Asus ROG Ally to Launch on June thirteenth at $699.99

The Asus ROG Ally handheld gaming PC is shown, featuring an abstract blue design on its 7-inch IPS panel. It features controls on both sides of its screen, like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck.

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Asus introduced that its ROG Ally handheld gaming PC will probably be launched on June 13, and you may pre-order one beginning at this time. It’s launching with AMD’s new Z1 Extreme processor, and a 512 GB SSD for $699.99 — solely $50 greater than Valve’s most kitted-out Steam Deck.

Following the ROG Ally’s barely misguided debut on April Fool’s Day, of all days, we’ve realized much more about how the moveable gaming PC will stack up towards the Steam Deck, in addition to different competing fashions. Is it well worth the value? Check out Chris Plante’s full review to seek out out.

The pairing of its AMD Z1 Extreme processor and 16 GB of speedy LPDDR5 RAM appear able to operating PC games with fewer visible compromises than what we’ve grow to be accustomed to on the Steam Deck (which itself is not any slouch). Not to say, its 1080p show is a better decision, and it doubles the refresh price — as much as 120Hz — for smoother-looking gameplay.

Notably, it has a proprietary slot the place you possibly can plug in certainly one of Asus’ succesful XG Mobile exterior GPUs, which is actually a docking station that’s full of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 and quite a few ports. With that, the graphical bottlenecks will disappear. But along with being expensive (nicely over $1,000), utilizing it comes on the expense of portability. You’ll be strapped down by wires. If you need to study extra about how that works (warts and all), take a look at this video I did in 2022 over at The Verge.

All of that stated, there’s rather a lot to be enthusiastic about. If you need to pre-order the ROG Ally, now we have some data under that ought to be helpful.

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