Denuvo Anti-Cheat Is Coming To A PS5 Game Near You

Denuvo isn’t exactly a popular term amongst most gamers, but there’s no denying that they’re at the forefront of anti-tamper and anti-cheat technologies. So when a developer needs something to keep their game from getting hacked, Denuvo is probably the first software they’ll turn to.

So it comes as little surprise that Denuvo and Sony are teaming up to tackle hacking and cheating. Irdeto (Denuvo’s parent company) announced today that “it has joined the exclusive PlayStation 5 Tools and Middleware program” to bring Denuvo to the next-gen platform.

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

With over 2 billion unique game installs and over 1,000 games under its protection, Denuvo not only protects games from being copied illegally but also secures “both online gameplay” and “offline progress ” (i.e. achievements).

Irdeto’s announcement made no mention of anti-tamper and stuck strictly with language about gameplay, so this likely means Denuvo’s tools will only be used to ensure online games are being played fairly. That’s good news as Denuvo has a reputation for being a performance drain in its full form. Sony almost certainly has a proprietary anti-tamper system in the PS5, so Denuvo’s anti-tamper is unnecessary.

But if you’re still concerned about Denuvo protection ruining the performance of your favorite PS5 title, remember that the PlayStation 5 has performance to spare, and also that Denuvo protection usually comes with an expiration date. Whether it’s a few months or a few years, most developers opt to stop paying Denuvo’s license fees after it becomes clear that hackers/cheaters have defeated the technology.

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