Companies like Microsoft are looking ASUS ROG Companion It’s doing the dirty work of making Windows 11 a true gaming operating system for them. The first reviews of these consoles have something in common, and that is that most of the people who have reviewed the consoles, they like steam deck Despite being less powerful. The reason is obvious: Operating System,
While the Steam Deck offers an operating system designed solely for gaming, the ASUS ROG Companion, and the rest of the consoles, get a simple Windows 11. Packed with widgets and layers of customization, This implies a more complex user experience, unless you make various modifications at the operating system level to improve the experience. Also it means have background apps Consuming resources that affect performance and autonomy.
Because of this, Microsoft is already aware of the companies have done their dirty work, making the console a breakthrough product with x86 hardware. Because of this, they now have to work at a faster pace to improve the experience, and with it the popularity of these consoles. Specifically, ASUS has to Code Extra Game Features in your own app. Among them, ways to turn on the Xbox button, limit the maximum charge of the battery, or facilitate the mapping of console buttons.
Xbox wants to bring Quick Resume technology to portable consoles
Was Ronan Sons head of Xbox devices, which announced that will improve in windows 11 To provide better gaming experience on handheld console. In particular, the most interesting technology in front of the steam deck Quick Resume Must Include, It should be remembered that this technology debuted on the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles thanks to the inclusion of an SSD. Specifically, it will allow you to switch between different games, but they will never stop.
To be precise, they live in the background and you can move between them if you need to restart the executable. Thus it allows you to save loading time and choose to resume the game. It’s not really surprising, if we think that it’s really a laptop”
instead of the proper console. Thinking about a PC is nothing new, however in this case will be integrated in a completely different way Because the user doesn’t have the possibility to look at the taskbar and move around it (unless you remove the personalization layer) or by using Alt+Tab.
The biggest problem with the ASUS ROG Companion is its Windows 11 operating system
Analysis indicates that the keyboard is not optimized for use with a touch screen. Scrolling through documents or browsing the web with the joystick going in jerks, The taskbar sometimes appears sliced in half; no shortcut button For Xbox Game Pass or Steam so you don’t need to navigate through menus to get to your game library. Of course, you can adapt a button for this, but you will lose its functionality, which are essential (personalization layer or direct access to the console’s energy settings, frequencies, cooling, etc.).
there are a few control assignment problem (incorrect or generate activation problems). Then there are other problems like resolution switch (720p or 1080p) This only affects desktop Windows, no more games. The Armory Crate customization layer does not scale correctly with other elements of the Windows user interface; fps limiter doesn’t always work, Changing the quick console setting may take several seconds for the controls to function again; cannot link macros or the key combination (Shift + Tab); And a serious problem is that while moving the joystick and pressing the trigger arsenal crate does not accept input of this button. This will render some games unplayable.
In short, the ASUS ROG Companion is more powerful than the Steam Deck, but the user experience feels great due to the fact that Windows 11 is not designed for this purpose,