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Vista compatibility issues loom?

Starforce controversy resurfaces

Interesting news for PC gamers today, as 1UP.com reports on an ExtremeTech investigation into Windows Vista, which will apparently spearhead the future of PC gaming alongside Live Anywhere, if you believe Microsoft's hyperbole. As Windows Vista enters beta two stage, and grows ever nearer to our desktops, ExtremeTech tested a number of games on the platform, finding that most (World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2 and Oblivion) worked well on their test system.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, however, didn't work, and it turns out that the Starforce copy protection which was a part of Ubisoft titles until a few months ago actually clashes with Vista to the extent that the game won't run. Will Vista take issue with other copy protection software? If so, games publishers and gamers should be more than a little concerned that whilst Vista will be integral to Live Anywhere (and titles like Halo 2), that older games may not run on the new operating system.

We'll keep you posted as we learn what Microsoft and indeed the already-controversial Starforce have to say about this. More soon, then.

Sources: 1UP.com, ExtremeTech

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