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What controllers work with the Asus ROG Ally?

If you buy the Asus ROG Ally, you’ll get an excellent portable game console and Steam Deck alternative. You can take it with you on the go, but when you’re at home at a desk or near a TV, you can also dock the Asus ROG Ally and enjoy your games on a bigger screen.

This means that you will need an external console. Since ROG Ally is running Windows 11, the good news is that your new mobile device supports all kinds of controllers. You can use controllers with ROG Ally either wired via a USB-C connection or wirelessly via Bluetooth. Or, if your console has one, you can use a wireless dongle.

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Of course, since the Asus ROG Ally only has one USB-C port, you’ll need a dongle or dock if you want to plug a controller that uses a USB-C to USB-A connection into your mobile device. Plug the small end of the USB cable into the ROG Ally, then the large end into the dongle or dock.

Which console should you buy?

The best types of controllers to use are those with an Xbox layout with ABXY button orientation, the same as what you’ll find on the ROG Ally controller. This does not mean that you cannot use other controllers with your system; It’s just that with non-Xbox consoles, what you see on the console won’t line up with what you see in your games. This applies if you end up using a PlayStation DualSense controller or a Nintendo Switch controller with an Asus ROG Ally.

It’s easy to pair an Xbox controller or other Bluetooth controller with the Asus ROG Ally. You just need to turn on Bluetooth on Windows 11. Touch the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray and then click the Bluetooth icon. You can then hit the arrow next to the Bluetooth icon, and put your controller into pairing mode (press and hold the pairing button for three seconds). Then choose the console from your list. You will be contacted immediately.

You can purchase an Xbox console or any of the other recommended options below.

  • Microsoft Xbox Core console

    Your console may be portable with built-in controls, but the weight will tire your arms. Keep playing with the reliable Xbox Essential Controller while your ROG Ally recharges.

  • 8BitDo Ultimate Wireless 2.4g Controller

    This controller is more compact than the Xbox Core controller and comes in several different colors.

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    PDP wired game controller

    The PDP Wired Game Console is an excellent wired game console. It’s officially licensed by Microsoft, and has the same layout as the original Steam Deck controller, along with rumble controls.

It is only one way to decorate your system. You can also grab keyboards, mice, and more cool accessories before you get the Asus ROG Ally, which launches on June 13th.

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The Asus ROG Ally is a Windows 11 gaming laptop, and a major competitor to Valve’s Steam Deck. It comes with AMD Ryzen Z1 processors, a full HD display, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

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