Denuvo reveals Switch Emulator Protection to fight piracy
Setting sail for Switch pirates
Plenty of gamers on PC are familiar with Denuvo, an anti-tamper technology and digital rights management (DRM) scheme developed by Austrian software company Denuvo Software Solutions GmbH. Denuvo has been rather troublesome for PC players, as the software has caused conflicts with how games run, how PCs operate overall, and more. Now the Denuvo team is working on something that aims to crack down on Switch game piracy.
Denuvo is currently crafting Switch Emulator Protection, which is meant to deal a blow to Switch game piracy on the PC. This new software is supposed to block unauthorized emulation of Switch games on PC, yet allow legit copies of a game to be played on Switch without issue.
Denuvo claims their efforts will “integrate seamlessly into the build toolchain with no impact on the gaming experience.” Of course, those who have dealt with Denuvo on PC are wary of that statement, as the protection software has caused more than its fair share of hiccups for those who purchase legitimate copies of games. Let’s hope they perfect their Switch software before launch.
To put it frankly, anything that people who pirate games are against, I am for. Hope it works, and really is un-intrusive to other users.
Don't hold your breath. DRM schemes always inconvenience innocent parties while allowing malicious parties to work around them eventually. By definition, even a perfectly implemented DRM scheme will use additional processing that could have otherwise been used to improve the actual game that paying customers actually paid for.
not a Denuvo fan in general, but honestly i'm kinda glad someones doing SOMETHING. It's really gotten out of hand when you have sites like Kotaku advertising how good brand new (at the time) games like Metroid Dread run an emulator.
Oh I’m sure having notorious performance hogging Denuvo in games won’t impact legit players and won’t be circumvented in minutes by emulator users.