ASUS Responds to ROG Ally's "Undercooked" Firmware Criticism, but Big Performance Boost Is on the Way

What You Need to Know

  • The ASUS ROG Ally is an upcoming handheld gaming console that will be released on June 13th, 2023.
  • Reviewers have already had a chance to test the device, but the firmware it came with seemed to hinder performance.
  • Famous YouTuber Dave Lee shared that a recent firmware update for ROG Ally improves performance by 15-20%.

The ASUS ROG Ally is a highly anticipated handheld gaming console that aims to compete with the Steam Deck. The device is available for pre-order now and begins shipping on June 13th, 2023. Reviewers have already had a chance to test the device, though it has received mixed reviews.

Performance issues, especially at low power, dampened some of the enthusiasm for the ROG Ally. Fortunately for those interested in the device, the delivered version will be significantly better than those used by the reviewers.

Famous tech YouTuber Dave Lee (also known as Dave2D) recently shared a video about his experience with ROG Ally. He explained that ASUS was "sending review units that just weren't ready for review." He added that consoles sent to reviewers "were running on sloppy drivers and firmware." He then reached out to ASUS, who told him to wait for updates.

According to Lee, a recent firmware update that only works with the latest driver resulted in a performance improvement of 15-20%.

Fortunately for those who ordered the ROG Ally or have already pre-ordered the console, these firmware updates should be available at launch.

With the new firmware available, we'll have a better chance to see how ROG Ally compares with Steam Deck and other handheld gaming consoles. After the console's release, we can also potentially turn the ROG Ally into a Steam Deck.

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