Microsoft Grants Windows 10 the Power to Remotely Disable Pirated Games

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft has fiddled with the wording of the wall of impenetrable text that literally no one reads and is known as the End User Licence Agreement for Windows 10, adding a few paragraphs that deal with the issue of counterfeit software detection.

The specific new terms say that Windows 10 may now: "...automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices."

Which sounds very much like Microsoft has given Windows 10 the ability to remotely shutdown any unsigned hardware or software, no doubt designed to keep its Xbox controller team happy and give publishers of PC titles an incentive to launch their titles through its games divisions. Plus Windows 10 is also a mobile OS now too, meaning phone apps could also find themselves auto-deleted should weak-willed consumers take the cheap option of installing pirated versions of software.

Activating and using this feature would certainly kick off an almighty storm among Windows 10 users should Microsoft actually go ahead with it and start locking hardware and software without warning, though, but then again, who's really going to be sad about pirates losing access to their illegally hoarded stuff? [Alphr]