This is our first look at the rather unexpected new player on the console market: the Mad Box.
Slightly Mad Studios CEO and founder Ian Bell only revealed the console’s existence two days ago. Now he has now shared its design on Twitter too.
It’s a very unusual form, built around the shape of an M — we see what they did there. SMS clearly intends it to stand vertically, with the ends of the M splayed out to form a stand. One end seems to consist of a transparent plate through which you can see the console internals. Bell’s post blurs these out, as some aspects are apparently not finalized.
Although the legs aren’t very space friendly — it looks like you’ll need almost as much space on your desk as the console’s full height — Bell suggests they contain some components. This could hint at wireless charging for game pads.
The Tweets show the Mad Box with four different color light strips, with the large SMS mascot on the side picked out in the same color. It seems likely that these are color-changing LEDs that convey a system status, or are user-configurable.
Among other things, Bell also confirms wireless communication between Mad Box units. He adds that they each have a one-press carry handle and don’t weigh all that much. It’s hard to get a sense of scale from the images, but the console appears to be at least the same size as a PS4 Pro, albeit wider.
Just for you guys, we blurred the internals as we're still in discussions xx pic.twitter.com/8SjWsdTzHR
— Ian Bell SMS (@bell_sms) January 4, 2019
We’ll bring you more information on this slightly mad machine as we get it.