Valorant’s Anti-Cheat Requires TPM 2.0 on Win 11 for Hardware Bans
We’ve recently learned that Valorant may make their hardware bans more effective with this latest change. There are certainly detractors with Windows 10 requiring Kernel-level access to your computer for anti-cheat. Why? Because it doesn’t even work 100% of the time, and that is the deepest level of access a program can have. There are fewer cheaters in Valorant compared to Warzone, thanks to these hardware bans. As the move to Windows 11 begins, we’ve seen Riot Games embrace the mandatory TPM 2.0 requirement on Windows 11, as well as Source Boot. Valorant’s anti-cheat, Vanguard, has absolute control over your Operating System, which can be very scary.
What Is Changing in Valorant?
Yes, it is nerve-wracking to know something has so much potential access and control over your PC. The end result has been fewer cheaters in Valorant. It isn’t 100% effective, so we can understand people being nervous. Here’s hoping this next step goes further in stopping Valorant cheaters, even if that means more hardware bans. This means if you use Windows 11, you need a TPM 2.0 chip in your motherboard.
It’s essentially hardware-level protection against a variety of attacks on your computer. It can protect data at a hardware level and encrypt it directly. This should make your PC safer from software-style attacks. According to Microsoft’s own David Weston:
“Its purpose is to protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other sensitive data behind a hardware barrier so that malware and attackers can’t access or tamper with that data.”
So yes, if you’re going to use Windows 11, you do need newer hardware. On the plus side, you don’t have to upgrade to Windows 11 yet. You can stay on 10. This reveal about TPM 2.0 came from the Anti-Cheat Police Dept on Twitter. The positive from this is that Hardware Bans in Valorant will not be bypassed, given how TPM works. At least, that’s the theory. There are more than likely ways around even using TPM on Windows 11, but we aren’t going to speculate or cover that.
There will, of course, be pushback against this, and players saying it’s unfair or won’t work. There are also people that think this is a good idea to keep our online games safe and free of cheaters (or free of so many). Whatever your opinion on TPM is, it’s pretty clear that it’s being pushed as the next step in PC security. If it keeps the game safe, and effectively hardware bans cheaters, we can get on board with it.