Seems the Asus Rog Ally is an actual Steam Deck different, because the element big simply confirmed it’s not an April Fools’ gag. Not solely will the hand held gaming PC boast Home windows 11 assist, however you’ll be capable of hook it as much as probably the greatest graphics card choices to offer it a real desktop increase.
Information of the Asus Rog Ally Steam Deck rival arrived on an unlucky day, however that was the corporate’s plan all alongside. When you concentrate on it, unveiling a “too good to be true” product on a day of disbelief is sensible, because it makes for an incredible double bluff. That’s to not say the brand new handheld guarantees something fictitious, nevertheless it has a couple of issues going for it that would shake up the moveable PC gaming scene.
For starters, Asus says it has labored along with AMD to offer the Rog Ally with the “quickest AMD APU but.” We’re nonetheless ready for official specs to land, however that would imply it’ll wield the ‘Little Phoenix‘ chip that we thought was meant for the Steam Deck 2. That maybe permits Asus to boldly declare it’ll convey “true PC efficiency to your life on the go,” despite the fact that Valve’s handheld arguably already does simply that.
The hand-held’s promotional trailer additionally claims it’ll present a clean “Full HD” gaming expertise, which suggests it’ll come armed with a 1080p display screen. Higher nonetheless, Asus says you’ll be capable of play below the solar, which means it might include anti-glare capabilities that maintain up towards the 512GB Steam Deck mannequin.
Identical to Valve’s handheld paired with the most effective Steam Deck dock, you’ll be capable of hook up the Rog Ally to an enormous display screen. But, relatively than pairing the moveable with a docking station, the trailer says it’ll work with the Rog XG Cell – an eGPU inclosure that permits you to hook up a fully-fledged graphics card to suitable laptops and the upcoming handheld.
That alone will give it a hybrid edge towards each Valve’s handheld and consoles just like the Nintendo Swap, as ‘docked mode’ will increase fps. Nevertheless, the most recent Rog XG Cell eGPU enclosure prices an eye-watering $1,999 USD, so the setup is nowhere close to the identical worth as a Steam Deck and docking station combo.
Given the Asus Rog Ally’s premium vibe, the hand held itself will most likely value way more than the Steam Deck too. Different moveable Home windows-based Steam Deck options, just like the Onexplayer Mini, are available at $1,229, so it’ll be something however a rival by way of worth. That mentioned, Asus’ achievements inside the most effective gaming laptop computer house ought to assist it seize a slice of the moveable PC market pie, one that may allow it to make cheaper fashions sooner or later.
Actually, if Asus efficiently steps into the hand held limelight, there’s no motive why a SteamOS model of the Rog Ally can’t emerge down the road. Valve has mentioned it’s open to the thought of producers making their very own Decks, and it might make my dream of a modular Steam Deck 2 extra viable. In fact, we’ll want to check the Rog Ally first-hand earlier than realizing whether or not the corporate can supply one thing really new, so watch this house for extra deets.