Asus Removes Key Feature from ROG Ally X: A Significant Change in the Works

The Asus ROG Ally X showcasing Armored Core VI.
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Asus is abandoning a distinctive feature of the ROG Ally in its latest iteration. The ROG Ally X has been unveiled, and as hinted by a series of previews and leaks, it completely revamps Asus’ handheld gaming PC. However, in the process of enhancing the device, Asus has forsaken its XG Mobile ecosystem that previously set the original device apart.

The initial ROG Ally featured a sizable, exclusive connector for one of Asus’ external XG Mobile GPUs. This enabled users to link the handheld to a more potent graphics card, along with a variety of I/O (input/output) options, using a single cable. Our testing of the XG Mobile revealed that it doesn’t function as seamlessly as anticipated. Driver conflicts prevent the smooth experience Asus had promised, and Asus is now acknowledging this reality.

Connectors on the Asus ROG Ally X.

The ROG Ally X, on the other hand, features dual USB-C ports. While one is designated for charging, the other supports USB 4, enabling connection to any external GPU enclosure desired. This provides a broader range of options for powering up the ROG Ally X and resolves a significant issue observed in handhelds from the Steam Deck OLED to the MSI Claw. With a second USB-C port, you can charge the device while still linked to another accessory.

Moreover, the ROG Ally X represents a substantial improvement over its predecessor. It retains the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor, coupled with a 7-inch 1080p display capable of a 120Hz refresh rate. However, all other aspects have been enhanced. The memory has been increased to 24GB, now operating at 7500 MT/s. Additionally, an 80 watt-hour battery has been included, doubling the capacity of the original model.

One of the more notable upgrades pertains to storage. The device now offers 1TB of storage space, utilizing an M.2 2280 SSD. This size aligns with that of most desktops, facilitating easier and more cost-effective upgrades. Asus has redesigned the storage to accommodate drives with modules on both sides, enabling storage expansion of up to 8TB with an upgrade.

Customizable keys on the Asus ROG Ally X.

Other modifications are relatively minor but could yield significant effects. The macro keys at the rear of the device are now smaller, and Asus has replaced the joysticks with those found on the Steam Deck OLED. Additionally, Asus is collaborating with GuliKit to offer Hall Effect joysticks as a future upgrade. Asus mentions that the shell now features a slightly more rounded design and incorporates a marginally larger sound chamber housing the same speakers.

Similar to the Steam Deck OLED, the ROG Ally X presents an opportunity to address the shortcomings of the original device while Asus develops a true successor. However, this enhancement comes at a price. The ROG Ally X is priced at $800, $100 more than its predecessor. Preorders are currently available for the device, although Asus has yet to confirm the release date.

Bella Anderson

Bella is a tech enthusiast turned journalist, passionate about decoding complex innovations into understandable insights.

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