January 25, 2024

LaD: Infinite Wealth Performance on ROG Ally, Legion Go, and 7840U APU Handhelds

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth runs like a charm on ROG Ally, Legion Go, and many others, all thanks to FSR 3 and Frame Generation.

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is going to be released in less than 2 hours from the time of posting, and it is extremely exciting. The 8th mainline entry into the Yakuza/Like a Dragon series is incredible and chock-full of content. It is going to be a journey to remember. I was lucky enough to get a review copy, and I reviewed the game on the Steam Deck. While it is a newer game, it can hold 40 FPS well and still look incredible. But what about the other handhelds? I didn’t want to leave them out, especially with how FSR 3 Frame Generation affects the game!

So, without delay, here is what you can expect performance-wise for Infinite Wealth on the Windows handhelds.

ROG Ally and Legion Go (Z1 Extreme)

Starting off, I wanted to test Infinite Wealth on the ROG Ally and Legion Go. Both are powerful devices utilizing the AMD Z1 Extreme APU, so they can really push performance further than the Steam Deck. The ROG Ally and Legion Go perform similarly, so I won’t go into too much detail about each specific handheld, but I will say that the Legion Go’s big screen is an awesome way to experience the game.

On the highest settings with no upscaler, Infinite Wealth can almost hit 30 FPS in a majority of areas, usually resting around 26 – 28 FPS. This is at 1920×1080 or 1920×1200 resolution, so it looks extremely crisp and beautiful. But this also means we can push pretty hard with a little bit of upscaling and get very playable results. Just setting FSR 3 to Quality mode brings the framerate in these areas up to 43 – 44 FPS, and it still looks amazing, but then we can turn on Frame Generation, and it changes everything.

While it can feel a little slow at times if you are really paying attention, turning FSR 3 Frame Generation on bumps the game up to 60 FPS in most of these areas. Even at the mall, which regularly sees dips when running around, the game held strong at 59 – 60 FPS. It is pretty incredible seeing this, and even with the minor slowdowns here and there, it feels overall better. And with FSR 3 on Quality and everything else on high, this is an incredible way to play.

You could set a 30 or 40 FPS limit and bring the TDP limit down to save on battery, but with these devices, the battery life isn’t great anyway; I preferred just playing at 60 FPS with high-quality settings. There may be some drops or slowdowns at the mall and some late-game battles, but the majority of the game is going to be an incredible experience.

AYANEO, GPD, and OneXFly Using 7840U APU

Then, I decided to test the game on devices with a 7840U APU. This includes the AYANEO SLIDE, KUN, Air 1S, GPD WIN 4, GPD WIN Mini, OneXFly, and more. The benefit of these handhelds is that they can utilize the newest AMD Driver, which includes optimizations for Infinite Wealth and allow Fluid Motion Frames on the 780M iGPU. So, how does this affect the game? Well, it is a bit better than the Z1 Extreme.

I primarily tested on the AYANEO SLIDE, OneXFly, and GPD WIN 4, and each one had a very similar performance. Using high settings and FSR 3 Quality with Frame Generation, I was able to get 60 FPS in almost every area, including the mall, and on a lower TDP limit, generally around 16W – 18W. This means we can get a lot more battery life for similar performance to the Z1 Extreme chips. I believe this is due to being able to utilize the new AMD Driver that features optimizations for Infinite Wealth, so it’s very possible the Ally and Legion Go will be better once they get these updates.

Overall, you should have no issue playing Infinite Wealth on the ROG Ally, Legion Go, or any 7840U APU handheld. Thanks to FSR 3 and Frame Generation, we can easily get to 60 FPS with minor slowdowns, which aren’t noticeable unless you pay close attention. Otherwise, you can play 40 FPS very easily if you want to turn it off. It is a little too heavy to run without any upscaler, but with how optimized the game is and how the upscalers are implemented, it will be hard to notice.

You can get Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth on Steam for $69.99.

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Noah Kupetsky

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