Valorant Upgrades Vanguard Anti-Cheat System

Published 05/09/2020, 10:31 AM EDT


Valorant will now have an inevitable change to their controversial anti-cheat system. Vanguard used to turn off all the drivers due to its advanced, and little over-cautious kernel debugger. However, Riot just released a fix for Vanguard, which will automatically sort itself out with the driver additions. Essentially, it will not switch off the game or ban you for plugging in your USB or mouse.

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Thanks to a timely report from Polygon, we now know what the hotfix will do. Valorant took the world by a storm of surprise. The closed-beta version from Riot Games certainly knew how to steal the viewership away literally. Not long ago, Valorant crossed the viewership of Fortnite, which is no mean feat when it comes to a popular Battle Royale game like Fortnite. When it came out, the gaming community split apart by the question – will this kill CS:GO? However, now, the community is confused if this game’s defense mechanism is too invasive in nature.

Valorant Safety Features Criticized

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Paul Chamberlain took to Twitter with the news about the hotfix. Now coming to the worst thing about the game – that has to do a lot with the safety features. Valorant is aiming to be the first game without any cheating. Now to implement that, it needs several fail safes and safety measures; they tried their best with it, but the community remained dissatisfied. 

 

Vanguard is the anti-cheat system of Valorant. There comes the worst part of Valorant, the anti-cheat system. The VGK.SYS is a kernel-level debugger that runs as soon as the Windows pop up. This is one of the primary problems this game has got criticism for. Nevertheless, the current update recommends that plugging in your USB will not mark a threat for Vanguard.

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Vanguard Before vs. Vanguard Now

Previously Vanguard would have just reacted to the additional USB driver by kicking the player out. Sometimes players wouldn’t be able to restart the game. From mobile phones to mouse, to even other cooling drivers, Vanguard did not differentiate. The latest update changes all that. 

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Vanguard would now smartly read these drivers. Compatibility with additional drivers gives it the edge to differentiate between threats. “Some egregious ones will cause the game not to start, but now very few will be blocked outright.” This Tweet clearly tells us that some drivers will need manual removal. We have to wait and watch whether this fix fixes all the driver problems due to the anti-cheat. 

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