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Apr 18, 2023 4 min read

Windows is Not Your Ally - 4/18/2023 Newsletter

ROG Ally #playALLYourgames, Half-Life Alyx key art, Windows Handheld Mode from a September 2022 Microsoft Hackathon event

It appears ASUS is teasing that their ROG Ally "may be coming sooner than you expect." According to their ROG Global Twitter account. Read More in our weekly newsletter

ASUS ROG Ally coming "sooner than you expect"

It appears ASUS is teasing that their ROG Ally "may be coming sooner than you expect." According to their ROG Global Twitter account.

ASUS ROG's Global Twitter page says "The ROG Ally is set to release worldwide (and it may be sooner than you expect)".

In addition to an imminent release date, rumors are also circulating that the ASUS ROG Ally might fall between $650-700. With performance said to be double that of the Steam Deck, with a 1080p/120FPS display, and an eGPU Dock, the ASUS ROG Ally might finally be the reasonably affordable solution. For more official updates, check out the Best Buy listing and sign up to be notified about the official price, specs, and release date.

Half-Life Alyx "No VR" Mod Is Now Fully Playable

Half-Life Alyx's No VR mod now allows players to play Half-Life Alyx from start to finish without having to manipulate no-clip anymore. While some features may still be lost in translation, this mod makes Half-Life Alyx far more accessible to the general audience, and can even be played on a Steam Deck. Check out the official mod page below.

Half-Life Alyx NoVR mod
The easiest to use and most flexible no VR mod for Half-Life Alyx! This mod allows you to play Half-Life Alyx without VR, not needing specialized drivers or anything like that. Allowing for it to be played anyway and anywhere you like! Just copy and…

Microsoft Shot Down Windows Handheld PC Interface

A Microsoft Hackathon Project caught some attention this week with Steam Deck fans. The project was to create an interface within Windows more appropriate for handheld PC devices. The interface would offer a native Windows interface, rather than a software frontend solution that is used by current handheld Windows PC devices like what AYAENO and the upcoming ASUS ROG Ally will use.

The goal would be to create a solution to fully optimize Windows around these gaming handheld PC devices in order to make sure drivers and hardware are fully accessible to a game. Other interesting details such as updating the on-screen keyboard to be more user-friendly (a major problem with even Microsoft's own Surface line of tablets).  All-in-all, these Microsoft developers seem to completely understand all of the qualms people face with the terrible interface Windows has become over the years for non-mouse and keyboard devices.

Despite the positive response and necessity of this project, Microsoft has not entertained continuing this pitch from September 2022. The reason for the pitch to go live on Twitter is to spur a public outcry to get Microsoft to reconsider ignoring this effort. Only time will tell when Microsoft will figure out the user experience in Windows needs an overhaul.

Third and Final Trailer for Tears of the Kingdom

If you haven't seen it yet, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom had its third and final trailer released. The chilling trailer expands more into the story and shows the return of a familiar foe, voiced by Matt Mercer.

The trailer summarizes the previous 10-minute deep-dive with Eiji Aonuma where we saw Link building and combining various items. Without giving too much away, the trailer itself shows off companions that will aid Link, traversal across suspended platforms, and a return of an old-school Zelda boss, Gleeok the three-headed dragon, in a much more firey appearance than before. The chilling trailer is but a taste of what awaits next month.

Surprisingly the limited edition Tears of the Kingdom Nintendo Switch OLED system is still in stock on Amazon. Pick yours up before they ship on April 28th.

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Cody Castona
Cody Castona
Cody's love for games started at a very young age thanks to Donkey Kong and Araknoid arcade cabinets in the home he grew up in. His first console was a PlayStation, and enjoys new and retro games.
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