Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to PCs earlier this week, complete with several new features and capabilities like Windows Mixed Reality, improved Boot Up Experience, ability to sync Android devices and Windows 10 PCs, ability for Cortana to display results without opening a web browser, and people integration for the taskbar. While most of the new additions are obvious, Microsoft quietly added an anti-cheat feature that could make a big difference if you’re a gamer.
Microsoft has ‘switched on’ its previously added ‘Game Monitor’ option which has been renamed “TruePlay” and promises to protect against “common” cheats in Universal Windows Platform games.
As explained by TruePlay’s MSDN page, TruePlay provides developers with a new set of tools to combat cheating within their PC games. This new feature will help the developers take better control of games and tag it as a protected process to prevent a class of common attacks. On top of that, TruePlay will watch for typical cheating behavior, and if it discovers anything amiss, it will send the collected data back to developers for potential action.
In case you’re too skeptical about your data, you can switch off ‘TruePlay’ feature as well, but turning it off won’t prevent them from launching protected games. It will, however, can limit the games you can play, stop you from accessing the parts of the game that requires it, such as multiplayer. It’s also worth noting that Windows 10 TruePlay is only available for Windows Universal Platform games. The API is available to developers of all UWP apps, but it’s not yet clear if existing games already utilize it.
The software giant first revealed the feature in a Windows 10 Insider build back in July, promising to share more information.