ROG Ally hits Australia next month for AU$1,299, putting Valve to shame

Asus ROG Ally handheld gaming PC
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The ROG Ally handheld PC is not only pretty good, but unlike Valve's Steam Deck, Asus is actually bothering to bring it to Australia. Barely a month after hitting other markets, the ROG Ally's Australian release date is June 13. The company announced today that it'll be available through JB Hi-Fi for AU$1,299, and that you won't have to jump through hoops to get it. Hooray. 

That price puts it slightly above the $699 price in North America (which equates roughly to AU$1,080 at the time of writing), but it's still very competitive and, even better, it's possible to buy a unit without risking various third-party dealers of wide ranging repute.

Detecting a sour tone, Valve? Yes, we've been waiting for the Steam Deck to release in Australia for over a year now, so it's nice that a readily-available and demonstrably great PC handheld will be purchasable in local shops within weeks. Dave James sang its praises in his ROG Ally review last week: "The ROG Ally is the best handheld gaming PC on the market, and probably the best budget gaming PC full stop," he wrote. You hearing this, Gabe? You can still release the Steam Deck in Australia, if you want. But don't strain yourself!

JB Hi-Fi is currently taking pre-orders for the ROG Ally, with a limit of one unit per customer. It looks like JB is the exclusive local retailer, but I've emailed ASUS to double check, though you can buy a unit direct from ASUS if you like, with a 90 day Xbox Game Pass sub thrown in. 

Unlike the Steam Deck, which has three models determined mainly by storage, the ROG Ally has one 512GB model for AU$1,299. If you're in New Zealand, the price is NZD$1,499. 

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.