Like a Dragon: Ishin! on Steam Deck Settings and Performance

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Like a Dragon: Ishin! Steam Deck Performance

Screenshot taken from Like a Dragon Ishin on Steam Deck with the settings set to high.Screenshot taken from Like a Dragon Ishin on Steam Deck with the settings set to ultra high.

Like a Dragon: Ishin! runs brilliantly on the Steam Deck. So much so, in fact, you can get away with running the game on high settings and still maintain a fairly stable framerate of 60. 

The game itself does run a little hot, and you’ll definitely feel it through the back of the Steam Deck. But when that’s the biggest problem, you know you’re onto a winner. 

Frames will fluctuate at times, normally when a scene becomes busier or when something new is loading in but it’s rarely felt in a  way than hinders gameplay. On the whole, I’m happy to say this is a mostly smooth 60 frames per second. 

Like a Dragon: Ishin! Steam Deck Settings

Screenshot taken from Like a Dragon Ishin on Steam Deck with the overlay turned on showing how well the game performs.

The settings below are what I used to get the steadiest 60 frames per second. 

I did try using ultra-high settings (as shown in the slider at the top of the page) but the difference in quality was negligible. It’s one of those situations where only people who care about the highest visuals will want to try this setting out. For the majority, 60 frames with high settings are more than enough. 

One area that I’ll let you decide on is the real-time reflections setting. Turning it on causes a slight drop in frames and to be honest, it’s not essential to the experience, so feel free to test that one out yourself. I prefer it off because I’m a sucker for a smooth 60 frames per second, but your mileage may vary. 

Like a Dragon: Ishin! (In-game Settings)
Display Mode Fullscreen
Resolution 1280 x 800
AMD FSR 2.1 Performance
AMD FSR Sharpness Full
Intel XeSS Off
VSync On
Graphics Quality Custom
FPS 60
Texture Quality Medium
Shadow Quality High
Geometry Quality High
Real-time Reflections Off
Render Scale 1.0x
Steam Deck Settings (Quick Access Menu)
TDP: 12 (60 frames) Estimated Battery Life: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Docked Mode Resolution: 1280×700 FSR: On (Docked Mode)
GPU Usage: 87% Temperature: 74 degrees
Extra Info
Fills the Entire Steam Deck Screen No
Valve Grading Verified
Performance Rating: 4/5

Remove the Border in Like a Dragon: Ishin! on Steam Deck

When playing in handheld mode, Like a Dragon: Ishin! has a rather irritating border around the screen area. I presume this was to jazz up the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen rather than implement a dedicated 16:10 aspect ratio. 

At the time of writing, I haven’t found a way to turn the borders off, yet. In docked mode, you can run the game at 1280×700 to fill your screen, thus removing the bars. But in handheld mode, there isn’t a 1280×800 option that completely fills the screen. 

It’s not a deal-breaker by any means, but it is a slight annoyance. 

Bugs and Issues

So far so good. No game is perfect, obviously, but there’s nothing I’ve discovered thus far in Like a Dragon: Ishin! that has given me cause for concern. 

One word of warning, though: I was informed it’s worth downloading and starting the game before installing any downloadable content packs as this originally could cause issues with them not appearing. I assume this will be patched so depending on when you’re reading this it may not be an issue. Still, if you’re worried, boot the game and make a save before downloading and installing any DLC just to be safe. 


The whole Yakuza and Like a Dragon series remains a breath of fresh air. With each game, you don’t know what you’re getting but you know you’ll be in for a ride. 

Like a Dragon: Ishin! is different in its setting but truthful in its Yakuza roots. It’s a blast, and on Steam Deck performance is on par with its PC and console counterparts. You honestly couldn’t ask for more. 

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All images captured on Steam Deck hardware.


Wesley Copeland
Wesley Copeland

Wesley Copeland is a gaming, tech, and toys journalist with over 10 years of experience writing online. Originally starting in video games before specializing in tech and toys, you can find his bylines at IGN, VG24/7, Kotaku, Tech Radar, Games Radar, PC Gamer, Heavy, and many more. He's also highly passionate about how tech can be used to better our day-to-day lives.