Destiny 2’s PC version will, in fact, support third-party streaming and communications applications. Additionally, the game will also include an FPS counter, frame rate target options, and support for hardware monitoring software.
Bungie confirmed these details in an official blog post, following up on a previous article which outlined Destiny 2’s restrictions on third party applications, and what players should expect from the upcoming PC beta.
Bungie’s previous post left many players thinking that third-party streaming and communication applications would not be supported by Destiny 2 in any shape or form. This latest post confirms that this is certainly not the case, and also gives us a bit of insight into the development team’s reasoning behind the restrictions.
Are third-party streaming and communications applications completely broken by this security feature?
No. Players may stream Destiny 2 PC using supported modes within the streaming software (e.g. OBS, XSplit, etc). Communication applications such as Discord and Mumble will work normally except for the overlay of their UI in the game.
Why are streaming, capture or overlay applications being impacted by these security measures?
The methods that some third-party applications use to add features (inserting code into the game client) are the same as some of the methods hackers and cheaters use to disrupt the experience of other players. As a part of our security efforts, we have designed Destiny 2 for PC to resist all attempts from external applications to insert code into the game client.
It is a high priority for us to ensure that Destiny 2 is a safe and fair experience for all players, on all platforms. We remain committed to creating a positive and fair in-game experience in all of our products, and believe that this is a necessary measure in bringing you a great gaming experience in Destiny 2 on PC.
Will these security measures only impact third party applications during the Destiny 2 PC Beta?
No, this will apply to both the Destiny 2 PC Beta and full Destiny 2 PC release on October 24.
Bungie also clarifies what popular PC settings and options Destiny 2 supports.
How will players monitor FPS performance during gameplay?
Destiny 2 on PC will include an in-game FPS counter.
How will players be able to monitor hardware performance?
Hardware performance monitors will be able to function alongside Destiny 2 PC, but any form of overlay functionality will be restricted.
Will Destiny 2 on PC include a frame rate target option?
Yes, Destiny 2 on PC will include the ability to specify a frame rate upper-limit (via a config file).
All of this is great news for PC players, meaning everyone can use popular communications applications (like Discord) and monitor how their rig copes with all of the action on screen.
It’s of even greater significance to streamers and content creators who will, in fact, have a way of getting Destiny 2 gameplay out there to audiences after a;;/
These restrictions are completely justifiable, and it’s great move by Bungie to really crack down on potential cheaters in Destiny 2 - especially as many other games on PC suffer from the problem.
Destiny 2's PC beta begins on 28th August for those who pre-ordered the game and the 29th of August for everyone else. It ends in all cases on the 31st of August 2017, which is around a couple of months before the PC launch on 24th October.