PS5 Denuvo Announcement Has PlayStation Fans Worried

Denuvo, an industry leader in protecting video games against cheaters, is now offering its Anti-Cheat software to developers and publishers with games on the PlayStation via the PlayStation 5 Tools and Middleware program.

id Software removed Denuvo from Doom Eternal a couple of weeks after its launch.

Denuvo's creator, Irdeto, confirmed this in a press release issued on Wednesday.

According to the press release, it is estimated that games make around 70% of their revenue in the first two weeks following the game's launch. Denuvo claims that their tools will allow developers and publishers to protect their investment during this important period.

In addition, Irdeto says that a number of PlayStation 5 launch games have already begun using the technology. However, they did not mention specifically which ones they are talking about.

PlayStation Fans Express Concern Over Negative Effects

Tekken 7 stands as one of the few instances that a game's developer outright suggested that Denuvo was causing performance issues in the game.

While this is big news, perhaps the bigger issue is the concern of PlayStation fans.

The company has made it clear in its press release that its technology doesn't negatively affect in-game performance. They proudly claimed that their technology has been used across multiple gaming platforms. It has been reportedly used to protect "over 2 billion unique game installs".

Still, despite these claims, fans are still expressing concern. In particular, regarding the potential negative performance effects of Denuvo.

But while this might be a case of making much ado about nothing, it's not unwarranted.

A good example of this is when Katsuhiro Harada famously blamed Denuvo's DRM for Tekken 7's performance on the PC.

There've been multiple instances where interdependent studies have proven DRM's negative effect on games. This is despite Irdeto's claims. Such negative effects can range from anything such as longer loading times to frame rate drops. Regardless, what's been made clear multiple times before is that Denuvo's software slows things down.

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For this reason, numerous developers have made the decision to remove Denuvo's software entirely from their games. A more recent and prominent example of this is id Software, which used Denuvo-Anti-Cheat on Doom Eternal only to remove it from the game a short while later.

How Will Denuvo Affect PS5 Games Performance?

Unfortunately, we have no solid proof of whether Denuvo Anti-Cheat or Anti-Tamper will affect PS5 game performance. If so, by how much.

For now, we'll have to wait a while for us to know which games will receive Denuvo protection.

Considering that this is part of the PlayStation 5 Tools and Middleware program, it's likely that Denuvo is here to stay. This makes it unlikely for developers and publishers with PlayStation 5 games to take a similar stance with CD Projekt Red.

Lest we forget, CD Projekt Red earned themselves a lot of fans for not using anti-piracy software in The Witcher 3.

If it's any consolation though, having more games and developers use Denuvo should result in more data. This can then be used to hopefully help minimize performance issues.

Ray Ampoloquio
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