We love the Asus ROG Ally, but one pressing question could make or break its success: How much will it cost? Well, thanks to a recent leak, we have an answer to that question that’s sure to put Steam Deck in deep jeopardy.
In Ally’s announcement, word on the price was a guarantee that it would be “under $1,000,” which put us in control of expectations at $900. So imagine our shock when we saw that the top model with an AMD Z1 Extreme chip would cost just $699!
Steam Deck killer
Let’s take a second to compare this pricing to Valve’s current pricing – I say “current” because if that’s true, I’m confident this will force the company’s hand to lower than retail price to compete.
For $649, you can buy a 512GB Steam Deck (Opens in a new tab). Of course, you’ll get the faster M.2 SSD, anti-glare etched glass, a free carrying case, and some Steam profile goodies for that extra cost.
Meanwhile, for $50 more, you can get the ROG Ally which also comes with 512GB of storage and a lot more horsepower under the hood. Let’s draw a table to show you what you’re getting for that extra money.
|Specifications||valve vapor surfaces||Asus ROG ally|
|CPU||Custom AMD CPU up to 3.5GHz||AMD Z1 Extreme up to 5 GHz|
|graphics||RDNA 2 (1.6 teraflops)||Radeon Navi3 graphics (8.6 Teraflops)|
|ram||16GB LPDDR5||16GB LPDDR5|
|storage||512 GB PCIe Gen 3||512 GB SSD|
|an offer||7 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (60 Hz)||7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels (120 Hz)|
|OS||SteamOS (Linux)||Windows 11 operating system|
I don’t know about you, but this seems to be the best extra fifty bucks you can spend when it comes to a portable gaming machine.
Oh oh. Asus came to play, and the Steam Deck has some serious competition. Not only in terms of the superior specifications of the hardware but also in terms of the attractive price which makes this decision very easy.
In ROG Ally, you get a system that’s twice as powerful as Steam Deck, with a screen that’s two times smoother, and thanks to Windows 11, you’re not limited to just running your Steam library.
And you get all that for just $50… Yeah, Valve needs to work hard on bringing Steam Deck 2 to market sooner rather than later.
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