Handheld gaming is making big waves in 2023, as ASUS and Sony both get ready to release new portable devices. First up is the ASUS ROG Ally, which is expected to give the Steam Deck a run for its money. Unlike the Linux-based Steam Deck, the ROG Ally runs on a Windows operating system, which arguably makes it better suited to the mainstream. If you’re looking to grab the new ASUS handheld at launch, then the good news is that you can pre-order the device ahead of its June 13 release date. Simply click on the link below to pre-purchase the ROG Ally from Currys. If you can’t afford the £699 price tag, Currys is giving customers the opportunity to pay in instalments, starting at £28.32 a month.
According to ASUS, the ROG Ally is the first handheld device to run on Windows 11. This means you can play any Windows title from Steam, Epic, Xbox Game Pass, and other platforms.
Speaking of Xbox Game Pass, ASUS is bundling each device with three months of Game Pass Ultimate, so you’ll have plenty of games to enjoy at launch.
The handheld is powered by an AMD RyzenTM processor, giving users 1080p gaming on the go.
ASUS explains more: “Built on the ‘Zen’ 4 architecture combined with AMD RDNA 3 architecture-based graphics, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor rivals the prowess of game consoles with 8 cores, 16 threads, and up to 8.6 teraflops of graphics processing power.
“The ROG Ally also comes equipped with 16GB of high speed LPDDR5 6400MHz memory, 512 GB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, and a UHS-II microSD card slot to further expand its storage capacity.”
The powerful device features a 1080p touchscreen panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and FreeSync Premium support.
The panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which should protect from scratches, drops and dust.
It has a max brightness of 500 nits, making it ideal for outdoor gaming without the glare.
On the flipside, customers can pick up a separate dock, allowing for a more traditional gaming experience on a TV or monitor.
Other neat features include a Zero Gravity thermal system, which uses a dual-fan system with ultra-thin heatsink fins and high-friction heat pipes to ensure the ROG Ally stays cool in any orientation.
That’s on top of Wi-Fi 6E support for a stable connection when playing games through the cloud.
Speaking of handheld devices, Sony announced a dedicated cloud-gaming portable console during the recent PlayStation Showcase event.
Currently known as Project Q, the cloud-based handheld features an 8-inch LCD screen.
Either side of the display are a couple of controllers that are clearly modelled after the DualSense.
Despite not having an official title, Project Q is aiming for a mid-November release date, so expect more news in the coming weeks.