With a movement difficult to explain, ASUS has announced the launch of ‘ROG Ally‘, the name given to his next laptop for video game. As a summary, it is a product that the brand announced April 1, April Fool’s Day in the United States and later confirmed as a joke. Now, three days later, it is revealed that the joke was precisely “that was real all the time”.
So far, the technology house has not revealed many details about the technical specifications of the new device, nor what its battery life will be, but again, the manufacturer promises a portable system with “performance at the level of pc up to 120Hz” that can be used anywhere the players are.
Based on windowsthe video game system bases its potential on the “Faster custom Ryzen APU” developed by AMD Until now. This suggests that it incorporates a processor with higher performance than the one provided by Steam Deck and, it will be necessary, since Asus has mounted in the device a screen of 1080p 16:9 7-inch Full HD of high quality that promises correct viewing even when exposed to direct sunlight. Which translates to more pixels than the screen of 800p who mounts the laptop Valve.
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ROG Ally also promises a powerful and silent cooling system and access to different types of configurations. The device runs under Windows 11, but it has a custom application installed that is used as a game launcher and allows you to make some adjustments to the portable system. As with the Steam Deck, Ally will be able to connect to external displays, but will also support the system ROG XG Mobile eGPUwhich increases its graphic capabilities in these types of configurations.
With the new device, Ally becomes the official Steam Deck competitor, a Valve product that is reaping quite a success thanks to its balanced hardware and the solidity provided by the dedicated operating system that drives it. At the moment it remains to be seen if the technical specifications and the price of the new device will lead it to become a competitor to take into account in the portable PC market.