Asus South Africa has finally announced the official local price and launch date of the company’s brand-new handheld gaming console – the ROG Ally. The first official mention of the ROG Ally was initially met with scepticism. But that’s to be expected when you announce anything on the 1st of April.
Asus making us eat our words
Now, about that price. When we reported on the global announcement, we mentioned that Asus would have a tall order matching or beating the price of Valve’s Steam Deck, the ROG Ally’s chief competition. Unless you count the Nintendo Switch, but you really shouldn’t.
Coming in at R16,000, R1,000 less than the cheapest Steam Deck here in SA, the ROG Ally and its newer AMD Z1 Extreme APU with 512GB of SSD storage (with the option to expand) and a 1080p 120Hz-capable display makes trying to pick between the portable gaming consoles seem like an easy choice.
Stuff was lucky enough to spend some time with an early review sample of the ROG Ally. We aren’t allowed to tell you everything just yet, you’ll have to wait for the 15th for that. But keep your eyes peeled for our initial thoughts soon.