Asus is set to launch its latest gaming device, the ROG Ally, promising high-spec performance and support for Windows 11. The Steam Deck, currently a market leader in the handheld gaming device category, may struggle to compete with the ROG Ally, particularly if its price is competitive upon launch. One key advantage of the ROG Ally is that it includes much more powerful hardware than the Steam Deck, which comes with 64GB of storage and slow write speeds. Comparatively, the ROG Ally has “up to 512GB” storage, and could conceivably offer a 256GB SATA version upon release. Although pricing details for the ROG Ally are not yet known, it has been confirmed that the price will be “below $1,000”, an amount that may help the ROG Ally to compete against the Steam Deck.

Both devices use AMD’s cutting-edge Zen 4 CPUs, however, the Ryzen Z1 processor-powered ROG Ally promises to offer much higher performance (up to 8.6 TFLOPS), with the Steam Deck topping out with a 1.6 TFLOP-capable APU. The ROG Ally also offers 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, a feature shared by the Steam Deck, and includes a Micro SD card slot for storage expansion. It is important to note that the ROG Ally has much higher wattage, offering up to 30W in Turbo mode, compared to the Steam Deck’s 15 watts.

Another feature that puts the ROG Ally above the Steam Deck is that it is powered by Windows 11, providing access to a broad selection of software, thereby eliminating the limitations of Valve’s SteamOS operating system. While SteamOS is known to experience issues, such as bugs and other idiosyncrasies, Windows 11 offers a reliable operating system.

However, there are trade-offs to using a more powerful device: higher performance leads to lower battery life. The battery life of the ROG Ally has not yet been disclosed, so its impact on the device is unknown. Nevertheless, with its clear hardware superiority, if the ROG Ally can stay competitive in terms of price and address the challenge of battery power, it could give the Steam Deck a run for its money.

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