Denuvo, one of the PC gaming's favorite whipping boys, took another hit today with the release of Devil May Cry 5. Whenever a new game ships with the anti-piracy tech, there’s usually a race to hack through it as quickly as possible. In Devil May Cry 5’s case however, Capcom may have accidentally left a DRM-free version in its Steam code already, and players who use it to play Devil May Cry 5 without DRM are claiming big boosts to FPS.
One Steam user named Cloud published a guide on the Devil May Cry 5 Steam forums about how to play Capcom's latest action game without DRM. Hackers usually need some time to "crack" or break Denuvo, but in this case, a DRM free version of Devil May Cry 5 ended up being available through Steam by accident.
According to Cloud, anyone who purchased Devil May Cry 5 legally through Steam should be able to search for a Denuvo free version of Devil May Cry 5 through the Steam console. Apparently, a QA version without DRM was left available on a public branch of Steam. Capcom later removed the branch with the DRM-free copy, but players had already discovered the branch, and could manually search for it in Steam’s history.
Players who run Devil May Cry 5 without Denuvo report seeing a bump in performance by as much as 20 FPS. Cloud published a screenshot comparing the performance on both a DRM and DRM-free version of Devil May Cry 5 and you can see the performance bump from 74 FPS to 93 FPS.
As noted in the Steam thread, players with high-end PC rigs might not need to bypass Denuvo to hit top performance numbers in Devil May Cry 5. But Denuvo does that a hit on a computer's CPU and clearing that up removes any bottlenecks to achieving better performance graphically.
Whenever a new game comes out with Denuvo it usually doesn't take long for hackers to crack the anti-piracy tech. Depending on the game, it takes about a month or two before Denuvo is cracked. But publishers say that those months of non-piracy are crucial to a game's sales.
Denuvo has also been criticized in the past by gamers who allege the software affects a game's performance or usability. But even with these arguments Denuvo is not keen to see hackers speedily excise games of its software. In 2018, Denuvo filed a lawsuit against a prominent hacker named Voksi and shut down their hacker group REVOLT, one of the biggest DRM cracking groups online.