Due to security risks, Bungie recently revealed Destiny 2‘s PC players would be unable to use certain third-party applications to their full capabilities, primarily those meant for game capture and frame rate monitoring. Thankfully, the team has confirmed an in-game system will instead support the blocked features.
In the latest update from Bungie’s Destiny 2 blog, the team revealed the PC build will include an in-game FPS counter, which was one of the security blocked features players were worried would harm the third-party streaming experience. Additionally, there will also be the ability to specify a frame rate upper-limit through a configuration file, giving more control to streamers.
The original news explained that while game capture programs like OBS and XSplit will be available to use outside of full-screen mode, all third-party applications’ overlay UI’s, such as frame rate monitors, will not be visible in the footage, including Discord, Mumble, EVGA Precision XOC, MSi Afterburner, and Fraps. Of course, the programs themselves will still be usable, just without the overlay features.
Still, fans were confused about why overlay UI’s would be blocked. Bungie explained the use of third-party capture systems were included in the security package because of how most insert code into the game to work, which is the same method hackers use to corrupt the game. “As a part of our security efforts, we have designed Destiny 2 for PC to resist all attempts from external applications to insert code into the game client,” said Bungie. “It is a high priority for us to ensure that Destiny 2 is a safe and fair experience for all players, on all platforms.”
As part of the ongoing evolution of the game, Bungie and Activision have taken feedback from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One beta to make updates for the upcoming August 29th (August 28th for pre-orders) PC beta launch. Several glitches have been remedied, while matchmaking for Quickplay and Competitive battles has been tweaked to shorten wait times and create varied experiences for players.
When not working on in-game details, it seems Bungie and Activision have been extending the Destiny 2 brand through third-party promotional deals, including the most recent leak of an exclusive sparrow only available as part of a very exclusive tie-in.
Destiny 2 is set to launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6th, with the PC version to arrive October 24th.
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