Microsoft didn’t do an honest job of communicating the minimum system requirements it set for Windows 11. it’s botched that job so bad that it even had to tug out its utility for checking a PC’s eligibility. Some requirements, however, are already set in stone, just like the TPM 2.0 security technology that’s already present on many computers within the past five years. However, this Windows 11 system requirement might soon become typical among third-party software that will believe the cryptoprocessor for added security and anti-cheating measures.
Microsoft justifies the TPM 2.0 requirement as a key element in improving Windows 11’s security on a deep hardware level. The very fact that most PCs, particularly laptops and pre-built desktops, already have TPM 2.0 installed and enabled almost makes that requirement a given anyway. It goes alongside the need that only Intel 8th-gen processors and their AMD equivalents are officially supported.
With Windows 11 requiring TPM 2.0 right off the bat, other software developers may adopt it for their security requirements. Riot Games’ popular shooter game Valiant, for instance, was spotted as requiring TPM 2.0. However, it isn’t clear if that requirement applies to both Windows 11 or maybe Windows 10.
Valorant has started to enforce both TPM and Secure boot if YOU are playing on Windows 11 to ensure a trusted platform when playing Valorant. @RiotVanguard team yet again leading the anti-cheat industry in the right direction for competitive integrity pic.twitter.com/qgTM1yNqdA
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) September 3, 2021
That Valiant would use a TPM-based solution to implement its anti-cheat mechanism isn’t exactly out of the standard. Still, an equivalent line of thinking might be applied to anything that might require a secure unique ID of sorts. It could even be wont to implement some DRM to foil pirates.
While that wouldn’t pose a drag for eligible Windows 11 PCs, not all PCs will be ready to meet Microsoft’s minimum requirements. The corporate is even making it possible for computers that don’t meet those requirements to put Windows 11 at their own risk. That, however, doesn’t mean those are going to be ready to play their favourite Valiant if it’s missing TPM 2.0 or the other software that decides to embrace the safety module for its use.