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ASUS ROG Ally
After its announcement on April Fool’s, the dust has settled and plenty of details have since been announced. There’s lots to be excited about surrounding the ASUS ROG Ally price and specs.
The ASUS ROG Ally release date along with its price has been confirmed, so make sure you’ve checked out where to buy the ROG Ally ahead of its launch. We also know a fair bit about the specs. The good news is that we have enough information about this handheld device, that you will have a good idea of whether you want to go for it.
The Ally joins a long line of ‘Steam Deck-killers,’ which devices such as the Aya Neo Air Plus also inhabit. Many have tried and failed, but it looks as though the ASUS ROG Ally could be just the competitor to take on the king. Let’s get into the specs and price.
ASUS ROG Ally price
The ASUS ROG Ally will retail for $699.99. This puts the ASUS ROG Ally right at the upper boundary of the Steam Deck price range. However, this is not surprising considering the specs we know are coming along with it.
This does mean you can get some version of the Steam Deck for cheaper though. This is partly due to market factors. Effectively, Valve can afford to sell the Steam Deck at a loss due to the revenue generated by games and software on the Steam platform. ASUS ROG, on the other hand, hasn’t got the same platform to go off, so they need to ensure profits from the physical product.
That said ASUS have packed the Ally with impressive gaming specs, meaning you are certainly getting a return for your investment. To enhance the performance of the handheld, it’ll be worth checking out the best accessories for ASUS ROG Ally too.
ASUS ROG Ally specs
Asus has revealed a tonne of confirmed specs for the ASUS ROG ALly and they certainly impress.
- Processor: AMD Ryzen Z1/Z1 Extreme
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Display: 7″
- Peak Brightness: 500 nits
- RAM: 16G
- SSD: up to 512GB PCIe
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6E
- Weight: 608g
Firstly, it’s set to feature Windows 11, which is a vastly different choice to the Linux or SteamOS which runs on many gaming PC handhelds, but is compatible with most major game streaming sites. This is particularly exciting as it will provide a vast repository for handheld gaming on this device through its connection to sites like Steam, Xbox, EA, and Epic Games. To help you store this crazy library there’s a 512GB PCIe SSD with an additional MicroSD slot for further storage. It also means you can connect the ROG Ally to a monitor.
Now let’s get into gameplay. We’ve had a look at what graphics card the Steam Deck has, the Van Gogh, another AMD APU, however relying on an RDNA 2 GPU and Zen 2 CPU, the processing power is nowhere near the capabilities of this new combination of Zen 4 architecture meets RDNA 3.
If the most powerful APU yet wasn’t enough for you – you can also use ASUS’ XG Mobile GPU connector with ROG’s external RTX 4090 GPU. At the moment, this is only available in China, though it’s expected to arrive in the States and United Kingdom eventually.
Frequently Asked Questions
ASUS ROG Ally is a highly anticipated device. We’ve done our best here to answer your most pressing queries with what we know.
Will the ASUS ROG Ally be more powerful than the Steam Deck?
We suspect that specs in the ASUS ROG Ally will render it more powerful than the Steam Deck.
Will there be two versions of the ASUS ROG Ally?
It’s looking likely that there will be only one version of the ASUS ROG Ally, at least for now. ASUS may release a more budget friendly option in the future.