Apparently, no one liked the look of The Mad Box. So much so that Slightly Mad Studios has already changed the design before we've even seen proper specs. The company's CEO, Ian Bell, took to Twitter this week to show off the new design of the box, as well as some of the menu options, showing that the new box can be put on its side or flat on a surface. But because it's just a design, it seems to be missing some key elements like ports and a power supply.
The public have spoken and we've listened. This is the design we're going with. It might be slightly amended over time… Thanks all for your responses which have helped to guide us. pic.twitter.com/3dadUkz4Ue
— Ian Bell CEO SMS, Executive Director Codemasters. (@bell_sms) January 11, 2019
One of the more interesting aspects of this design is that it tells you what's happening on the front of the box, letting you know if you got an email, what game is playing, or what media you're consuming on the display. That's an interesting feature that we'd love to see more of, as well as trying to figure out if it might be interactive with voice-commands. For what it's worth, Bell seems to want to have fan feedback into the device, and is engaging with those who are genuinely there to give input, so this may be one of the few consoles where gamers have a direct influence over how it will be designed and programmed. May not be that huge of an influence, but it already changed the shape.