Intel says its Alder Lake gaming processor issues have been resolved
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DRM related issues that caused certain video games to crash or fail to load on a system with an Alder Lake processor have now been addressed by Intel.
The company has confirmed that it has addressed DRM issues for affected games running on 12th Generation Intel Core processors for Windows 11 and Windows 10.
In an update to its website, Intel said the fix came to fruition by working with both Microsoft and the game publishers. As a result, all games that were not playable on the latest Intel processors due to DRM complications have been fixed through game patches or operating system updates.
With that in mind, Intel advises those who are still having issues on an older version of Windows to run the latest version of Windows Update. Previously, Gigabyte and MSI provided tools to resolve the issue, while Intel provided a workaround for scroll lock.
Intel Alder Lake processors have received exceptional reviews, with the chips becoming one of the best processors for gaming on the market. The DRM issues that have now been fixed were therefore a concern at the time for gamers who were unable to play certain video games on their newly built or upgraded system.
These difficulties initially affected more than 90 games when Alder Lake launched in October of last year. The cause behind games that do not run properly or start at all is attributed to the hybrid architecture of Alder Lake. The 12th generation Intel chips use both high performance Golden Cove cores and energy efficient Gracemont cores.
However, games’ digital rights management (DRM) software recognized efficient cores as just another system. The most popular DRM application, Denuvo, would therefore crash games during the launch or play process. Users were also subjected to their games being unexpectedly closed.
DRM software essentially ensures that a game cannot be hacked by verifying that the title is played by the consumer who originally purchased it on their own system.
Alder Lake issues aside, the anti-piracy software has not been very well received by the gaming community and even by some developers. Denuvo can potentially cause performance issues for some video games. For example, Resident Evil Village was affected by stuttering issues. Additionally, top developers like Square Enix, Capcom, and Bethesda have all removed Denuvo from several popular titles.
Elsewhere, Intel’s upcoming Arc Alchemist graphics cards have apparently been delayed beyond their originally planned launch period in the first quarter of 2022.