After an announcement on April Fool’s Day this year, ASUS told fans that the ROG Ally, its new handheld gaming device and Steam Deck competitor, was no joke. While details have been scarce regarding the device since its initial reveal, we now have the full specifications as well as key features on the ROG Ally including a local launch window.
First and foremost, the ASUS ROG Ally will be fully compatible with Steam, Epic Games, EA Play, Ubisoft Connect, Battle.net and Xbox Game Pass with Microsoft fully endorsing the device. When you purchase a ROG Ally, you also get a full 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. While the Steam Deck uses its own SteamOS as the default operating system, the ROG Ally will run on Windows 11, allowing users to play a wide variety of PC games across all services.
ASUS ROG Ally Features
As for the design of the ROG Ally, the handheld is fully equipped with comfort in mind. The curved shoulder buttons have a textured surface with comfortable macro key design. The curved sides also make it much easier to grip. Using the Xbox controller layout, the joysticks ensure smooth and responsive controls in usage. ASUS boasts that the button presses on the device have been designed for over 10 million presses while the joysticks will last up to 2 million rotations.
The ROG Ally will also weigh a light 608 grams, made possible by using lightweight aluminium materials, 0.1mm slimmed fans and a hollowed top case. Additionally, ASUS says the handheld will use a custom-designed cooling system that’s incredibly quiet and barely noticeable when using the speakers.
The ASUS Armory Crate will also be present on the ROG Ally which allows users to tinker and fully customise key mapping, control panel overlays and various performance profiles.
Finally, the ROG Ally can be used as a 4K gaming machine on a TV screen, though you’ll need to separately purchase the pricey ROG XG Mobile GPU to do so once it becomes available. ASUS states that the ROG Ally can also be used with the ROG Gaming Charger Dock for fast charging and HDMI 2.0 transfer and is fully compatible with the ROG Raikiri Pro controller.
The specifications in the ASUS ROG Ally are impressive. It will utilise a six-core AMD Ryzen Z1 chip and RDNA 3 graphics chip that makes use of AMD’s Super Resolution FidelityFX Super Resolution upscaling technology. The device packs a seven-inch Full HD 120Hz screen capable of 500 Nits of brightness and a 7ms response time. You can also expect 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and Dolby Atmos support through the speakers. Have a look at the specs below:
|Processor||AMD Ryzen Z1|
|Display||7-inch 1080p, 120Hz|
|Storage||512GB + UHS-II MicroSD slot|
|Controls||Xbox-style face buttons, asymmetrical sticks|
|Programmability||2x macro back paddles, thumbstick deadzone and sensitivity, trigger sensitivity|
|Audio||Dual front-facing speakers, virtual 5.1.2 surround sound, Dolby Atmos|
|Extra features||Haptic feedback, Armoury Crate launcher and overlay, fingerprint unlock|
If you’re wondering when the ASUS ROG Ally will become available in South Africa, the handheld is expected to launch in Q3 locally. Unfortunately there’s no pricing yet but we will keep you updated as soon as the news breaks.
ASUS is planning a launch event for the ROG Ally which will take place on 11 May 2023. Hopefully we’ll also get a concrete release date there.