Valorant has had numerous controversies since its release, some of those relating to the high prices for its in-game cosmetic items, but the chief of them has to be the enforcing of the game’s Vanguard anti-cheat system. Vanguard is an always active Anti-Cheat that’s installed on your PC alongside Valorant. It is an incredibly effective system that manages to snuff out hackers with little trouble and attributes to the impressively low amount of cheaters present in Valorant. While this is undoubtedly a good thing it also comes with its own caveat as the Anti-Cheat is not only running on your PC at all times but also has Kernel Level access on your PC, which means that potentially all your data can be read by Riot Games. One thing to keep in mind is that Valorant itself is very buggy, and combined with Vanguard, they both cause an immense amount of instability and Valorant Crashes.
In spite of the controversy surrounding Vanguard, Valorant has largely been an overwhelming success for Riot Games with players all over the world playing it extensively. The game has even gone as far as to become another huge esports success, something that the game was intended to be from its inception.
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Recently though, it has emerged that with the upcoming release of Windows 11, many users have been able to get their hands on a working preview build. Windows 11 happens to require a security feature called TPM 2.0 which protects the OS from Firmware attacks. It also happens that present Windows 11 users have discovered that Vanguard’s latest build also requires TPM 2.0, as Valorant simply refuses to run for Windows 11 users that try to bypass Windows 11’s TPM 2.0 requirement. This is a pretty big deal as it could very well be a common implementation in multiplayer games in the future considering that TPM 2.0 also works very well in preventing cheaters online.
Windows 11 publicly launches next month with a host of new improvements and features, the OS is supposedly also geared around a newfound focus on improving the gaming experience for a lot of PC players.
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