Denuvo Could Come to Playstation 5, Should You Be Worried?

by in General | Mar, 10th 2021

When you think of the phrase “Denuvo comes to Playstation 5”, what is the first thing you think of? If you’re like us, you recoil in horror and frustration. We’re just like you though; we want to see the end of cheating in online games. It’s the absolute worst. Few things are more aggravating in a game than watching someone openly employ hacks or cheats. As of today, Denuvo by Irdeto announced they are joining the Playstation 5 Tools and Middleware program. The aim is to offer an Anti-Cheat solution to game developers that need it. But is Denuvo really the right answer to the problem? This is, of course, just our opinion. We don’t have a lot of reasons to trust the Denuvo software, thanks to a history of DRM problems and performance woes.

Denuvo Can’t Stop Poor PC Performance of Their Product

Not everyone even knows what Denuvo does, anyway. Denuvo’s technology is supposed to stop cheating in online games. That sounds great right out of the box, right? What about when you buy a game that has Denuvo DRM (Digital Rights Management), and the DRM won’t work on your PC? Then you can’t play that game. It tends to cause more problems for regular users than it does people who pirate games. There are varieties of DRM, and many of them can feel like a punishment to people who buy a game and just want to play it.

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Denuvo has been a big source of controversy in recent years

Reinhard Blaukovitsch, Managing Director of Denuvo, Irdeto spoke about the news:

“Cheating ruins video games for honest players. This can lead to lower engagement, game traffic and shrinking revenues for game publishers. We are really proud be able to help the world’s most talented developers to bring rich experiences for gamers on Playstation 5.”

There’s also the nature of Denuvo’s DRM slowing down your computer. Despite Denuvo stating, “ Developed by security experts and video game enthusiasts, Denuvo’s technology has no negative impact on in-game performance and its non-intrusive methodology ensures the developer’s workflow is never impacted,” that’s not necessarily true all the time. It comes down to how the DRM is implemented in the game. It could check far too often, and cause issues with your PC. Some of this can also simply be launch problems with games though.

There are people who simply will not buy a game at launch if Denuvo is advertised as its DRM, and instead wait a few months until it’s patched out. This isn’t to say that Denuvo hasn’t improved, and couldn’t offer quality Anti-Cheat for the Playstation 5. We’d like that. There’s another possibility that comes out of this. Denuvo throwing their hat in could lead to other developers actually fixing or even implementing their own Anti-Cheat. We’d like to point at how Warzone has gone so far. It doesn’t sound like companies are under any compunction or requirement to use Denuvo either. It sounds like it’s just an option if they’d like to pursue it.

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Borderlands 3 infamously struggled with it’s use of Denuvo

I’m no digital rights/anti-cheat expert, but I won’t lie, I’m leery of this announcement that Denuvo’s going to offer their anti-cheat to Playstation 5 developers. If it’s just anti-cheat, it might not be too bad. If it also has DRM attached to it, I can see players being incredibly nervous. Nobody wants to buy a Playstation 5, only to see all of their favorite games have performance issues, thanks to Denuvo’s software.

It’s certainly a potential cause for concern, but at this time, we’re going to have to wait and see. There are people on both sides of this argument, that think Denuvo is the worst thing of all time and others that think those people are just alarmists. I think there’s some truth to the argument that Denuvo’s Anti-Cheat is bad though. There are a variety of issues that have cropped up across game genres, when Denuvo Anti-Cheat was added, like Doom Eternal, for example.

It’s certainly an interesting topic of discussion, but I for one don’t want to risk the negative implications of Denuvo in my Playstation 5 games.


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