ROG Ally is Asus’ answer to the Steam Deck — here’s what we know about the hand held gaming console

ROG Ally is Asus’ answer to the Steam Deck — here’s what we know about the hand held gaming console
ROG Ally- hand held gaming consoleImage credits- Asus
  • Asus has confirmed the existence of the ROG Ally, a handheld gaming device that will compete with Valve's Steam Deck.
  • The ROG Ally's release date and price remain unknown, but Asus has hinted at a competitive price range.
  • The ROG Ally has a 7-inch display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and a resolution of 1920 x 1080p.
Asus has unveiled a trailer for their upcoming handheld gaming device, competing with Valve's highly-anticipated Steam Deck. However, the timing of the trailer's release on April 1st led some to believe that it was a cleverly crafted April Fool joke. Despite the skepticism, Asus has since confirmed that the device is real and will soon hit the market as soon as the Taiwanese manufacturer confirms the Asus ROG Ally's official launch date. The highly anticipated handheld gaming console will be unveiled on May 11 at 10 am in New York, 3 pm in London, and 10 pm in Taipei.

Asus has confirmed that the device will be powered by the latest Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme chipsets, specifically designed to deliver high-performance gaming experiences on handheld consoles. This is impressive news for gamers looking for a powerful portable gaming experience. The ROG Ally will also boast a ‘high-performance’ display compatible with the ROG XG Mobile, Asus' mobile GPU. These features indicate that the device will likely offer a top-of-the-line gaming experience with stunning graphics and smooth gameplay.

Popular YouTuber Dave2D has had a chance to go hands-on with the ROG Ally and has expressed his belief in Asus' claims about the device's powerful performance.
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Asus ROG Ally: Here’s what we know

Asus' latest handheld gaming device, the ROG Ally, boasts a design similar to the popular Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck. On the left side, users will find an analog stick and a D-pad, while on the right, there are face buttons and another analog stick placed at an offset angle. Both sides come with two vents and two navigation buttons, while the top section houses power and volume buttons, a USB-C port, and a headphone jack. There are also additional air vents at the top; the back has two buttons and more air vents.

According to Dave2D, the ROG Ally measures 11.0 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds (0.58 kg), making it smaller and lighter than the Steam Deck, which measures 11.73 x 4.60 x 1.93 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg). The ROG Ally has a 7-inch display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and a resolution of 1920 x 1080p, with Asus claiming it can hit 500 nits of brightness.

In contrast, the Steam Deck's 7-inch display has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 and a 60Hz refresh rate, and Valve states that it can hit 400 nits of brightness.

Asus claims that the ROG Ally has double the performance of the Steam Deck thanks to the custom Zen 4 RDNA3 4nm APU from AMD, which allows for higher graphics settings without sacrificing performance. Dave2D couldn't go into further detail, but he expressed confidence in AMD's performance claims based on his experience with the device.

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