Want a cheaper Asus ROG Ally? Your prayers have been answered

The handheld gaming console is one of the best on the market – and now you can get one even cheaper!

Asus ROG Ally
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Earlier this year, we saw the unveiling of the Asus ROG Ally. That offered a top platform for gaming on the go, giving users a Windows-based platform which could host all of their games in all of their libraries.

Now, a second variant has launched in the UK – and you can pick it up for even less than the first launch! The new variant still utilises an AMD Ryzen Z1 processor, but drops the Extreme moniker of the first.

That uses a six-core, 12-thread processor, rather than the eight-core, 16-thread arrangement of the Extreme. Expect a little less power from the chip, then. Still, that should be more than enough to power most games with ease – particularly if your favourites are less intensive titles.

Beyond the processor, everything else is identical to the original variant. You'll get the same dual-fan, Zero Gravity thermal system, which helps to keep the ROG Ally cool regardless of the orientation it's held in. You'll still get 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, with a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

The display is the same 120Hz FHD panel as the original, which boasts exceptional motion clarity. When I tested the first model, that was one of my favourite things about it, so it's good to see that you'll find the same great part on this less expensive model.

Of course, you can still use it in exactly the same way, too. Users will enjoy a Windows-based system, which enables you to load all of your different game libraries in one place. 

That's perfect for those with titles spread across multiple platforms, and makes it really easy to use. You won't ever have to worry about being unable to play your favourite games, even when out and about. 

The new variant will cost just £599 in the UK, saving £100 against the retail price of the higher spec model. That makes it a great option for those who want some of the gaming goodness of the original, but with a slightly lower price tag.

Devices will be available from the 3rd of October.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.