Destiny 2 For PC Prohibits Some Capture and Overlay Software

Some popular PC apps will be incompatible with Bungie’s upcoming shooter.

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Loads of PC gamers are waiting patiently for the Destiny 2 Beta that is scheduled for the end of this month. Once the beta goes live, many players will find that certain game capture and overlay apps will not work like they do for virtually every other PC game. In an effort to curb cheating, Bungie explains on their Destiny 2 Help Page that apps using common injection methods will be restricted from use by the game.

Specifically, Bungie names popular capture tools like OBS and Xsplit, which are very popular with game streamers and players who make recordings of their gameplay, as a couple of the apps that will be blocked from fullscreen game capture. The devs explain that using the windowed capture modes of those app will be permitted, though.

Like their game capture counterparts, many overlay apps will also be incompatible with Destiny 2. This includes popular 3rd-party voice chat app overlays used by Discord, Mumble and Teamspeak. Additionally, performance monitoring tools like the popular MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision, and Fraps will be unavailable for use with the sci-fi loot shooter.

Bungie notes that capture solutions that work at the driver level, specifically nVidia’s Shadowplay and AMD’s Relive will be supported by the Destiny 2 client.

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    August 4, 2017 8:30 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, PC Version of Destiny 2 Prohibits Some Capture and Overlay Software

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      August 4, 2017 8:34 AM

      Good luck with that.

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        August 4, 2017 8:37 AM

        Seriously. What a stupid decision.

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      August 4, 2017 9:05 AM

      It says just fullscreen capture, not sure how that's supposed to curb cheating or how capturing video helps cheating

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        August 4, 2017 9:43 AM

        Wild ass guess: It's probably getting lower level hooks that can grab intermediate buffers or something, that might make it easy for cheat software to identify players on screen.

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      August 4, 2017 9:16 AM

      Well that's fucking dumb.

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      August 4, 2017 9:27 AM

      yeah.... thats dumb as fuck.

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      August 4, 2017 9:34 AM

      Can any dev explain why full screen vs windowed matters?

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        August 4, 2017 9:45 AM

        They probably just don't have any actual ability to block it if they're not in an exclusive fullscreen mode.

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        August 4, 2017 11:32 AM

        Not that I give a shit about streaming, but curious as to the real impact and reasoning behind the decision too

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      August 4, 2017 10:05 AM

      Good news, they take cheating serious..

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      August 4, 2017 10:18 AM

      First of many dissapointments yet to come for the PC release of this game.

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        August 4, 2017 10:24 AM

        I stopped following it when it realized that there wasn't going to be cross platform support for pc. All my friends are playing on a console. Oh, well. Maybe Destiny 3 will sort it out.

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          August 4, 2017 10:31 AM

          isnt there PVP in these games? they wont ever add cross play with consoles if there is PVP.

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            August 4, 2017 11:03 AM

            Not just that, there is also weapon and encounter balance in the PVE world.

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            August 4, 2017 11:06 AM

            The only way I could see that working is to force a controller on the PC crowd, which would be suicide in terms of sales.

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          August 4, 2017 10:50 AM

          I still think they will alow not cross play but loading your character progress in the future for double dippers money

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          August 4, 2017 11:05 AM

          Did you really think they were going to let you do cross platform and let M+K mingle with the controller crowd?

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            August 4, 2017 5:37 PM

            Yes? They do for rocket league

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          August 4, 2017 5:41 PM

          expecting cross platform across consoles and PC for any game, let a alone a shooter is kinda stupid

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        August 4, 2017 11:30 AM

        Here we go, the hate begins before anyone has played it. Maybe we can get people to boycott the game completely!

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          August 4, 2017 11:35 AM

          I dunno man, it's tough to give the benefit of the doubt these days.

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            August 4, 2017 11:38 AM

            I don't get how hard it is to just download a free open beta and test it out for yourself? It is like people are already like "fuck no" and the beta (which is what all of this about) isn't even out yet. Nobody has to pay anything to test out the beta, and you can always keep your money and wait for reviews of the final game too.

            This whole "benefit of the doubt" implies a lack of choice.

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          August 4, 2017 11:36 AM

          Yep, it says Bungie and the word Destiny, that is all it takes for people to hate it.

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          August 4, 2017 12:07 PM

          I haven't made a final judgement yet, but everything I've heard about it so far has been negative. It feels almost like they're grudingly putting the game on PC, like they're doing us a favour lol.

          They want my money they have to convince me this isn't going to be a crap experience, full of random artificial barriers that plays second place to the console version.

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      August 4, 2017 10:21 AM

      no big deal you can still captured windowed

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      August 4, 2017 10:22 AM

      Haha people already know how to hook into programs using nearly undetectable methods. Blocking people from spreading interest in your game to block cheats for a day is a terrible decision.

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        August 4, 2017 10:24 AM

        Yeah, this is the same flawed logic of DRM. Only hurts/inconveniences people who weren't going to cheat anyway.

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          August 4, 2017 10:33 AM

          im pretty sure all this shit, and modern DRM is all PR. its just for investors, and those not into games/tech enough to know any better but may see something that says "ANTI CHEAT TECHNOLOGY" and have a positive reaction.

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          August 4, 2017 10:33 AM

          Boycott Ubisoft!

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            August 4, 2017 11:07 AM

            Do they make PC games? I hadn't noticed

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            August 4, 2017 11:12 AM

            until they release a new co-op Splinter Cell! then remove the boycott!!!! :D

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          August 4, 2017 11:03 AM

          and streamers that would advertise their own damn game.

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        August 4, 2017 11:54 AM

        This doesn't block people from streaming the game at all, though. You switch to window or monitor capture and go about your day.

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          August 4, 2017 12:02 PM

          Or use a streaming PC like a lot of the bigger ones do and it's not big deal.

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      August 4, 2017 10:49 AM

      Everything they announce about this game on PC just makes me not want to buy it. They really seem to not care or not understand PC gaming at all.

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        August 4, 2017 11:04 AM

        Little bit of cilumn A & B

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        August 4, 2017 12:09 PM

        I can't find it now, but I could have SWORN it was someone from Bungie who, when asked if one of their games (either a Halo sequel or Destiny) would appear on PC, responded "It's not a spreadsheet!"

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          August 4, 2017 12:10 PM

          LOL. I hope that's true. It's either a maximum level troll or a confirmation I shouldn't buy it.

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        August 4, 2017 12:27 PM

        I mean, aside for this what else has been stated that makes them not understand pc gaming? Everything else so far has looked positive in them not making a shit port.

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          August 4, 2017 12:56 PM

          Mostly the stuff about no dedicated servers. While it doesn't sound like it's going to be fully peer to peer, it definitely has some peer to peer elements going on which really sucks.

          Some of it is about them just not seeming to care too though. Like launching later than the console versions, the fact that several maps armour sets and weapons are only on PS4 and the fact that they never brought the original game ot PC.

          I could be wrong, it might end up being great. But they're doing a really bad job of selling it to me right now.

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            August 4, 2017 1:21 PM

            Aside for your first paragraph the rest is somewhat silly. Why would they have dedicated a lot of time and resources into making a PC port of the first? The delayed pc port has to do with making sure it’s ready to go. Just like the pc port of gta v. This is their first proper pc game (this is bungie, but the halo ports don’t count for a lot of reasons). I’d be somewhat upset about the ps4 exclusives, but it’s been like that from the start. It’s very little content and will not make a difference in the long run.

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              August 4, 2017 1:24 PM

              Yeah, this isn't me reviewing the final game or anything like that. It's just the vibe I'm getting.

              Frankly there are so many games released, a game that gives me even a bit of a negative vibe might well go ignored. That may lead to be me missing some otherwise good games but it's just the way it is.

              But for an MMO, feeling like the developer doesn't treat your platform equally is kind of a big deal.

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            August 4, 2017 1:33 PM

            Dedicated servers - not a problem in the first game. Not a problem here. Team sizes are so small that it doesn't make sense.

            Console version coming first - it sucks, but if it means a better pc version. I'm all for it. Plus it's only around a month. Every expansion in the future will be released at the same time on all platforms.

            Exclusive 1 map and some amor sets only on ps4 - they're not on xbox either. it's a paid exclusive by Sony. What does this actually mean though. The amor sets don't mean anything. they're purely cosmetic. The map, while it could be good, will be made available after a year. Don't know the count on the rest of the crucible maps.

            Destiny 1 not on pc - them releasing this new game on pc is LITERALLY THEM FIXING THIS PROBLEM.


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      August 4, 2017 11:00 AM

      ahahahha.

      I honestly thought crabs would have had much more snark injected into the overlay of this article.

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      August 4, 2017 11:02 AM

      Bungie going to Activision was such a bummer

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      August 4, 2017 12:29 PM

      no third party voice comms sucks ASS

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        August 4, 2017 12:33 PM

        voice comms will work just not the overlay

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        August 4, 2017 12:38 PM

        The comms will work. The overlays wont.

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      August 4, 2017 5:48 PM

      If it is awesome when it comes out I will laugh at all of you. If it sucks when it comes out I will just keep playing on Xbone.