The gaming industry is immense, almost as large as the beer industry. What happens when beer meets gaming, though? Actually, if you were lucky enough to attend CES this year, then you got a glimpse of what the child of such a union might look like. For the rest of us, reading about it will have to suffice, at least until these things come to the local mega-mart down the road from us. What happened at CES this year? The KegPuter debuted – a fusion of alcohol and computer-y goodness.
What the heck is a KegPuter, you ask? Well, a bit of confusion can certainly be forgiven here, as most people have no idea what that might be. Actually, this is a combination of alcohol and technology into a single unit. NVIDIA, the well-known maker of some of the world's best graphics cards, combined their powers with a couple of modders – modification gurus – to create a unique beer dispensing computer gaming system. The KegPuter was born.
Now, for those of you who have no interest in gaming, this might not be an appealing development. However, for those who enjoy a good first-person shooter with their craft beer, then this is an ideal combination. Essentially, the KegPuter combined a liquid cooled GeForce GTX gaming PC and a fully functioning beer dispenser. The body of the device was made out of a 15.5 gallon beer keg, and included a 2.5 gallon mini keg with a refrigeration system and a pump.
For those who want the technical details, the system offered 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Hydrocopper graphics cards, an ASUS P67 Sandybridge motherboard, Intel i7 CPU (3.5 GHz), 8 gigs of RAM, 160 gig SSD, a liquid cooling system (from Danger Den) and a 1200 watt TruePower Quattro PSU.
This system offered enough power to play any game that you might want, and enough alcohol to even make the most boring game an enjoyable experience. Of course, with a gaming system and keg combined, who could be bored?
Don't expect to see these things on the shelf of your local electronics store anytime soon, though. While fully functional, there are no plans to mass produce the KegPuter, much to the dismay of beer and gaming enthusiasts all around the nation. Maybe next year? For enterprising beer/gaming lovers, though, this might just be the inspiration to make a homebrew system of your own.
Now if it could just hold snacks too!