Metroid Dread runs at 4K/60 FPS on PC through Yuzu and Ryujinx

The battle between Samus and the Metroid comes back in boosted-up graphics and FPS through the Nintendo Switch emulator for PCs.

Yuzu, an experimental Nintendo Switch emulator, has made great strides in a short period of time. Today, Yuzu and its counterpart, Ryujinx, run Metroid Dread at 60 FPS on a 4K resolution. 

This comes to light only days after the game’s official launch on the latest offering from Nintendo.

Metroid Dread for Switch has been in continuation from the installments on NES/SNES. In fact, it is a direct sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion game. 

Running on Moderate Configurations

Many content creators are testing the limits of Yuzu by running Metroid Dread on a modest 7th intel i5 paired with a GTX 1060. People can run it consistently on 60 FPS apart from the cutscenes where it drops 30-40 frames per second. 

At the other end, we have Ryujinx, which fared well but stood behind Yuzu in terms of performance output. We cannot complain, given the emulator’s limitations and myopic development.

Yuzu Had it in the Garage

Last year the Nintendo Switch emulator silently added a DirectX 12 port for Super Mario Odyssey along with the dual-core support. This amped the performance for the resource-intensive titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. The games designed for 30 FPS were suddenly running on 60 FPS 4K with augmented graphics, providing a different experience altogether.

Regardless of the updates being pushed on Yuzu, it continues to be a resource-intensive emulator that requires a moderately powered PC at a bare minimum. You cannot run it on a lower-end computer and expect seamless performance.