I, for one, welcome our new Steam Deck-killing, Home windows-running overlords

ASUS Rog Ally on a trippy background


I held off on shopping for the Steam Deck after it got here out somewhat greater than a yr in the past. On the time, it had numerous bugs, lengthy delivery delays, and a few uncertainty about how a lot dedication its maker, Valve, actually had for its newest {hardware} experiment. I gave in and acquired one about two months in the past, and I have been having fun with this much-improved machine ever since.

However now comes the Asus ROG Ally, which is powered by a brand new 55 % sooner AMD Ryzen Z1 chip but prices solely $50 greater than the highest-end Steam Deck at a purported (store-leaked) $700. It additionally runs Home windows 11 (maybe in “handheld” mode), making it simpler to run many video games, together with blockbuster AAA titles and large on-line titles like Fortnite. The Ally is seemingly a bit flatter and lighter than the Steam Deck, and it has a sharper and brighter display and a refresh charge of as much as 120 Hz. It’d even run cooler and quieter, in line with temporary hands-on experiences posted by reporters. It should seemingly arrive in early Might or shortly thereafter.

Nearly every one of these specs shows a notable improvement over the Steam Deck, and yet I, a new Deck owner, remain sanguine.

Almost each considered one of these specs exhibits a notable enchancment over the Steam Deck, and but I, a brand new Deck proprietor, stay sanguine.

As you would possibly count on, the gaming press—which, like all press, is basically geared towards battle—is cheering to see one other combatant enter the sector. Asus’ machine is “gunning straight for the Steam Deck,” “unhealthy information for Steam Deck,” and “large bother for the Steam Deck.” It has one author “able to ditch my Steam Deck.” The ROG Ally, Giovanni Colantonio writes at Digital Tendencies, “fixes virtually each single drawback I’ve with the Steam Deck.”

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