Capcom Leaves DRM-Free Version of Devil May Cry 5 on Steam, With Big FPS Boosts the Result

A happy accident.

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.

You can read our complete Devil May Cry 5 coverage over at our Devil May Cry 5 guides hub. And check out our Devil May Cry 5 review for our take on Nero's latest rampage through hell.

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