ASUS ROG Ally can emulate popular gaming consoles, including PS3, PSP, 3DS, WiiU, XBOX360 and Nintendo Switch

Published: May 14th 2023, 09:44 GMT   Comments

ASUS console can run PS3, XBOX360, PSP, 3DS, WiiU and Nintendo Switch games with ease

The ROG Ally is a handheld gaming device that may also act as a powerful game emulation platform.

ROG Ally running PS3 God of War, Source: ETA Prime

The Ryzen Z1 custom APU for ROG Ally, based on AMD Zen4 “Phoenix” silicon, has AVX512 instruction support. This means that many emulation engines can take advantage of the extended 256-bit SIMD vector extensions. These instructions expand the capabilities of 256-bit instructions by introducing advanced operations, such as data conversion, scatter operations, or permutations. Such calculations are often used by emulators, which can see a great boost from AVX512 instruction support.

This has been tested by ETA Prime who demonstrates that the latest handheld console is more than capable of running nearly all popular emulators, typically with much higher resolution and framerate, and all that with very low power.

The console is even capable of running PS3 games which are challenging to emulate. The YouTuber shows off God of War running at 50–60 FPS at 1080p resolution easily, but this is one of the few games that requires 25-30W to run. Other games, should they be capped at 30FPS and native resolution can easily run in 7 to 15W power envelope, which should guarantee longer battery life.

ROG Ally running PSP/3DS/XBOX games, Source: ETA Prime

The console has been confirmed to support PlayStation 3 (RPCS3), Nintendo Switch (YUZU), Xbox 360 (CXBX), 3DS (Citra), PSP (PPSSPP), GameCube (Dolphin), PS2 (PSX2) and WiiU (CEMU).

ASUS ROG Ally features an 8 core Zen4 APU with a built-in RDNA3 GPU. This GPU has 12 Compute Units and can boost up to 2.7 GHz. In this configuration, the console costs $699, which is no doubt more than most of these consoles at launch; however, this allows gamers to combine their favorite gaming inventory into one product that can be carried around. If money is no issue, then some gamers may even consider buying the ROG XG RTX 4090 external GPU (around $2000), but this has not been tested yet with an emulating engine.

Source via Tom’s Hardware:

[ETA PRIME] The ASUS ROG Ally Can Emulate It All! Past The Edge Of What Other Handhelds Can Do (324,392 views)

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