If you’re a fan of older disc-based games with the two notorious DRM measures, Windows 10 might not be for you.
Microsoft’s Boris Schneider-Johne was interviewed at Gamescom by Rocket Beans TV about Windows 10 over almost three-quarters of an hour. It’s in German, but Rock Paper Shotgun has a translation that might be a bit of a red flag for some people.
“Everything that ran in Windows 7 should also run in Windows 10. There are just two silly exceptions: antivirus software and stuff that’s deeply embedded into the system needs updating – but the developers are on it already – and then there are old games on CD-Rom that have DRM,” the translated quote, which was provided to RPS from readers, says.
Schneider-Johne reportedly adds that the antiquated DRM systems are “deeply embedded” and Windows 10 would never permit such software. “That’s where Windows 10 says ‘sorry, we cannot allow that, because that would be a possible loophole for computer viruses.'”
There is more information about how Safedisc DRM is affected as well — namely that it’s not and probably won’t be supported whatsoever. If you’re a fan of older games that rely on these ancient methods, the developer will have to patch the game or supply a workaround. RPS also has some suggestions on homebrew solutions if you want to go down that path.