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

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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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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