Intel’s Alder Lake launch is just around the corner and it’s not a stretch to say that enthusiasts are giddy with excitement, especially if they’re planning on upgrading their desktop systems to the 12th generation processors, at least for a more optimal gaming experience. However, Intel has cautioned that some games may not run as smoothly off the bat.
Based on an Intel FAQ, the chipmaker says that some games may require an update from their developers, specifically with regards to their Data Relationship Management (DRM) middleware. The problem supposedly lies in the way the new Hybrid architecture of the Alder Lake lineup works, especially with the way their Efficiency Cores (E-Cores) work.
The good news is that, despite the seemingly insidious tone, the issue actually isn’t as bad as it sounds. As it stands, Intel says that it is already working with several DRM developers to create and distribute the relevant updates needed for games to run optimally on Alder Lake CPUs. Moreover, many existing games tend to have their DRM removed by developers after they are cracked, while some game just don’t ship out with a DRMs entirely.
That said, there is the scenario where some games with poorly maintained DRMs will be incompatible with Alder Lake, and players who still play said games may have no choice but to convince their respective developers to update their games or risk being left behind.
In any case, Intel has already published a developer’s guide on the issue, but there’s no indication the chipmaker will be consistent with its support in helping developers optimise all future games for Alder Lake.