Intel Alder Lake CPUs might struggle to play games with DRM like Denuvo

October 27, the day of Intel Innovation, is fast approaching and with it should come the official reveal event for Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake processors. While team blue’s 12th generation chips will likely rank among the best gaming CPUs when they’re finally released, the company has warned that its new microarchitecture’s hybrid core design could be incompatible with some DRM software like Denuvo.

In an Alder Lake developer guide, as highlighted by Gamer’s Gospel, Intel advises developers to “design [their] software with hybrid architectures (such as Alder Lake) in mind.” It elaborates further on potential incompatibilities with DRM by suggesting affected parties contact their provider and confirm whether its digital rights management solution supports hybrid architectures.

“Intel is working with leading DRM providers such as Denuvo to make sure their solutions support new platforms”, the company states in the developer guide. While it’s good to see Intel being transparent about this potential issue, the extent of this potential incompatibility and how quickly it can be addressed post-launch remains to be seen.

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