In a slightly curious move, Bungie has outlined plans to block third-party application compatibility with Destiny 2 on PC. This includes streaming and game capture tools such as OBS and XSplit, frame rate tracking using Fraps and MSI Afterburner, and even Discord voice chat overlays.

It’s all in a slightly over-the-top method to prevent players from cheating in Destiny 2. Which is odd, because every other game seems to get by just fine with third-party applications.

“To help ensure that every player will have a fair shot at fun and glory in Destiny 2 on PC, we resist attempts by third-party applications to insert code into the game client,” explains Bungie. “This may result in incompatibility between Destiny 2 PC and the features of common third-party applications.”

They’ve outlined a list of third-party applications that will be incompatible with Destiny 2 or have key functions block in order to prevent users applying cheats through these systems. This list isn’t exhaustive, and any software that relies on inserting code into the Destiny 2 game client will run into issues.

In terms of streaming and game capture, the Game Capture mode of both OBS and XSplit is not supported. If you want full-screen capture, you’ll need a hardware method such as Elgato, or you can instead use Nvidia Shadowplay or AMD ReLive. From the looks of it, OBS and XSplit can record if Destiny 2 is in Windowed mode. As well as the big two, Bungie says Dxtory, Razer Cortex and Fraps have similar restrictions.

The restrictions on voice communications aren’t quite as comprehensive, but they will still be frustrating. Discord and Mumble will not have any visual notification features or overlay while playing Destiny 2. You won’t be able to see who’s talking, or who has logged in / logged out.

Lastly, there’s hardware monitoring, which has just been flat out disabled by Bungie. You won’t be able to use EVGA Precision XOC, MSI Afterburner or Fraps. Bungie doesn’t specify whether GeForce or Radeon frame rate tracking software can be used, but if it can’t, that’s a real pain for PC players of Destiny 2.

In addition to all this, Bungie says “Third-party applications which repeatedly attempt to insert code into the Destiny 2 PC client may potentially impact game performance. If players experience decreased performance when running certain applications alongside Destiny 2, their first step should be to ensure that any features of third-party applications which could potentially be attempting to insert code into Destiny 2 are disabled. If disabling such features does not resolve the performance impact, players may wish to try closing the third-party application.” So, er, if the game runs badly, that’s because you’ve got third-party applications installed, and nothing to do with Destiny.

I’m not really aware of comprehensive restrictions like this ever being used in a PC game. A few cheats will inevitably to find a way to cheat, as they always do, and this move just makes Destiny 2 a pain to play for the average user. I mean, just how comprehensively is Bungie blocking third-party software? Can we even have a Steam overlay while playing Destiny 2? We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s not a great start.

What’s your take on Bungie blocking third-party applications? Or this just a minor nuisance or is blocking hardware monitoring software a genuine issue?

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