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The Mad Box console's future is "questionable" following Google's Stadia reveal

Google's comments on Stadia 'hasn't done us any favours'.

The Mad Box console's future is

The Mad Box console's future is "questionable" following Google's Stadia reveal

Slightly Mad Studios plans to release a next-generation console, hoping to deliver gamers high-end performance which surpasses both Microsoft and Sony's next-generation offerings, supporting high resolutions, VR and high framerates. 

Since then, Google has announced Stadia, their cloud gaming platform, which hopes to bring gaming to anyone with an internet connection, bringing high-end gaming experiences to low-power mobile devices as well as smart TVs, and PCs. In Google's eyes, the future of gaming is in the cloud, not in a box. 

Nathan Bell, Slightly Mad Studio's online marketing director, has stated to PCGamesInsider that the future of the company's "Mad Box" console is under threat, with two investors backing away from the project after the reveal of Google's Stadia platform. Comments regarding the future of gaming being in the cloud, and not in a box, have been particularly harmful. 
 
   
   We had some solid investment lined up, but Google saying 'the future of gaming isn't in a box' hasn't done us any favours,

Two investors pulled out after the announcement of Stadia. All I can say at this stage is the future of the project is questionable.

Slightly Mad Studios abandons  

Slightly Mad Studios have recently been forced to abandon their trademark application for the name "Mad Box", after being challenged by a French gaming company called Madbox, leaving their console with no official name. Now that the console has lost two investors, it now looks like Slightly Mad's gaming platform lacks both a name and the funding needed to develop the system. 

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02-05-2019, 05:10:19

Daiyus
I really don't like the idea of Stadia. It's one of those ideas that makes accessibility much easier, but ultimately removes user control and ownership. The day I cannot store games locally will be the day quit being a gamer.Quote

02-05-2019, 05:50:33

demonking
The bit that confuses me on this article is that the Stadia is not new news. All be it no official reveals or details but the world has known that Google was releasing a cloud based gaming platform for quite some time, as are Microsoft, Nvidia and a few others....Quote

02-05-2019, 06:02:06

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Daiyus View Post
I really don't like the idea of Stadia. It's one of those ideas that makes accessibility much easier, but ultimately removes user control and ownership. The day I cannot store games locally will be the day quit being a gamer.
With both PS5 and the next Xbox confirmed pretty much I wouldn't worry about it.

So many companies have tried this already, I don't think Google will change it much. Even if they do it will be years and years before it happens any way.Quote

02-05-2019, 06:33:37

WYP
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The bit that confuses me on this article is that the Stadia is not new news. All be it no official reveals or details but the world has known that Google was releasing a cloud based gaming platform for quite some time, as are Microsoft, Nvidia and a few others....
Stadia isn't new news, but its impact on the Mad box's development is. Just because people like us saw it coming a mile off doesn't mean that mr investor did, or at a minimum they didn't expect it to look so promising.Quote

02-05-2019, 07:00:02

tgrech
For countries like UK & US where we have privatised (incredibly expensive and often relatively unreliable or low rural coverage) broadband access, as well as a well established, many decades old home console/PC market, yeah even if Stadia was perfect on Google's end tomorrow it'd take many many many years to catch on. But for many countries, much of mainland Europe, where you can get ~gigabit FTTP/FTTH for the price of a basic package here, or over the next couple years when there is 5G with lower latency than our copper-last-mile home broadband, combined with the fact in many of these countries physical games & hardware can seem quite overpriced compared to the UK due to the smaller markets, things like Stadia could be a massive hit within a couple of years, now the internet infrastructure is there.

In theory, developers could eventually be making games that are literally impractical to attempt to run on a home PC, if games are made for cloud hardware from their inception they could have the potential to eventually start levaraging much much larger pools of fast local memory or many core systems long before devs could realistically target these for home PCs. Combine that with 1ms internet and 120fps targets, yearly hardware upgrade cycles to match the needs of new games and so on and in 5 years time these services could technically be the "top-end" gaming systems.Quote
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