Play Life, Live Games column: Is KFC entering console gaming or playing a holiday prank?

Dusty Ricketts
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It's always exciting when new gaming consoles get announced. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S systems released in November, I wasn't expecting any more big console reveals coming in 2020.

But the end of the year brought a doozy.

On Dec. 22, fast-food chain KFC announced a partnership with Cooler Master, a company known for making components for custom-built gaming PCs, with plans to release the KFConsole, the first video game console with a built-in Chicken Chamber for keeping your chicken warm while you're playing games.

I'm still not 100% convinced that this isn't a joke the two companies are pulling on us. I find it hilarious either way.

No release date or price has been given yet, but everything else about the announcement looks very legit.

There are photos of the console itself, which is mostly black and shaped like one of KFC's chicken buckets. According to the console's website, it features a custom Cooler Master NC100 chassis, is powered by the Intel Nuc 9 Extreme Compute Element, a swappable GPU slot so the system can stay up to date, and two Seagate BarraCuda 1TB SSD. All that adds up to a system capable of 4K gaming at up to 240 frames per second that supports the latest ray tracing lighting techniques and is VR compatible.

"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?," Mark Cheevers, PR and social media lead at KFC UK and Ireland, said in a press release. "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."

My guess is this is probably a real system, one that will be released in very limited numbers as a collector's item and one that will be very expensive based on its specs, probably $1,000 or more.

If you're interested in finding out more about the system, you can follow KFC Gaming on Twitter or go to https://landing.coolermaster.com/kfconsole/ to check it out for yourself.

Who knows? If the PlayStation 5 remains hard to get, I might have to settle for the KFConsole instead. It's a good thing I love hot fried chicken.

Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com.