The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are probably going to get us smooth frame rates and true 4K resolution on lots of titles, but considering that those targets can still ask a lot of the best PC graphics cards money can buy, we're sure to see a mix of different approaches. Yakuza: Like a Dragon, first released in Japan on PS4, will give players a range of performance modes to pick from on Series X, and thankfully, Digital Foundry has already taken them all for a spin.
At least on the Series X, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be the first title in the series to hit 60 FPS on a console since Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio switched over to its new Dragon Engine tech. Thomas Morgan got to go hands on with a limited pre-release build of Like a Dragon on Series X to test its three performance modes there, and in short, most players will probably be pretty happy playing either at 4K with 30 FPS or at 1440p with double the frame rate.
In Morgan's tests, Yakuza: Like a Dragon holds to its targeted frame rate pretty consistently where it counts most: exploring Yokohama as new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga stays at a steady 60 or 30 FPS depending on which resolution you're aiming for. Both modes exhibit some frame rate drops during effects-heavy combat, but the new turn-based RPG mechanics mean the actual gameplay experience takes less of a hit.
The third performance option on Xbox Series X runs Yakuza: Like a Dragon at 1080p and 60 FPS. What's gained in terms of rock-solid frame rate is lost in fidelity. While plenty of people will surely still hook up Xbox Series X consoles to 1080p TVs, Digital Foundry recommends the 1440p/60 "Normal" mode on Series X above the others for most players.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches on Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on Nov. 10. We'll have to wait until closer to its Mar. 2, 2021 launch on PS5 to see how its next-gen performance measures up on Sony's new device. For more on Like a Dragon, be sure to read Reviews Editor Mike Williams' hands-on preview from yesterday.