Despite originally making it seem like an April Fools’ joke, Asus has now confirmed that it has been working on its own competitor to the Steam Deck. Dubbed the Asus ROG Ally, the handheld gaming PC has been teased by the company over the weekend before finally being confirmed to be real.
While Asus itself hasn’t revealed any details on the ROG Ally aside from the fact that it runs on Windows 11, tech YouTube channel Dave2D has managed to reveal some concrete information on its hardware and performance capabilities without giving too much away about the parts that the handheld gaming PC might run on.
The ROG Ally runs on a custom AMD SoC based on a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA 3 GPU, making it relatively quite modern when compared to AMD’s current line-up of consumer hardware. The system is also equipped with a 1080p display that features a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
Asus also seems to have done a good job with cooling the ROG Ally, with Dave2D praising the system’s lack of fan noise during testing. For comparison, the Ally apparently ran at loudness levels of around 20db, compared to the Steam Deck’s 37db, under load.
While the Asus ROG Ally will be running Windows 11 out of the box, it will be equipped with a custom game launcher developed by Asus.
Asus is yet to reveal any details about the release date or price for the ROG Ally.
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