Asus has announced the release of the ROG Ally, a handheld gaming device that aims to compete with the Steam Deck from Valve. While the Steam Deck has been successful, allowing users to play compatible games from the Steam library on a handheld device, the ROG Ally offers higher resolutions, faster refresh rates, and the ability to run more games immediately out of the box with its use of Windows 11, as opposed to a custom operating system designed by Valve specifically for the Steam Deck.

The ROG Ally uses a custom AMD Zen 4 RDNA3 4nm APU, which serves as both a powerful mobile processor and an integrated graphics card designed specifically for the device. The ROG Ally’s 7-inch LCD touchscreen features a resolution of 1080p and a refresh rate of 120Hz, both of which are improvements over the Steam Deck. The device also offers a built-in PCie port that allows for additional connections to other devices, providing even more flexibility for users.

Battery life for the ROG Ally is estimated at up to eight hours, although this figure may vary depending on usage and the game being played. To improve its performance, users have the option to connect the device to the ROG XG Mobile line, an external eGPU that will provide additional, significant boosts to gameplay and offer even more port connections. However, the dock is sold separately and at an extremely high price point, costing $799 for the lower GC32 version and $1,999 for the GC33. Accessories for the device have yet to be announced, but the device is expected to work with headphones, screen protectors, protective carrying cases, and wireless controllers.

The more powerful version of the ROG Ally, powered by an AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme, will be available for preorder on Best Buy and Asus’s website for $699 and will be shipped on June 13. A less powerful version is expected to sell for $599 later in Q3. Meanwhile, the Steam Deck offers three versions ranging from $399 to $649, accommodating different storage needs and budgets, but limiting its range of games to which are compatible with Steam’s operating system.

In summary, while the Steam Deck has been popular, the ROG Ally offers several improvements over the device with its use of Windows 11 and an AMD Zen 4 RDNA3 4nm APU, offering higher resolutions and a faster refresh rate. However, with the cost of its dock being high and compatibility issues potentially being addressed in the future with the Steam Deck, users will need to decide whether the ROG Ally’s improvements outweigh these issues and the cost of the device.

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