Originally Posted by Am*
Windows 8 to combat piracy? You must be joking. They're not gonna be stupid enough to try that, and if they are, it will be the most pirated piece of software ever released.
And if the previous Windows release trend is anything to go by, no-one's going to buy Windows 8 anyway, as it's going to be the next Vista (i.e. beta OS released as a final product).
How so? The could make immense profits from having to lend out the licensing to developers to use their interface to ensure their games won't be pirated. Even more so if they partner with Steam.
I don't see how it's so far fetched. Blizzard has already done with with Battlenet with good success so far. Steam already has the basic functionality built into it. It just needs to be integrated into something universal where if you want to play a game, it has to be installed through it. Thus preventing things like ISO cracks or keygens for serials etc.
edit: it could also probably do a way better job of stopping hackers in online multiplayers than Punkbuster. Similar to WoW's warden system and whatnot.Edited by Backfat - 1/1/11 at 10:00am