It should be added immediately that not everyone will be blown away by Asus’ handheld PC, but we’ll get back to that.
The first comparison video has surfaced, comparing the popular Steam Deck to the Asus ROG Ally, which features a 12-core AMD Ryzen Z1 APU, an RDNA 3 architecture graphics chip, and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. On paper, it sounds good, but ElAnalistaDeBits’ comparison video shows what Asus’ product can do compared to Valve’s device. The ROG Ally runs on Windows instead of a Linux-based SteamOS so you can run Steam, GOG Galaxy, Epic Games Launcher, and Xbox Game Pass without problems.
Therefore, it is possible that Nintendo Switch emulation (Yuzu, Ryujinx) can be implemented on it more quickly than Steam Decks. However, Valve’s unique OS and gaming-oriented mode will improve optimization and usability. Valve has been working with several developers on Steam Deck optimizations, so it can still deliver the same or better performance despite the older hardware. Still, the higher resolution and shorter load times most often appear on the Asus scale. The ROG Ally, with its 1080p IPS display at 120 Hz (800p LCD at 60 Hz for the Steam Deck), has a 20-30 FPS better frame rate at native resolution.
The Asus ROG Ally is available for pre-order for $700. It features the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU and will be available from June 13. A $600 model with the base Z1 APU will also be available in Q3 (July-September), but it has some shortcomings. We wrote the other day here that the battery life is deplorable, running DOOM Eternal at 15-20 FPS (and since it’s an id Tech engine game, the performance is more than disappointing), and given that we heard this from a test by a reputable publication, Asus might want to address this somewhat critical situation as soon as possible.