The latest attempt at an alternative to Steam Deck seems to have it all, with a powerful AMD Z1 Extreme chip for just $700.
There have been many attempts to copy the form factor of the Nintendo Switch but curiously they’ve all been PC devices, with Microsoft and Sony never making any effort to create their own portable hybrid.
Valve’s Steam Deck has been by far the most successful, since it’s both well made, relatively cheap for what you get, and compatible with a surprising number of Steam titles.
It can’t run them all, because there’s only so much power you can get out of a device that small, but the new Asus ROG Ally has a great deal more horsepower and is still the same price as the high-end 512GB Steam Deck.
Officially, the price hasn’t been revealed yet but a leak claims that it is $699.99. That works at £561, almost exactly the same price as the most expensive iteration of the Steam Deck – although the cheapest version is just £349.
Although it’s not clear how much the less powerful versions cost the $699.99 price tag is apparently also for the high-end version of the Asus ROG Ally, which may suggest the other ones are also the same price as the Steam Deck.
According to leaker SnoopyTech, the high-end version features an AMD Z1 Extreme chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, which should be enough to run almost any PC game to a reasonable level of performance.
The leak claims the Asus ROG Ally is so powerful it can play split screen co-op on the same device, using two Xbox controllers, as well connecting to your TV like a Switch.
Standard keyboards, mice, and monitors are also all compatible, with the implication that it will be a much more direct replacement for a gaming PC than the Steam Deck.
Apparently, the Asus ROG Ally even charges quicker than the Steam Deck, going from 0 to 50% full in just 30 minutes. It’s just a shame it has such a mind-bogglingly terrible name.
The official reveal isn’t expected until May 11 but with a separate leak from Best Buy appearing to confirm the information it seems that this really may be the perfect PC portable.
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