Asus’ portable gaming PC ROG Ally doesn’t look like an April 1 joke

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The screen offers “full HD gaming” and promises a quiet dual-fan design, along with the visible standard configuration of dual analog sticks, left-mounted D-pad and four face buttons, plus a few smaller buttons around the screen to access menus and settings. It goes beyond the Steam Deck dock, even touting the ability to “experience Ally’s full potential” by plugging in the ROG XG Mobile eGPU the company offers for use with its gaming laptops while streaming games to a TV. streams.

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The trailer features actual games like High on Life Moving, And WRC generations – unusual for a joke – and has a link to Best Buywhere gamers can sign up for pre-order information.

While Valve’s Steam Deck has been the most successful attempt at making PC gaming a truly portable experience, there are plenty of competitors, such as the Ayaneo 2 or other Switch-like machines from GPD and OneXPlayer. However, in our experience, they relied on an AMD 6800U chipset rather than a custom design and generally don’t have the right combination of horsepower and efficiency that we want to see from handheld gaming machines.

Most importantly, the machine in the video looks fully designed and ready to be rolled out as a powerful entry into the portable gaming market. It’s certainly more realistic than what Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) posted on April Fools’ Day 2022, offering a “Smart Lens” concept for eye-controlled gestures that later turned out to be a joke. Of course, Asus is also the company that just released this ROG Flow Z13 Acronym portable that defies all belief and understanding.

We’ll have to wait and see if this Ally handheld is still standing after the clock is pushed back to April 2, but Asus certainly seems ready to face the Steam Deck in this category sooner or later.