Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces anti-cheat technology that sends data of cheaters to game developers

Posted 19 October 2017 18:01 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The Windows 10 Fall Creators update introduces a feature called ‘TruePlay‘ which should prevent cheating in games, reports. The technology enables game developers to identify cheaters and act upon it.

TruePlay monitors gaming sessions for patterns that could indicate cheating is taking place such as behaviors and manipulations that are common in cheating scenarios. During the monitoring process, data is collected and when TruePlay detects cheating behavior, that data is shared with the game developer. Microsoft writes about that, “these data will be collected, and alerts will be generated only when cheating behavior appears to be occurring. To ensure and protect customer privacy while preventing false positives, these data are only shared with developers after processing has determined cheating is likely to have occurred.”

Games monitored by TruePlay also run in a protected process which should prevent a set of common cheating methods. The feature only works with PC games downloaded from the Windows Store such as Forza, Cuphead and some other games developed by Microsoft. Game developers that also want to make use of the technology first approval from Microsoft.

It’s possible for users to turn off TruePlay. When they do, they can still launch TruePlay protected games but the developer might choose to limit their game experience. They can e.g. prevent users with TruePlay disabled to play multiplayer games and only allow single player scenario.

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