Microsoft TruePlay anti-cheat system arrives on Windows 10

We reported that Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update had started to rollout earlier this week. However, amongst the new gaming technologies listed one interesting new development wasn’t touched upon. Alongside the OS update, Microsoft has implemented a new anti-cheat system, dubbed TruePlay.

To recap, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update included games technologies such as Game Mode, Mixer broadcasting, new help options, and greater hardware monitoring detail in Task Manager.

“A game enrolled in TruePlay will run in a protected process, which mitigates a class of common attacks,” explains Microsoft. “Additionally, a Windows service will monitor gaming sessions for behaviours and manipulations that are common in cheating scenarios.”

Following paragraphs describing TruePlay describe data collection and alerts – but only when cheating behaviour is detected. Microsoft further assures that false positives won’t trigger data to be shared with developers until further processing determines cheating has likely occurred.

Microsoft adds that TruePlay is not a ‘block on launch’ experience so users that haven’t opted into TruePlay can still launch protected games. It is up to developers to decide which gaming features are allowed out of the TruePlay cheat protection system within their games/apps.

If interested, you can read much more about TruePlay implementation and functions on the dedicated MSDN site, with examples showing the usage of the API and so on.