How to fix the Yakuza 6 Stuttering Issues on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Yakuza 6

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the final entry in Kazuma Kiryu’s tale, and is now available on PC. Originally released on the PS4, Yakuza 6’s release on PC has basically brought every single mainline Yakuza title to PC. Like a Dragon actually released on PC with every other platform, and here is hoping we get the spin-off titles like Judgement on Steam as well. Now, just like every new Yakuza title, there are some technical problems one can run into. If you want to fix the Yakuza 6 stuttering on PC, here are a few things you can try.

Even though the game came out hours ago, it already has Very Positive reviews on Steam. The quality of their ports has only improved overtime, and Yakuza 6 runs on their modern engine. It looks excellent, and fans of Like a Dragon will feel right at home. These titles aren’t super demanding either, but you will need a decent setup if you want to play the game at higher settings.

Fixing the Yakuza 6 Stuttering Issues

Just like Kiwami 2, multiple users have reported that they are running into stuttering problems. This is something tied to how the game handles framerate. There are a few things users can try to fix both the stuttering and framepacing problems. These are apparent in most Yakuza titles despite the decent framerate.

Turn off V-sync

The first thing you want to try is disable the in-game V-sync setting. This particular setting has been known to cause problems in Kiwami 2 as well. To do this, follow the steps below.

  • Open Graphics Settings in the Options Menu
  • Here, set the value of Vertical Sync to Off
The Vertical Sync value locks the framerate to match the refresh rate

Now, simply turning this off can cause screen-tearing. To counter that, follow the next method.

Set an in-game framerate limit

Since simply turning off vertical sync can introduce tearing if you’re not on a freesync or G-Sync monitor, you can set an internal FPS limit. To do this, follow the steps below.

  • Open Graphics Settings in the Options Menu
  • Here, set the value to either 30, 60, or 120, based on your preference
Setting a custom FPS value in the settings will lock the framerate, potentially fixing the Yakuza 6 stuttering problems
FPS lock option

If this didn’t work either, you can externally set the framelimit by following the next method.

Set framerate limit using Rivatuner

RivaTuner is one of the best utilities for PC Gamers and a must-have. It allows you to set frame limits and improves frame-pacing in almost every title. This is possibly the best way to fix the Yakuza 6 stuttering problems.

Download links for the latest version of RivaTuner, provided by Guru3D
  • Install Rivatuner Statistics Server
  • Now, simply launch Rivatuner Statistics Server, and it will show up in the taskbar, as shown below
RivaTuner is minimized to the taskbar by default, and runs in the background with minimal RAM usage
  • If you know the location for Yakuza 6’s executable, open that, if not, open Steam
  • Right-click on Yakuza 6 in your library, and then Manage, and finally Browse local files
You can browse the local files of a game through Steam by click on Manage, and then Browse local files
  • This will take you to the installation folder
  • Now, open RivaTuner from the taskbar
  • Click on the Add button
Clicking on the Add button will allow you to browse and add an executable
Adding an executable
  • Browse the Yakuza 6 folder, and select the yakuza6.exe, and press Open
  • yakuza6.exe will be added to the list
  • Select it, and set the value of Framerate limit to your desired one, for example, 60
Setting a Framerate limit in RivaTuner can potentially fix Yakuza 6 Stuttering issues
Setting a framerate limit in RivaTuner
  • Minimize Rivatuner, and then turn on “Show On-Screen Display” to show in-game FPS while you are playing Yakuza 6

Turn off SSAA or lock the framerate with it

If you are using an unlocked framerate, try turning off SSAA, and see if that makes a difference. Both FXAA, and MSAA seem to have better performance, but SSAA looks the best when it comes to visuals.

To adjust this, navigate to Graphics Settings, and then Advanced Settings. Here, you can change the value of Anti-Aliasing to something like FXAA.

To get consistent performance with SSAA, you will need to lock the framerate yet again. Your best is to use the external framerate limiter, like RivaTuner, to get the most stable framerate, and frame pacing. Previously, Nioh 2’s stuttering was addressed using similar methods.

We hope this guide was helpful, and you aren’t running into Yakuza 6 stuttering issues anymore. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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