Monday, October 16th 2017

Microsoft to Roll-out Anti-cheating Tech with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

With its upcoming "Fall Creators Update" for Windows 10, Microsoft is preparing to roll out its own game anti-cheating platform, under two new technologies, TruePlay and Game Monitor. TruePlay provides a "new set of tools to combat cheating within their PC games," according to Microsoft. This is similar to VAC (Valve Anti-Cheating). From the looks of it, the TruePlay API is limited to games built for the UWP (Universal Windows Platform), such as recent additions to the Forza franchise. Game Monitor is another side of this coin. When enabled, the operating system shares system information with games to weed out cheating tools such as aimbots. Enabling it could soon become a requirement of certain online multiplayer games.

Games with TruePlay run in a "protected" (read: sandboxed) process, which mitigates a class of common cheating tools, as the game's real PID is never exposed to other processes. A separate Windows process will be on constant lookout for behaviors and manipulations that are common in cheating scenarios. Data (read: telemetry) of this process will be shared with game developers after determining that cheating could have occurred. The "Fall Creators Update" for Windows 10 is likely to be released before December.

Sources: MSDN, Overclock.net Forums
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16 Comments on Microsoft to Roll-out Anti-cheating Tech with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

#1
RejZoR
Since I really don't like anything (especially games) UWP, except few video apps, I don't think this will be of much benefit.
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#2
Melvis
Who uses the Windows game store (UWP) anyway? its horribly expensive.
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#3
Dj-ElectriC
OOH, a monitoring software from microsoft. sounds fun. Better install it on my wintor 10 OS
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#4
BorgOvermind
Gaming PCs will end-up with so much anti-cheating and DRM junk you won't be able to edit a text file anymore.

Melvis said:
Who uses the Windows game store (UWP) anyway? its horribly expensive.
There is no store, there's only steam :D
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#5
Manu_PT
BorgOvermind said:
Gaming PCs will end-up with so much anti-cheating and DRM junk you won't be able to edit a text file anymore.



There is no store, there's only steam :D
So true man, is disgusting really, I already have to disable dozens of services on W10 for maximum performance in games
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
Next lag due to crappy anti cheat crap, another reason to not buy from the windows store, well done MS.
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#7
Prince Valiant
Stuff like this never stops the most determined of online cheating scuzz. All it does is cause trouble for folks that only cheat for fun and wouldn't cheat in MP.

BorgOvermind said:
Gaming PCs will end-up with so much anti-cheating and DRM junk you won't be able to edit a text file anymore.

There is no store, there's only steam :D
Sadly true for the most part.

AsRock said:
Next lag due to crappy anti cheat crap, another reason to not buy from the windows store, well done MS.
I don't think it matters how they run it. Valve has it's tentacles so tightly wrapped around the Steam userbase that most of them will brush off the same faults in Steam as the ones they go ape about in other platforms.
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#8
xorbe
It's morphing from OS to gaming platform.
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
xorbe said:
It's morphing from OS to gaming platform.
Windows was a gaming platform decades ago.

If this Anti-cheating tech is only working with M$ made games from their game store then its a waste of time
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#10
MrGenius
btarunr said:
The "Fall Creators Update" for Windows 10 is likely to be released before December.
Yep. Officially tomorrow(10/17) in fact. ;)
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#11
lexluthermiester
RejZoR said:
Since I really don't like anything (especially games) UWP, except few video apps, I don't think this will be of much benefit.
Not to mention that like everything else MS does, it'll be cracked within hours, if not days, of release. When will they learn that they can not beat hackers/crackers?
Melvis said:
Who uses the Windows game store (UWP) anyway? its horribly expensive.
Right? The Windows/Microsoft Store is crap. No one I know uses it or ever has. And no one wants to. Windows is not a mobile platform. And no one wants it to be.
BorgOvermind said:
Gaming PCs will end-up with so much anti-cheating and DRM junk you won't be able to edit a text file anymore.
Perish the thought..
BorgOvermind said:
There is no store, there's only steam :D
Steam what?
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#13
mab1376
well that sucks, i like to use mods on tons of games and trainers on a second play through for fun.
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#14
StrayKAT
Melvis said:
Who uses the Windows game store (UWP) anyway? its horribly expensive.
Sometimes it's got exclusives. Forza and Gears of War, for one. edit: For two, rather ;)
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#15
R-T-B
FreedomEclipse said:
Windows was a gaming platform decades ago.

If this Anti-cheating tech is only working with M$ made games from their game store then its a waste of time
Yeah, well at least they were nice enough to provide an "off" switch. I think I'll be using it.
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xorbe
mab1376 said:
well that sucks, i like to use mods on tons of games and trainers on a second play through for fun.
Borderlands + Willow save editor = tons of fun
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