On July 4, a video was released on YouTube that revealed a new cheat that guarantees to work on “any” platform, including consoles.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the next generation of cheating now available on console, and has been for a while but lately its been becoming more popular and more of a trend, consoles are no longer a safe space to play your games legit anymore pic.twitter.com/iEQzPVFf1h
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) July 5, 2021
The latest cheat program has the typical anti-competitive highlights like auto-aim, auto-lock on, and the capacity to detect which weapon a player is using to automatically decrease recoil. The hack is shown with the Call of Duty franchise, but its creator says it will work for any game on any platform and ensures developers’ won’t know about the software.
The hack looks like a sophisticated program, allegedly helped by machine learning, that takes gameplay video from a console via network streaming or capture card and fills it into a nearby computer which then presents information the cheater can use.
Cheating is a huge problem in multiplayer games. In February, Activision banned more than 60,000 accounts assumed of cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone and vowed to increase its detection capabilities to additional fight the threat. Other companies have taken a more innovative approach to the problem like People Can Fly’s decision to isolate cheaters within their own matchmaking lobbies so all cheaters can play themselves.
While cheating takes place on PC, new technology enables illicit hacks, like this one, to proliferate on consoles as well. Even mobile gaming has a cheating angle in them. PUBG Mobile last week banned 3.8 million players for character modding, x-ray vision hacks, and a lot more.
From the random donations and subscription fees, cheat makers can rake in millions of dollars in income to support lavish lifestyles. In March, the BBC reported that Chinese authorities arrested what it called the “world’s biggest” cheating ring that brings in sums of $76 million dollars. Through the huge size of its international player base, Tencent-owned PUBG and PUBG Mobile seem to be the most important target for game cheaters.