ASUS ROG Ally gaming console is actually real, features Ryzen APU and supports RTX 4090 external GPU

Published: Apr 3rd 2023, 14:10 GMT   Comments

ASUS ROG Ally is a real product, twice the performance of Steam Deck

ASUS’ decision to announce the ROG Ally console on April Fool’s has been met with unsurprising skepticism. Today ASUS confirms that it was not actually a joke and the ROG console is indeed coming. 

The Ally is a Windows-based console licensed to support Xbox Game Pass library. However, this is not a cloud-streaming device, but a full fledged gaming console that ships a full APU like Steam Deck.

ASUS first handheld gaming console is to sport an AMD Ryzen APU, which is custom built for this product. ASUS is not confirming what type of APU would be used, apart from calling it ‘the fastest APU yet’. A video from Dave2D sheds more light on the APU. It is now confirmed to be a 4nm APU with Zen4 CPU and RDNA3 graphics. That said, we are probably looking at a custom AMD Phoenix APU.

ROG Ally gaming console hardware, Source: Dave2D

ROG Ally gaming console, Source: ASUS

What we can already be certain about is support for the ASUS ROG XG Mobile unit, which we described in this post. The console has a dedicated XG connector, which means that it can benefit from the most advanced gaming GPU for laptops. The only issue here is the price of the XG Mobile GPU. Currently, the latest XG external GPU is RTX 4090, which retails at $2000.

ASUS promises a gorgeous and smooth ‘full-HD gaming’ experience. According to Dave2D, it is a 500-nit 1080p display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is not only brighter, it is also much more responsive with 120 Hz and 5ms response time.

ROG Ally gaming console hardware, Source: Dave2D

The product is equipped with a dual-fan cooling solution that is said to be significantly quieter than Steam Deck. As measured, it only generates 20 dB noise compared to 37 dB on Valve product under load.

ASUS is not confirming when will ROG Ally launch, nor the company is sharing full specs or pricing information. Dave2D has only confirmed with ASUS that the console will see a global launch and will not be limited to US BestBuy where it is currently listed. Pricing should be ‘competitive’.


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