FAST FOOD titan KFC has launched a video game console featuring a special draw to keep your chicken wings warm.
But is the KFConsole real, and if so, how much does it cost?
The KFConsole boasts an impressive spec sheetCredit: kfc gaming
Is the KFConsole real?
The KFConsole was announced in June in a surprise tweet from the official KFC Twitter account. Most fans presumed it was a joke.
Fast forward a few months, and on December 22 KFC unveiled an official trailer for the machine, featuring what appears to be a prototype model.
KFC promised that its contraption would bring an end to the “console wars” that have raged for years between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation.
Official press releases from KFC and Cooler Master – a US PC specialist that designed on the machine – appear to confirm the KFConsole is indeed real.
The KFConsole was announced earlier this year – though most fans presumed it was a jokeCredit: KFC Gaming
“Yes, it’s real,” tweeted Mark Walton, a spokesperson for Intel, which worked with Cooler Master on the bonkers console.
“Yes, it’s powered by Intel. And yes, it has a chicken warmer.”
KFConsole design and specs
Not to be outdone by the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, KFC has loaded its console with an impressive array of specs.
The console’s shell, which is shaped like a KFC bargain bucket, houses a high-powered Intel Nuc 9 extreme compute element.
That means it’s capable of 4K gaming, and apparently can run games at 240 frames per second – twice the frame rate of the Series X and PS5.
It’s even got a swappable GPU slot, allowing gamers to amp up the processing power by upgrading their graphics card.
Powered by a pair of Seagate BarraCuda 1TB SSDs, it’s said that the console can boot up games within seconds.
The console in official press images is black with red detailing. It’s not clear if other colour combos will be available.
KFConsole chicken drawer
You can place your chicken wings in a special drawer to keep them warmCredit: KFC gaming
The compartment keeps cooked chicken warmCredit: KFC gaming
The true game-changer (no pun intended) is the inclusion of a special drawer to keep your chicken warm.
According to Cooler Master, the drawer helps keep the innards of the KFConsole cool while heating up your dinner.
“Never risk letting your chicken go cold again thanks to the patented Chicken Chamber,” Cooler Master says in its press release.
“Utilizing the system’s natural heat and airflow system you can now focus on your gameplay and enjoy hot, crispy chicken between rounds.”
KFConsole price and release date
KFC first teased the console back in JuneCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sadly, no price or release date has been given for the KFConsole.
It’s likely it will get a limited release with only a handful of consoles made available to consumers.
And with the impressive spec sheet put together by Cooler Master, expect the console to be on the pricier side.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
In other news, The Sun’s favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
Grab a VR headset and you’ll be able to play the legendary Beat Saber – like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers.
And Dell’s Alienware R10 Ryzen Edition is a gaming PC powerhouse that crushes both the new consoles.
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