KEY POINTS

  • KFC followed through on its promise of a gaming console
  • Dubbed the "KFConsole," this machine can keep cooked chicken warm while playing games
  • A release date is unknown at the moment

KFC announced months ago that it plans to release a gaming console that will also be capable of cooking chicken. At the time, the announcement seemed like a good joke, especially since it came after Sony announced the PlayStation 5. Now, the popular fast-food chain has confirmed that the chicken-cooking game machine is coming soon.

KFC, formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken, has announced that the KFConsole is real and that players will soon be able to enjoy warm chicken in between rounds of shooting, running and all things video gaming.

While the KFConsole isn’t actually capable of cooking anything, it is capable of keeping cooked chicken warm so that players can have sumptuous dinners after fragging enemies.

Some might think that it’s still a prank, but it’s not. Mark Walton, who works for chipmaker Intel’s PR department, tweeted that the KFConsole is indeed real, is powered by an Intel processor and has a chicken warmer inside.

The KFConsole is made in partnership with renowned PC accessory maker Cooler Master. According to the console’s official website, Cooler Master built it “from the ground up” and designed it in such a way that it can heat chicken up while players are busy racking up points.

The console uses a patented “chicken chamber,” which utilizes the console’s “natural heat and airflow system.” It’s not hard to imagine that this chamber will use the warm air produced by the CPU and GPU to keep those finger-lickin' good chicken warm.

Speaking of CPU and GPU, the KFConsole is powered by an Intel Nuc 9 minicomputer and features a hot-swappable GPU from ASUS. KFC didn’t reveal the machine’s RAM size, but the console boasts “PCIe NVMe speeds that are 6× faster.” The machine also features two 1TB SSDs from Seagate for all those games.

Here are the KFConsole’s other features:

  • VR Ready

This console, as per KFC, offer support for virtual reality, which is perfect for games that revolve around food – chicken, in particular.

  • Ray Tracing

Not to be outdone by Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, the KFConsole also features stunning graphical capabilities – probably to help players define well-cooked chicken from burnt chicken.

  • 240FPS with up to 240Hz Output

The KFConsole is capable of super-smooth graphics.

  • 4K TV Gaming

KFC said this console lets players enjoy their “favorite games in Finger Clickin’ Good 4K quality.”

KFC didn't mention a potential release date. Chicken and gaming fans are advised to stay tuned for more details as they come.

KFC A bucket of KFC Extra Crispy fried chicken is displayed in San Rafael, California, on Oct. 30, 2006. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images