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.
The ROG Ally is set to release worldwide (and it may be sooner than you expect⏱)
— ROG Global (@ASUS_ROG) April 14, 2023
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|
|VideoCardz||ASUS ROG Ally||Steam Deck||Nintendo Switch OLED|
|Architecture||AMD Zen4 & RDNA3||AMD Zen2 & RDNA2||ARM Cortex|
|APU||Custom Ryzen 7040U||AMD Van Gogh||NVIDIA Tegra X1|
|SoC CPU||TBC||4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz||4x A57 + 4x A53|
|SoC GPU||AMD RDNA3||AMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHz||NVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA|
|Memory||TBC||16GB LPDDR5-5500||4GB LPDDR4-3200|
|Storage||TBC||64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)|
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
|Display||7″ 1920×1080 120Hz||7″ 1280×800 60Hz||7″ 1280×720 60 Hz OLED|
|Connectivity||TBC||Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5||WiFi 5,|
|Battery||TBC||40 Whr||4310 mAh|
|Weight||608 g||669 g||420g|
|Dimensions||28.0 x 11.3 x 3.9 mm||29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm||24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm|
|OS||Windows 11||Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)/Windows 11||Custom|
|Release Price||TBC||$399 (16G+64GB)|
|Release Date||2023||February 2022||October 2021|