Resident Evil Village: video comparison demonstrates the performance problems caused by Denuvo

Resident Evil Village: video comparison demonstrates the performance problems caused by Denuvo

Resident Evil Village

The YouTube channel KyoKat PC Gameplay has published a video comparison between the DRM-free version and the one with Denuvo of Resident Evil Village, obviously on PC. The video shows unequivocally how the DRM version has major performance problems, with sudden framerate collapses.

In both cases, Resident Evil Village was tested on the same system: an Acer Aspire GX- 783-BR13 with Intel Core i7 7700 @ 3.60GHz (Kaby Lake), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 (PNY) and 16GB of ram. An SSD was used for the installation.

The youtuber has set the game at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with equlibrate graphics settings and FPS unlocked.

In short, it seems that the performance problems actually stem from Denuvo, which is really serious as they are very annoying in some circumstances. This could also be the reason why Capcom has not updated the game on PC anymore: doing so may be useless, at least as long as the protection is active.

To find out more about the game, we invite you to read our review by Resident Evil Village.

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Video game hackers claim Denuvo and DRM to blame for ‘Resident Evil Village’ PC stutters

PC gamers playing Resident Evil Village have long struggled with performance issues including major stuttering, which hackers allege are being caused by Capcom‘s own DRM software.

After allegations from a notable member in the video game cracking community that Capcom’s DRM software was causing significant stuttering issues on PC versions, DSOG are reporting that they also believe this to be the case after testing.

The site alleges that despite dealing with stuttering problems during their initial performance analysis, they have not encountered the same issues once during hours of playtime on a cracked version of Resident Evil Village.

A hacker responsible for cracking Resident Evil Village has explained:

“All in-game shutters like the one from when you kill a zombie are fixed because Capcom DRM’s entry points are patched out so most of their functions are never executed anymore. This results in a much smoother game experience.”

Resident Evil VillageResident Evil Village. Credit: Capcom

They also allege that Capcom’s own DRM was “fully obfuscated” in Denuvo’s VM, making the game run even slower. Following up, they “urge no one accepts this”.

These issues have been reported frequently by those playing Resident Evil Village on PC, with players reporting that there was still no fix within the last month.

Denuvo has been the subject of significant controversy in the PC gaming community, as many reports in the past – including an article by ExtremeTech – has accused the anti-piracy software of negatively affecting the performance of games in the past.

Earlier in the year, games such as Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Monster Hunter: World made the news for dropping the DRM software from their files.

In other news, The Witcher 3 will be receiving free DLC inspired by the Netflix TV series.