A couple of days ago, Intel published a developer guide focusing on its CPUs Intel Core Twelfth Generation (Alder Lake), where a lot of information has been confirmed, such as the presence of laptop CPUs Up to 14 cores (6x P-Core + 8x E-Cores), while most base models, those with lower consumption, will offer configurations for Up to 10 cores (2x P-Core + 8x E-Core).
The detail that later became known is that These hybrid CPUs will not do well with older games that use DRM solutions Like Denuvo, it must be updated to support the design of these CPUs.
Intel confirmed in the document that Alder Lake will encounter compatibility issues with DRM solutions Unless the seller releases a special update for the protection concerned. Hence, game developers who have implemented DRM in their games will have to do the same.
“If your current or future game uses a DRM middleware, you may want to contact the middleware vendor and confirm that it supports hybrid architectures in general, and the upcoming Intel Alder Lake platform in particular. Due to the nature of modern DRM algorithms, you can use CPU detection, and should Be aware of upcoming hybrid platforms. Intel is working with major DRM vendors, such as Denuvo, to ensure their solutions are compatible with the new platforms.”
Intel specifically mentioned Denuvo . algorithm, but other protections, such as VMProtect o SecuROMThey will also need an update. Some games, such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins, have multiple layers of protection, which will likely require multiple updates.
It shouldn’t be a big deal for modern games, as everything was clearly optimized before Alder Lake launched. The problem appears in the case of old titles that are two years old They may not get any updates, which means it will not be playable on systems with Alder Lake CPUs. It should also be noted that the normal thing in the industry is that It will end up removing DRM, not to upgrade, once it achieves its initial goal of preventing piracy during launch.
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