In June we told you that KFC, the fast-food restaurant chain, had announced the KFConsole, a powerful video game console that would rival the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S. At the time it seemed like a simple joke, but it turns out that the console was actually designed and has very powerful hardware.
KFC revealed that it teamed up with Cooler Master to launch the KFConsole. It is hardware with 2 very clear goals. The first is to offer gaming experiences at 4K or up to 240 frames per second. The other is to have a heat chamber that helps you heat your fried chicken with the natural heat of the system and its airflow. This way you can have hot chicken whenever you are playing.
The design of the KFConsole was the responsibility of Cooler Master’s case modifier team, which is led by Timpelay. In case you don’t know, this is a Swedish hardware enthusiast, who has become famous thanks to his work for different companies.
“The hardest part was definitely designing the internals to be as compact as possible and to have enough cooling for the hardware,” Timpelay mentioned in a talk with Tom’s Hardware. “The cylindrical cube design and the chicken area are 2 different features, but they are difficult to work with. That combined with the high-performance PC meant that I had to spend days creating the 3D model for him. ”
WHAT HARDWARE DOES THE KFCONSOLE HAVE?
Now, if it promises to perform at 4K or 240 fps, it is clear that the KFConsole is a very powerful device. This is why you are surely wondering what is under the case to achieve this performance.
In a chat with Tom’s Hardware, Cooler Master confirmed that it has an Intel NUC 9 Extreme Element modified with a special Cooler Master case. At the moment it is a mystery which will be the processor of the final version, but individuals have already been able to test an early version that brings the Intel Core i9-9980HK.
What is official is that the KFConsole will come with an Asus RTX graphics card; 1TB of Seagate NVME SSD storage and 32GB of RAM. In other words, it is a kind of Steam Machine with a lot of power.
One point that is important to note is that the idea is that you can change the graphics card of your KFConsole. With this, KFC and Cooler Master want to ensure that fans have the option to make it the most powerful console on the market over time.
HOW TO GET THE KFCONSOLE? AN UNANSWERED QUESTION
The bad news is that KFC’s goal with the KFConsole is unknown for now. It is clear that this is a very successful marketing campaign, but what else will happen? Will he sell it? Will you make some unit accounts and raffle them? They are unanswered questions.
That said, we are expected to have more news in January on what KFC is up to with the KFConsole. We will stay tuned and inform you when there are more details.
And to you, what did you think of the KFConsole? Tell us in the comments.