Asus finally released their first handheld gaming device – the Asus ROG Ally. You may have seen reviews by now from different media outlets. And so far it is looking for for the ROG Ally. Ofcourse there are some few quirks and bugs that needs fixing. But overall, the ROG Ally is an impressive handheld gaming device. It starts at $599 for the Ally with AMD Zen 1 processor and $699 for the AMD Zen 1 Extreme variant. But I’m sure most people will buy the Zen 1 Extreme variant. Pre-orders also start today, and you can check out more details about the ROG Ally from the official news release below.
ROG Ally Handheld Unveiled with Detailed Specs and Features
“ROG’s first Windows 11 gaming handheld is powered by an all-new AMD Ryzen processor for 1080p gaming.”
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is proud to announce the launch of the ROG Ally, an incredibly powerful new Windows 11 gaming handheld. Driven by the cutting-edge AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, the ROG Ally can breeze through AAA games and indie titles in 1080p with ease, whether you’re playing alone or with friends. The ROG Ally will be available for sale worldwide on June 13th 2023 for just $699.99, with pre-orders starting May 11th. With robust support and partnerships throughout the industry, the Ally is poised to be the ultimate handheld gaming machine.
Full HD AAA gaming in the palm of your hand
The ROG Ally a truly next-gen handheld gaming console , offering Full HD gaming on the go, with fast and fluid gameplay. Since it runs Windows 11, it can play almost any game from any platform, and includes 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate right out of the box. Play alone, connect to a TV to play with friends, or kick into high gear with the ROG XG Mobile suite of external GPUs for a truly top-tier gaming experience.
The Ally is powered by an all-new Ryzen Z1 Series processor from AMD. Built on the “Zen” 4 architecture combined with AMD RDNA 3 architecture-based graphics, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor rivals the prowess of game consoles with 8 cores, 16 threads, and up to 8.6 teraflops of graphics processing power. An AMD Ryzen Z1 variant will be available later in Q3 2023 with 6 cores and 12 processing threads, and both models support AMD FidelityFXTM Super Resolution and AMD Radeon Super Resolution upscaling technologies for excellent performance and stunning visuals in demanding AAA and indie titles.
Renato Fragale, senior director of product management for the Consumer and Gaming Client Business at AMD:
“Our team has spent over a decade developing the technologies necessary to enable the Ryzen Z1 Series of processors. Working with visionary partners like ROG, we’ve designed a platform that redefines mobile gaming,”. “We’re excited for gamers to experience the first device powered by Ryzen Z1 Series processors with the launch of the ROG Ally.”
Making this possible is ROG’s Zero Gravity thermal system, which uses a dual-fan system with ultra-thin heatsink fins and high-friction heat pipes to ensure the Ally stays cool in any orientation. The Ally also comes equipped with 16GB of high speed LPDDR5 6400MHz memory, 512 GB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, and a UHS-II microSD card slot to further expand its storage capacity. Wi-Fi 6E support ensures that the Ally stays on a rock-solid connection, even in congested networks, whether you’re natively playing a multiplayer match or streaming a game via Xbox Cloud Gaming or AMD Link.
Flagship gaming performance demands a panel to match, and the Ally does not disappoint. Equipped with a 120Hz Full HD (1080p) panel with AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology1 , gamers will enjoy supreme motion clarity in fast-paced games, with no tearing or stuttering. The display also has a max brightness of 500 nits, enabling gamers to easily keep track of the action in more challenging environments like the great outdoors. This touchscreen display also acts to seamlessly allow navigation of Windows 11 when gamers need to change settings or install their next game.
Versatile performance at the right price
ME Time: The ROG Ally takes handheld gaming to new heights. With a Full HD screen and hardware capable of 60 FPS in many of the latest titles, the ROG Ally provides an on-the-go experience that will satisfy gamers of all stripes. Compared to the 720p resolution of competing devices, the ROG Ally offers superior image and motion clarity thanks to its Full HD panel and AMD FreeSyncTM Premium technology.
WE Time: With the optional ROG Gaming Charger Dock, gamers can connect the Ally to a TV and charge at the same time, allowing for couch co-op and competition with extra controllers. The Ally can handle multiplayer games like NBA 2K3, Moving Out, and Street Fighter V with ease for a party that never stops.
PRO Time: When paired with an XG Mobile external GPU sporting up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4090 Laptop GPU, the ROG Ally becomes a true gaming powerhouse for living room couch gaming or a high-end experience with mouse and keyboard. Play AAA games at 4K with ray tracing and DLSS 3, or take down the competition in high-framerate esports titles with a mouse and keyboard.
Play all your games
The ROG Ally handheld was designed from the ground up with Windows at its heart, able to play most of your games from any platform. ROG has collaborated with Microsoft, game publishers, and individual studios to ensure that gamers using the Ally have the best experience possible. Full support for Steam, the EA App, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass, the Epic Games Store, GOG Galaxy 2.0, Android apps, and more game libraries ensures that no matter where gamers download their games, the ROG Ally has them covered.
The ROG Ally even comes bundled with a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate code for free, giving gamers instant access to Microsoft’s game library the moment they unbox the machine. “Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have access to hundreds of games, including hits like Minecraft Legends, Grounded, Age of Empire IV and many more,” said Roanne Sones, CVP, Head of Xbox Hardware. “With the ROG Ally and Game Pass Ultimate, we can’t wait for people to discover and play their next favorite game on the go, whether it’s playing native PC games with Windows or streaming console games with Xbox Cloud Gaming.”
ROG is also proud to work with Xbox Game Studios, Capcom, HoYoverse, Level Infinite, 505 Games, Team 17, Nacon, Techland, Squanch Games, and Fatshark to provide the best gaming experience on the ROG Ally.
Pricing and Availability
The Asus ROG Ally Ryzen Z1 Extreme equipped model with 512GB of storage will be available for pre-order starting on May 11th, and available for sale for $699.99 at Best Buy on June 13th. The ROG Ally model with the Ryzen Z1 chip will be available later this year.
Gamers can also purchase the ROG XG Mobile with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU for $1,999.99, or the XG Mobile with an AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT for $799.99.
Asus ROG Ally Handheld Specifications
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen™ Z1 Extreme Processor|
CPU: Zen 4 architecture, 8-core /16-threads, 24MB total cache ,up to 5.10 Ghz boost
GPU: 12 RDNA3 CUs, up to 2.7GHz, 8.6 TFlops, default 4GB RAM capacity
APU Power: 9-30W
|FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9|
|500 nits peak brightness|
|Gorilla® Glass Victus™|
|Gorilla® Glass DXC|
|Touch Screen (10-point multi-touch)|
|Support Dolby Vision HDR|
|AMD FreeSync™ Premium|
|Memory||16GB LPDDR5 on board (6400MT/s dual channel)|
|Storage||512GB PCIe® 4.0 NVMe™ M.2 SSD (2230)|
|I/O Ports||1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack|
|1 x ROG XG Mobile Interface and USB Type-C combo port (with USB 3.2 Gen2, supports DisplayPort™ 1.4)|
|1 x UHS-II microSD card reader (supports SD, SDXC and SDHC)|
|Control and Input||Gamepad controls:A B X Y buttons D-padL & R Hall Effect analog triggersL & R bumpersView buttonMenu button Command Center buttonArmoury Crate button2 x assignable grip buttonsThumbsticks: 2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touchHaptics: HD haptics Gyro: 6-Axis IMU|
|Audio||AI noise-canceling technology|
|Built-in array microphone|
|2-speaker system with Smart Amplifier Technology|
|Network and Communication||Triple band Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) 2 x 2|
|Power Supply||65W USB Type-C PD 3.0 power supply|
Adapter: 65W AC Adapter, Output: 20V DC, 3.25A, 65W, Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
|Weight||~608g (1.34 lbs)|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||28.0 x 11.1 x 2.12 ~ 3.24 cm (11.02″ x 4.37″ x 0.83″ ~ 1.27″)|
|Xbox Game Pass||3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included2|
|Security||Built-in Fingerprint Sensor|
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