For some time now there have only been three teams in said race: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. You may have heard of them. Although it’s not so much a race as a relentless popularity contest. Either way, Slightly Mad Studios CEO, Ian Bell, is hungry for a participation trophy.

Slightly Mad Studios is a British video game company that brought us such vehicle-related gaming experiences as Need for Speed: Shift and Project CARS. Well, according to Variety, they’re now having a go at hardware development with a “stand alone console” that will support VR and “will be a console as is the Xbox or Playstation”.

Bell wrote in an email to Variety that their console “will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now'”. Ah, yes, the oft-used metric for guessing the performance of things that don’t exist; the future PC. He went on to write that “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.”

Early design builds will apparently be released in four to six weeks time with the console set for release about three years from now.

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