ASUS confirms ROG ALLY gaming console is set to launch worldwide soon

Published: Apr 14th 2023, 21:08 GMT   Comments

ASUS ROG Ally to launch globally

ASUS wants to take the gaming market by storm. The ROG Ally console, easily the most interesting gaming product announced this month, is now confirmed for worldwide release. The company further teases that the ROG Ally launch could happen sooner than everyone expects.

The Ally console is a handheld device with a 7-inch 1080p 120Hz screen that will run Windows games. It is considered an upcoming competitor to Steam Deck, equipped with AMD Zen2 and RDNA2 custom APU. The Ally is said to deliver twice the performance at the same power limit of 35W, and 50% better framerate in 15W mode, as stated by YouTuber Linus Sebastian, who is one of the first public demos of this console.

Still, the expectations must be put straight, explains YouTuber The Phawx, an expert in all things portable gaming. Given the upgrade to Zen4 and RDNA3 architectures, the performance will undoubtedly be better than Zen2 and Zen3 consoles. However, the variety of Windows titles, some of which are more CPU or GPU bound, will not always translate into the same framerate boost.

Naturally, the success of this launch will come down to price. The best and the latest example would be the $599 GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. On the one hand, it is a powerful desktop GPU with 12GB VRAM, but on the other hand, it struggles to convince gamers who were offered similar performance at nearly the same price for months prior.

That said, to succeed, ROG Ally also has to be priced right. As long as rumors are considered, the console should launch this quarter with a price tag around $650. However, ASUS is yet to confirm the full specs, release date and pricing.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzASUS ROG AllySteam DeckNintendo Switch OLED
ArchitectureAMD Zen4 & RDNA3AMD Zen2 & RDNA2ARM Cortex
APUCustom Ryzen 7040UAMD Van GoghNVIDIA Tegra X1
SoC CPUTBC4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4x A57 + 4x A53
MemoryTBC16GB LPDDR5-55004GB LPDDR4-3200
StorageTBC64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
Display7″ 1920×1080 120Hz7″ 1280×800 60Hz7″ 1280×720 60 Hz OLED
ConnectivityTBCWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5WiFi 5,
BatteryTBC40 Whr4310 mAh
Weight608 g669 g420g
Dimensions28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 mm29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSWindows 11Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)/Windows 11Custom
Release PriceTBC$399 (16G+64GB)
$529 (16G+256GB)
$649 (16G+512GB)
Release Date2023February 2022October 2021

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