It Turns Out Microsoft Can’t Disable Pirated Games on Windows 10

It Turns Out Microsoft Can’t Disable Pirated Games on Windows 10

Earlier today, a news story was making the rounds, on an update of the Microsoft Service Agreement, which appeared to indicate that Microsoft could disable pirated or counterfeit software used on a machine running Windows 10.

According to the recently updated Microsoft Services Agreement—covering Xbox Live, and Xbox and Windows Games published by Microsoft—Microsoft can now disable pirated games from your computer. The clause can be found under section 7b, “Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms.” It reads:

“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”

The clause was spotted by Alphr, and would suggest that Microsoft will disable pirated first-party games. The EULA also mentions “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices,” which is a much more fuzzy description. Is it controllers that have been specifically hacked to enable an unfair advantage, or something much broader?

It’s worth clarifying that this isn’t a full hunt for all desktop software. Microsoft’s Services Agreement doesn’t cover Steam itself, or any other third-party desktop apps you have on your computer. It does, however, include all Xbox and Windows Games published by Microsoft.

Microsoft wants us to think they’re newly recommitted to PC gaming—recently announcing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Halo Wars 2 as titles coming to Windows 10. I wouldn’t be surprised to see—at the very least—all of their future games making use of this OS-level piracy scan.

Source : PCgamer

However, it has since been pointed out to us that this claim is false; the agreement in question only pertains to services provided to you directly from Microsoft, and does not apply to Windows 10. This means that while the company can block your access to services such as Bing or Xbox Live, it cannot remotely disable a copy of a third-party software installed on your hard drive.