Asus ROG Ally at PAX AUS 2023

Asus’ ROG Ally at PAX AUS 2023

Asus’ Brad Howe, Head of Consumer, ANZ for Asus, presents the ROG Ally (gaming handheld device) section of ROG’s stand at PAX AUS 2023.

Asus’ ROG Ally at PAX AUS 2023

If you’re wondering what the bar and restraints are behind him, don’t get excited. It’s very obviously a representation of a Melbourne tram or Sydney train to help envision the ROG Ally in its suggested natural habitat when commuting.

About the ROG Ally

AAnnounced in June, the ROG Ally is a Windows 11 gaming handheld device. Powered by the advanced AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, the ROG Ally is designed to deliver a smooth gaming experience in both solo and multi-player modes when out and about.

The device, which comes with 512 GB of storage, costs $1,299 and is available now.

It has strong industry backing and partnerships meaning that the Ally is well-positioned to sell well in the handheld gaming segment – i.e. it could give Nintendo’s Switch some company.

Shawn Yen, Asus’ Vice General Manager of Gaming says of it, “Handhelds in the past were restrictive, only offering select games often at reduced resolutions and speeds. We dedicated half a decade to elevate that experience. The ROG Ally promises high performance in Full HD, ensuring you can play all your games no matter where you are.”

HD Gaming

The ROG Ally promises a top-tier handheld experience, supporting Full HD gaming. Since it’s equipped with Windows 11, gamers can access any game from any platform. The package also includes a three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

At the device’s core is the Ryzen Z1 series processor by AMD. It uses a combination of Zen 4 architecture and AMD RDNA 3 architecture-based graphics in the Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor. It sports eight cores, 16 threads and up to 8.6 teraflops of graphics processing power. There will also be an AMD Ryzen Z1 variant released later in 2023.

Renato Fragale, Senior Director of Product Management for the Consumer and Gaming Client Business at AMD, said, “We’ve devoted over ten years to the technologies for the Ryzen Z1 Series of processors. Collaborating with innovative partners like ROG, we’ve created a platform that revolutionizes mobile gaming.”

The Ally’s efficiency is bolstered by the ROG Zero Gravity thermal system which manages temperature control with its dual-fan system and ultrathin heatsink fins. The device also features 16 GB of LPDDR5 6400 MHz RAM, a fast 512GB PCIe Gen 4 hard drive and a UHS-II microSD card slot.

Display Performance

The ROG Ally has a 120Hz FHD (1080p) touchscreen that utilises AMD’s FreeSync Premium technology, it ensures clear motion in fast-paced games without any image tearing disruptions. The 500-nit brightness will help games to be played even in daylight.

Game Library

The ROG Ally’s compatibility with Windows means there’s already a comprehensive game library. There’s full support for Steam, EA’s app, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass, the Epic Games Store, GOG Galaxy 2.0, Android apps and other game platforms.

Roanne Sones, CVP, Head of Xbox Hardware, said, “Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members have a plethora of games to choose from. With the synergy between the ROG Ally and Game Pass Ultimate, gamers can seamlessly transition between playing native PC games with Windows or streaming console games with Xbox Cloud Gaming.”

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