PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds blocks players from using Reshade with its latest patch

    
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The latest patch for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is supposedly focused around improving Miramar with more cover and more stuff to discover, making it a more engaging experience to shoot at people there. That’s all well and good, but the more salient change is another form of anti-cheat software being rolled out that completely blocks the popular Reshade application.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it, Reshade is a program meant to add additional specialized shaders to a game’s engine in the hopes of providing a better graphical experience. Some players argue that using it already gives you an edge by making it easier to see other players, others point out that it can be used as a piggybacking platform for cheating tools, and still others argue that it’s seriously just a program to improve the game’s graphics. You won’t get banned for using it, so that’s good, but that’s a bit of an academic point since it’s being blocked altogether.

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Schmidt.Capela

Some players argue that using it already gives you an edge by making it easier to see other players,

Some TVs and monitors implement similar post-processing techniques, not to mention NVidia’s Freestyle feature. Going after ReShade just for this is ineffective.

others point out that it can be used as a piggybacking platform for cheating tools,

I don’t think this is true; ReShade is explicitly made to prevent cheating, to the point it disables some effects (anything that uses the depth buffer) if it detects it’s running inside a multiplayer game.

The same techniques used by ReShade can be readily used by cheats, of course, which is likely where this block comes from. Though those techniques are just the delivery mechanism; there are other ways to add the exact same cheats into the game. Blocking the way ReShade works without internally blocking the cheats themselves is foolish, and if you are blocking the cheats themselves you don’t need to block ReShade.

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April-Rain

I totally agree with this, on a single player game then fill your boots with reshade but on a competitive multiplayer everyone should be on a level playing field and playing the same game!

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Yangers

But every one has different rigs, different graphics cards, and I’m assuming the games has graphics sliders?

Everyone is already playing different looking versions of the same game.

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nobleeinherjar

As much as I don’t consider myself a PC elitist, I use ReShade with practically every PC game because without it, games look seriously dull and washed out by comparison. If there is a legit reason, I want to know, but I seriously wonder why devs don’t implement some form of it themselves.

If you ask me, PUBG has much bigger problems it should be solving than banning ReShade.

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Jeremy Barnes

I can’t decide which stupid drama I’m more tired of seeing…Archage or PubG

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Melissa McDonald

you must skip the Star Citizen articles…

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Bruno Brito

Nothing boring about SC drama.

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Rumm

I like the part of the video where they completely missed every single shot and everything still died. Neat gunplay that.

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Jordan Magnuson

I suppose you could use it and adjust to help see enemies etc right? Most people use vibrancegui for that though so idk. Either way, I don’t see as a reason to ban it.

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BalsBigBrother

I have use reshade a lot in the games I play and it can seriously improve the visuals by a pretty large margin. Never really had any problems with it personally other than me pushing the bling too far my computer.

No idea why pubg would block it then again I don’t play pubg either so I am not really fussed to be honest. /shrugs

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BDJ

Are you really asking why they would block it? Seriously?

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Dug From The Earth

The only reason to block something like Reshade, is ignorance or arrogance, or both.

In PubG’s case, im thinking its arrogance. They seem to get really pissy when people mention how bad the graphics and engine are.

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BDJ

That’s irrelevant to the question. They are blocking it because its a must have in most cases. It theoretically could give an unfair advantage.

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Dug From The Earth

do explain….

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BDJ

I did explain. Higher fidelity CAN give you an unfair competitive advantage. There are times when it can hurt them as well. Like CS players playing on lower graphics and 800 x 600 resolution. Back in the day lower graphics meant you could see through smoke. It works the same with higher fidelity. Easier to see opponents due to being able to better distinguish between foreground (character) and background (fauna, similar shaded background textures).

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Dug From The Earth

wonder if they are gonna ban Nvidia cards then too, the latest version of the nvidia drivers, have their own reshade like functionality, that produces a very similar result

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BDJ

Now you are being purposefully obtuse and difficult.

This is a 3rd party program. A LOT of companies ban 3rd party programs.

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Dug From The Earth

But wait, you said it made sense to ban because of the unfair advantage it gave players that used it.

There is nothing obtuse about my statement. Just logic. If nvidia drivers can do the SAME thing, then shouldnt the problem of unfairness still exist?

One reddit post has a guy stating “5 minutes after the patch and reshade no longer working, I just used the new tool in the nvidia drivers to set my game visuals to the same that reshade had”

I guarantee you that more people have the nvidia software running on their PCs than reshade… so it doesnt look like this “unfair advantage” aspect of tweaking the games colors and contrasts is something that is solved by banning the use of Reshade.

Yes… its a “difficult” problem for the devs to solve.. but that doesnt mean its one that they should ignore because of it.

And for the unaware:

PSA: NVIDIA’s latest GPU driver and GeForce Experience introduces Freestyle (beta), a real-time post-processing filter similar to Reshade from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

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StonerMk2

Yeah this thing right here is awesome. Have only messed with it a little bit but not having to mess with different programs and dig into files to change things is a big plus imo. Honestly though banning ReShade because i theoretically *could* (myth?) be used to cheat is pretty damn dumb. I can bet only a very, very small number of people are using ReShade in that manner and i still find it very hard to believe that pumping up the visuals in a game would give you any kind of advantage over anyone. Now running the game on low settings, sure because you eliminate a lot of graphical features, but increased visuals? Nah man, your looking for Big Foot.

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kgptzac

It’s ludicrous to compare to nvidia software (which is technically stuff that supports the hardware) to much less known 3rd party add-on software. I don’t play pubg but i heard it has serious cheating problem, so the devs are probably just doing their jobs.

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Bruno Brito

Of course Higher fidelity gives you an unfair advantage. That’s why in real life, you get glasses.

But banning a program to make your game not look like digital turd, because you can’t be assed to fix the visual engine of it is pretty stupid. Specially when a graphic card can do the same.

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rafael12104

I’m asking, BDJ. Seriously. I’ve played PUBG quite a bit and to be honest, I can’t think of one occasion where I thought I was unfairly fragged, suspected an aimbot or thought that my opponents visual acuity was suspect.

I thought the problem with reshade was that it allowed a cheater to inject packets, and modify the client. Is that not the real problem?

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Necromonger

Yeah, as you know on PC we all have diffrent hardware.

So banning Reshade should come with paring similar hardware to similar hardware then right ? unfair advantage and all ?

140/200hz monitors ? hello ?

Its not fair that a guy with a 960 is paired with a guy who has 2x Titans.

I mean thats your way of thinking right ?

Oh and also No AMD vs Nvidia as Nvidia has a similar Reshade function.

You see where iam going with this ?

I mean dude its a damn Reshade, used for every game out there on PC and even emulators.

If you start crying about Reshade then god damn dude…..there are much worse things to cry about when it comes to unfair advantages but hey who gives a shait as thats how it is on the PC Platform.

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Melissa McDonald

Blinks… didn’t know there were 3rd party apps that increased graphical fidelity of games. I wonder what all games it supports… and is it worth it… ?

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Dug From The Earth

Used to go by a different name… SweetFX. Maybe thats more familiar?

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Melissa McDonald

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