ASUS ROG Ally Was Developed in Response to Sony’s Next-Generation Handheld, It’s Claimed

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Sony parted ways with the PlayStation Vita in March 2019, but it may be looking to get back into the handheld game soon. According to rumors shared on reddit, the ROG Ally, ASUS’ new handheld PC and Steam Deck competitor, was designed as a direct answer to a next-generation handheld that Sony is secretly developing. There’s no indication as to whether this might be the PlayStation Vita 2, but Sony has been rumored to reveal new hardware in the relatively near future, which are said to go beyond a new, drive-less PS5 console and PS5 Pro model with improved performance. The ASUS ROG Ally will be available in 512 GB ($649) and 1 TB ($899) options beginning in October, according to the leaker.

ASUS ROG Ally vs. Steam Deck

Asus ROG Ally (Source)Steam Deck
CPUAMD Zen 4 SoC built on TSMC 4nmCustom Zen 2 “Van Gogh,” 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.4 – 3.5 GHz
GPURDNA 3 GPU8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0 – 1.6 GHz
MemoryUnknown16GB LPDDR5
Storage512GB NVMe SSD (in photos)64 eMMC, 256GB / 512GB NVMe SSD
ConnectivityUnknown (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth assumed)Dual-band 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB – C, Asus XG Mobile external GPU connector. Headphone, UHS-III micro SD, Fingerprint SensorUSB Type-C with DisplayPort, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card reader (UHS-I)
BatteryComparable with Steam Deck40 WHr
Display7-inch 16:9 display7-inch 16:10 display
Operating systemWindowsSteamOS
Dimensions280 x 113 x 39 mm298 x 117 x 50.5 mm
Price[$649 to $899]$399 to $649

From a reddit post:

  • purposely missing Hall effect thumb sticks and other features to match $649 steam deck price
  • 2 Models and 2 colors (white and black, 512GB $649 1TB $899
  • Custom Asus OS is still being worked on (can link steam, Epic, Origin, and XBOX Gamepass to the OS and it will be able to sync achievements and screenshots etc)
  • October release date, Microsoft to help promote gamepass on this device
  • Asus employee aware of Sony handheld secretly being worked on (no info besides that) which is why they approached Microsoft months ago due to more competition coming soon besides valve
  • Supports eGPU
  • Supports VR
  • Biggest hiccup is the design, gyro controls not functioning properly with windows

P.S believe me or not this is all I know and was able to play around with while asking questions

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Tsing Mui
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