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Asus’ Steam Deck competitor was no April Fool’s joke -Tc

When Asus ROG announced its portable gaming PC on April 1, many people were skeptical.

A weekend later, and Asus is showing too much commitment to the bit, or your laptop PC is real.

titled the ROG allyMuch hasn’t been officially announced in terms of specs or price, but here’s what we’ve seen so far.

The ROG Ally announcement video. The voiceover didn’t help convince people that it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank.

In the video above, Asus announced that the ROG Ally was made in collaboration with AMD, who designed a custom accelerated processing unit for the device. By using ROG’s intelligent cooling, Asus also claims that the Ally will stay “cool and quiet” when in laptop mode.

ROG Ally will run on Windows 11, and Asus’ Armory Crate program will act as the hub for launching games and customizing key bindings. It will also support RPG XG Mobile external graphics for playing on a monitor or TV.

So far, we know that prototypes have been sent to YouTubers. dave lee and Linus Tech Tips who have shared a little more about the specifications of the ROG Ally. The screen has a 1080p resolution, compared to Steam Deck’s 800p, and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. And of course there’s customizable RGB lighting.

Price is sure to be a big factor in ROG Ally’s success, though there’s no word on pricing yet. Anyone in North America who is interested can sign up to receive pre-order notifications at Best Buy.

Since Valve released the Steam Deck last year, it hasn’t faced any major competitor in the portable PC market. I would definitely be interested to know what Digital Foundry thinks of the Asus ROG Ally if they get their hands on one.

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