Back in June, the KFC Gaming Twitter account jokingly posted images of the ‘KFConsole', a KFC bucket shaped console with a compartment to warm up fried chicken. Now, several months later, it is no longer a joke, as KFC has teamed up with Cooler Master to build the system.
The KFConsole is now real. It will be based on an Intel NUC 9 Extreme, housed in a customised Cooler Master NC100 chassis made to look like the original concept design. Aside from the Intel CPU, there will also be an ASUS GPU inside to make it fit for gaming – although the exact model GPU is not currently known. We do know that the KFConsole will feature a ‘first of its kind' hot-swappable GPU slot, so users will be able to upgrade the graphics card themselves if they wish.
Other specifications include two Seagate FireCuda Gaming NVMe SSDs, combining for 2TB of storage. The system will also support 240Hz output, Virtual Reality and ray tracing, which all makes sense, as this is essentially a PC – albeit, one with a drawer to store fried chicken.
Mark Cheevers, PR & Social Media Lead at KFC UK & Ireland, commented on the KFConsole announcement, saying: “We all know the console war is vicious, but we’re very confident in the KFConsole as our flagship entry. This machine is capable of running games at top-level specs, all on top of keeping your meal warm for you to enjoy during your gaming experience… what’s not to like? If Sony or Microsoft want any tips on how to engineer a chicken chamber for their efforts next time, they’d be welcome to get in touch.”
Meanwhile, Cooler Master is also pleased to be partnering on the project, with the company's global PR manager, Stephen James, saying: “When we were approached by KFC Gaming to make the KFConsole, we jumped at the chance to get involved and enter the console war. The KFConsole has been custom built with the gamer at the front of mind. The last thing we want is anyone to go hungry while playing!”
There is no word on a launch date, or how much this thing will end up costing, but we should hear more in 2021.
KitGuru Says: The KFConsole has transitioned from a meme to reality. What do you all think of this idea?