Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The (breakthrough) price of the Asus ROG Ally is filtered

Asus plans to reveal the official price and release date of the ROG Ally, its first portable video game console, on May 11. However, as happened a few days ago with the technical specifications, the Taiwanese manufacturer has leaked the cost of the variant with higher benefits.

We must remember that the Asus ROG Ally will be available in two models that will differ only by the potential of its APU. One will integrate a chip AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme whose CPU is 8 cores and 16 threads, while the GPU will have 12 cores and will display an average graphics performance of 8.6 Teraflops.

According Snoopy Techwhich is usually a fairly reliable source in terms of information on future devices, Asus ROG Ally with Z1 Extreme will be priced at $699. The figure, if correct, will surprise more than one, since many expected that this version would have a significantly higher price due to its beastly components.

However, that cost is still above the more expensive Steam Deck (512 GB), which can be purchased for $649. However, Asus will put on sale a ROG Ally with lower performance and, therefore, cheaper. It will have an AMD Ryzen Z1 APU with 6-core / 12-thread CPU and a 4-core GPU capable of reaching 2.8 Teraflops.

Although SnoopyTech does not yet know the price of this version, think it will be between $499 and $599enough to stand up to Valve’s product.

What we know about the Asus ROG Ally

It is still pending to know other key data of the Asus ROG Ally, mainly related to the battery. No matter how powerful hardware it boasts, may be doomed to failure if autonomy is not capable of, at least, equaling the competition. It should not be forgotten that this is a hardware focused on the portable experience and it will be analyzed as such.

Beyond the APU, the rest of the components are expected to be exactly the same in both variants of the Asus ROG Ally. One factor that will make a notable difference with the Steam Deck is the screen, whose resolution is 1080p and the refresh rate up to 120hz (versus its rival’s 800p/60Hz).

The RAM will be 16GB LPDDR5while in the storage section we find a 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD —although lower capacity models are not ruled out. Note, the space can be expanded through the MicroSD card slot.

Of course, the Asus ROG Ally will lean on Windows 11so we have guaranteed compatibility with games from Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, Xbox Game Pass, Ubisoft Connect and EA Play.

It will be until May 11 when we will leave doubts. Asus must also define its distribution strategy, as it would not make sense to anticipate the launch of the ROG Ally so much if it is not able to satisfy the demand later.

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