Port Report - Yakuza 6: The Song of Love

The Yakuza series has transitioned to PC - Was it a success?

Port Report - Yakuza 6: The Song of Love

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life - PC Port Report

Introduction

Yakuza 6 is now available on PC, launching through the Microsoft Store, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Stream, completing the mainline Yakuza series on the platform. Now, PC gamers can play through the entire story of Kazuma Kiryu from start to finish on PC, something that was only previously possible on PlayStation consoles. 

Sega has transitioned its Yakuza series from being a PlayStation-only series to a full-on multi-platform franchise, with the series arriving on both PC and Xbox systems. The PC version of Yakuza 6 comes to us through QLOC, the same studio that was behind the recent PC release of NieR Automata: BECOME AS GODS EDITION

In this port report, we will be looking at the PC version of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, how it performs on the platform and discussing any quirks within this version of the game. Will Yakuza 6 play best on PC, or is there a better version of the game that's available on consoles? 

In the following pages, we will discuss Yakuza 6's PC settings, the hardware required for smooth 60 FPS gameplay and Yakuza 6's shortcomings on PC. While the game's PC version could be better, we will say here that Yakuza 6 looks fantastic on PC, especially on systems that can run the game at 4K resolutions. Now let's get started.   

 

Port Report - Yakuza 6: The Song of Love  
Contents (Click links to go directly to each page)

- PC Settings, Stutters and Quirks

- 1080p Performance


- 1440p Performance


- 4K Performance


- CPU Scaling - How many Cores does Yakuza need?


- Settings Scaling - How to get higher framerates in Yakuza 6


- Resolution Scaling - The real way to get higher framerates

- Conclusion - Is Yakuza 6 worth it on PC?

Port Report - Yakuza 6: The Song of Love  

Testing Methodology - Our New Test System

With Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, we will be using our new Games and Graphics Card test system, which is powered by AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X processor and PCIe 4.0 storage. 

More information about this system is available here, where we have detailed why we have moved to Ryzen for our GPU and games testing. 

CPU & Motherboard - AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Formula

There is a lot to consider when building a new games testing system. Will this system stand up to the test of time. Does this system contain the features that new games will require, and are we choosing the right CPU platform for the job? 

With the next-generation of consoles coming with Zen 2 processors and support for PCIe 4.0 storage, it was logical to choose a Ryzen-based test platform. Intel's current offerings do not offer PCIe 4.0 support, and we cannot build a new test system knowing that it will be outdated as soon as games start to utilise faster storage mediums. 

With ASUS' ROG X570 Crosshair VII Formula, we know that we have a motherboard that has capable VRMs to withstand the punishments that a hardware test system must face. With X570, we also know that we can upgrade to Zen 3/Ryzen 4000 should we ever need to.   

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Memory - Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 @ 3600MHz


Having chosen a Ryzen processor for our new test systems, we needed capable memory modules which offered clock speed that would allow us to get the most out of our Ryzen processor.

3600MHz memory is the "sweet-spot" for Ryzen 3000 series processors, offering high levels of memory bandwidth while settings AMD's Infinity Fabric speeds to optimal levels. With this speed in mind, we decided to opt for Corsair's Dominator Platinum RGB series of DDR4 modules, as it offers us a great aesthetic, has modules that offer our optimal memory speeds and has relatively tight timings given its clock speeds. 
 

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SSD Storage - Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD


As we mentioned previously, future games are going to require fast NVMe storage. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will make fast SSD storage a baseline feature of new gaming systems.

PCIe 4.0 devices are an obvious choice for those who want SSDs with the most potential throughput, making Corsair's MP600 SSD a great option for us. With 2TB of storage available to it, it offers us more than enough storage for even the largest of PC games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone will need a lot more 50GB upgrades before we would even dream of filling this SSD. 

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Case - Corsair Obsidian 500D RGB SE

When it comes to PC cases we require two things, a large case (to accommodate large GPUs) that's easy to access and looks good on camera. When new graphics cards start to flood in, we need a case that can look good on video. Beyond that, when testing new graphics cards, we need an enclosure with a side panel that's easy to take on and off, speeding up our testing procedures. 

With these requirements in mind, Corsair's Obsidian 500D RGB SE was a perfect fit. It is large enough to accommodate any graphics card without interfering with a front-mounted AIO liquid cooler, and it has a hinged side panel to make component switching fast and straightforward. For our use case, this chassis is perfect. 

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Power Supply - Corsair RM1000i

Your power supply is the most important part of any test system. There's a reason why rule number 1 for PC building is no never cheap out on your power supply. 

Over the years, we have used many test systems which have been powered by Corsair's RMi series of power supplies, and the reasons behind that are simple. They are 80+ Gold rated, making them very power efficient, and we have never had an RMi power supply fail on us. If you read our PSU reviews, you will know that these units are solid performers. 

Corsair Link is also a useful component of Corsair RMi series power supplies, as they allow us to see how much power the unit is using at any given time digitally. 

We have also paired this unit with Corsair's premium braided cables, which gives our test system a more premium look. 

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Cooling - Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT

While we are keeping our Ryzen 9 3950X at stock clock speeds, we do want to do what we can to keep it cool under load. We also want to do what we can to keep our system as quiet as possible. With this in mind, we have decided to use Corsair's latest 360mm H150i series All-in-One Liquid Cooler.

With the iCUE H150i, we can control the units fans, pump and RGB lighting with the same software as our other system components and keep AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X cool with relative ease. When testing graphics cards, keeping other fan noise to a minimum is a must, as this allows us to properly judge the noise levels of specific graphics cards or other system components.    

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Full System Specifications


OC3D Game/GPU Test Rig

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor with Prescision Boost Overdrive
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (X570) Motherboard 
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB Series DDR4 3600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Corsair RM1000i Power Supply
Corsair iCUE H150i RGB Pro XT All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Corsiar Obsidian 500D RGB SE Case
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Most Recent Comments

26-03-2021, 22:25:50

WYP
For forum regulars;

I want to hear some thoughts on this Port Report format that I have been testing with NieR and Yakuza. It's a little shorter than my usual thing, but it allows me to cover smaller games that I would frankly skip over otherwise.

Obviously, larger games will still get optimised settings etc, but I want to see if people like this format for smaller games.Quote
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