to all according to Bell, but those will be prototypes I suppose but we will have something concrete at least. Pricing and worldwide distribution and covering all the markets is being planned to cover all the bases. Bell explained,

 “We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it’s still early days and we’re looking at the best offers right now,”

It’s all a waiting game, we are not sure either whether this console is going to be focused on the mainstream market of a niche like the VR. Each gaming hardware market is dominated by big companies that know the ins and the outs of the entire industry since they run the whole thing. Whether the new kid be bullied or welcomed, time will tell. For now, I am excited and applaud the effort by Slightly Mad Studios and their CEO for a great news.

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Google Announces ‘Stadia’: A Cloud-Based Gaming Service

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Google Announced Stadia

We all know Google as the search engine, YouTube, Gmail, Maps and of course their tracking our movements and all that jazz but they are bringing something else into their portfolio, something Big. The company announced a Gaming and entertainment service named ‘Stadia’ at GDC 2019, a cloud-based game streaming service. The concept is not new by a long shot but when a company like Google announces it, it becomes legit and a big deal.

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The Service

Any game that is available on the service is yours, allegedly and theoretically. No matter the hardware, as long as you have a screen that has an internet connection such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, tv etc.

Running high fidelity games, and upcoming titles, the services requires so much juice at the back end to make this service viable. To which, Google has come up with a spec sheet for their cloud units which can easily compete with a fully decked out gaming pc out there.

Let’s check out the specs shall we:

GPU – 10.7 teraflops – 56 computing units – HBM2 Memory

CPU – Custom x86 Processor – 2.7 GHz – Hyperthreaded – AVX 2

Memory – 16GB RAM – 484GB/s transfer speed – L2+L3 Cache of 9.5MB

Now let’s get some perspective from the current benchmarks.

Google compared the stats on stage, PS4 Pro runs on 4.2 teraflops while Xbox One X stays capped at 6 teraflops and the rest can be balanced from here. In plain words, these units that Stadia with custom AMD GPU can easily leave a current generation console a run for their money and matches PC is terms of speed and quality, at least in theory.

While people with consoles sitting in their living rooms thinking about the new generation machines to come out with better internals and better games, Google is trying to change the game altogether.

Google claims that at launch, gamers will be able to enjoy 4K resolution with 60 fps with HDR and better quality surround sound. Not only that, similar resolution and fidelity will be translated into streaming the game live on YouTube channel will be possible. All of this sounds so promising and a gamers and streamers dream. In future, the stats will move to 8K at 120 fps but there is no solid word on that front.

It sounds ridiculous to any PC gamer who hears that the streaming service will be able to run the titles in 4K while most PCs today can’t do that but imagine if your game can’t run in 4K but the servers a lot you a secondary unit and now you are running the game with not one but two gaming PCs. This however requires back end support from the developers to allow such a thing to happen, but I am not certain if that will be possible right from the get-go.

Stadia controller is something I am really interested in especially if it will connect to multiple devices including mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, or even consoles. The controller looks similar to DualShock by Sony but with a cleaner look and two new buttons: Capture and Smart function. In case you are not interested in buying yet another controller and find a place to charge it, then you can use any controller you want as long as it connects to the internet device running the Stadia app or service.

The caveats are two major ones with this service; it won’t be available worldwide and you require one heck of an internet connection to play and stream the game. If you can surpass these hurdles and Google is able to deliver on these alleged perks then this will be the new gaming benchmarks and may end up reforming the industry.

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Devil May Cry 5 Mod: The ‘Kylo Ren’ Plays from the Star Wars Character

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Devil May Cry 5 Kylo Ren

Devil May Cry 5 is one of our preferred rounds of 2019, and CAPCOM has been on a flat out move this year, with recreations like Resident Evil 2 Remake, and the new development for Monster Hunter: World. Presently, we as a whole realize V looks a great deal like Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren in the ebb and flow Star Wars set of three, and this Devil May Cry 5 Mod gives you a chance to play as him in the game.

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We’re actually shocked this mod has just barely discharged, as individuals made examinations since the V as a character was uncovered in the trailers.

‘Kylo Ren’ will swap V’s ensemble and his stick with Kylo’s lightsaber in both red and purple hues. To introduce this mod, you’ll have to pursue the means underneath;

Prior to running the mod director just because, guarantee all PAK records in your DMC 5 organizer introduce are unmodified (to effortlessly do this, right-click the game in Steam and pick “confirm document trustworthiness”)

Run mod chief, click on “Oversee Mods” and snap on mods to introduce or uninstall them, for this situation, introduce the Kylo Ren mod. That is all you’ll have to do and you can play as Kylo Ren in Devil May Cry 5 with alternatives of both the Red and Purple Lightsaber.

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Microsoft ‘Halo Infinite’ Now Run On Xbox Scarlett, What to Expect

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Halo Infinite

The current year’s E3 was a noteworthy occasion, and fans got the opportunity to see such a significant number of recreations being exhibited at the occasion. In any case, there was one specific game which was making its arrival after an extremely lengthy timespan, and it is the forthcoming Halo Infinite. Fans have been energized as far back as Microsoft first uncovered the game, and after the current year’s exhibit, the promotion has expanded exponentially.

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343 Industries built up the principal individual shooter game, and it will be the starting title for Xbox Scarlett, so fans have incredibly high expectations from, and it’s a conspicuous response, as the Halo establishment is a fan-top pick. It is the 6th portion in the arrangement, and it will be proceeding with the story after Halo 5: Guardians. As of late, Microsoft uncovered what fans could anticipate from the up and coming title, and we have accumulated all the ongoing updates and data with respect to the game, so here is all that you have to think about the up and coming Halo Infinite.

In a meeting with Euro Gamer, manager of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty said that their first-party studio has direct access with the group chipping away at the Xbox Scarlett and the group taking a shot at Halo gets immediate access to what is being kept running on the equipment of Project Scarlett.

So the group will have more thought on the cutting edge reassure, and ideally, the group can utilize that to further their full potential benefit while creating Halo Infinite. Matt uncovered that clearly, the game would run well on Xbox One and different gadgets at the same time, the presentation is best on Xbox Scarlett.

Matt prodded that the up and coming Halo Infinite will have a greater thickness of life in its reality and they will work acquire more subtleties the light of the world. Matt hasn’t uncovered the full subtleties as he needs to stay quiet till the discharge date, in any case, this is sufficient to get fans progressively energized.

Corona Infinite is required to discharge at some point in 2020 alongside Xbox Scarlett. Stay tuned to Otakukart for more updates.

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