The KFC Console caught the attention of both gamers and fried chicken fans everywhere upon its unveiling, and it’s easy to see why.
First announced in December 2020, not only is the fast-food manufacturer’s novelty building a completely unexpected — and hilarious — console, but the KFC Console promises to keep diners warm while you play, thanks to its built-in chicken chamber.
KFConsole was created in partnership with PC manufacturer Cooler Master, as it is officially known, initially in June 2020. Just the idea of the console being created by KFC sent fans into a frenzy on social media, which eventually led to suppliers Kentucky Fried Chicken is taking this concept even further.
However, since the KFC Console announcement, details have been scarce. It’s still not clear if the console will see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t peaked our interest. After all, we’ve seen crazier things happen in the video game industry over the years.
Since then, Microsoft made the Xbox Series X meme a reality and released the Xbox Mini Fridge, so we guess the prospect of playing on a bucket-shaped gaming PC that keeps food fun isn’t beyond the realms of our imaginations. If you’re hungry to learn more about the KFC Console, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about this dodgy fast food gaming machine that promises to be good at the flick of a finger.
KFC Console: Cut to chase
- What is this? Game console from Kentucky Fried Chicken. No seriously
- How much will it cost? Probably more than 20 KFC Party Buckets
- When will it be released? Maybe never. No release date has been set.
KFC Console price and release date
KFC has never announced a price or release date for the KFC console, but we can hazard a guess at what the system might cost based on its specifications, which we’ll discuss in more detail below.
The console is claimed to be a mini gaming PC – and these aren’t cheap. KFC also said that the system is capable of playing the latest titles at “stunning 4K, 240fps,” though that’s clearly an exaggeration. This number is based on the console running ‘I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger-Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator. Well, take that claim with a sprinkle of eleven herbs and spices, if you will.
Either way, we expected to part ways at least $600 / £600 if the KFC Console launches at all, with potentially different SKUs available at different price points. That’s more than 20 KFC Party Buckets, to put it in chicken-based perspective, and it’ll top the price of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which are $499 / £449 respectively.
That’s assuming it’s called, anyway. Since it was announced in 2020, we haven’t heard any other details at all and we’re now in August 2022. Given the nature of this device, it seems unlikely that this KFC console will ever see the light of day, as it currently stands.
KFC Console Specifications
The Bargain-Bucket machine seems capable of chewing up the latest games, though much like the pricing and release date, a lot of the KFC Console’s specs are still getting under wraps.
The console uses a high-end Intel CPU, an Intel Nux 9 Extreme Compute Element, an ASUS-powered hot-swappable mini-GPU, and two Seagate BarraCuda 1TB NVMe SSDs. Mini GPUs can’t quite offer the same performance as their bigger brothers, but depending on the dimensions of the KFC console, it might be possible to fit a more powerful card inside.
Of course, there is also a unique point of sale in the KFC Console, which is the world’s first built-in chicken room. The chamber will ensure that the chicken never gets cold, as the patented chamber uses the natural heat and airflow of the system to keep the food warm.
Designed by KFC Console
Take one look at the KFC console and what do you see? That’s right, it’s shaped like the company’s famous bucket and is based on a custom version of the Cooler Master NC100 chassis. The power button is on the front of the device, along with a large compartment that we can only assume can be opened (somehow) so you can put fried chicken inside.
The bottom of the console appears to have some sort of RGB lighting, which is red to match the console’s sleek aesthetic. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if RGB is customizable, as it’s a pretty standard feature for modern gaming PCs. That, and one color is never enough for most gamers these days, especially those who take great pride in the aesthetics of their devices.
Is KFC Console real?
That’s the question on everyone’s lips (with some KFC gravy, probably), but the chances of the console making it to market are relatively slim. There’s a huge difference between creating a concept and manufacturing a device like this, especially as the global semiconductor crisis continues to take its toll on Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo when it comes to supply.
Then again, chicken coop aside, the KFC Console is basically just an ATX PC with off-the-shelf components inside. The hardest part after securing the necessary parts is manufacturing the custom enclosure and making sure the system actually keeps your fried meat warm as promised. It’s not like KFC needs to produce its own silicon and SOC (System on a Chip), either.
Can I pre-order KFC Console?
Unfortunately no. KFC hasn’t announced a price or release date for its ambitious system, and we’re honestly not sure if it will become an actual product in the future. We’re still crossing all our fingers and giving that this is really happening. I mean, who doesn’t want to own a machine that keeps fried chicken warm And Offers incredible gaming performance? exactly.