"Vista-only" titles cracked to work with Windows XP

By Justin Mann on June 26, 2007, 11:23 AM
Microsoft's release of Vista and subsequent claims of new game titles operating only on it have been a source of much controversey the past six months. From the onset, they claimed that newer titles that required DX10 would be impossible to deploy on Windows XP, telling the gaming community that their choices are basically to pay to upgrade or make do without newer titles. Naturally, this upset many, especially since it most likely was not true.

They further compounded the problem be even claiming that certain DX9 titles wouldn't be available for XP either. Some enterprising folk set out to prove Microsoft wrong in this, to demonstrate that the reasonings for not release games for multiple platforms was entirely marketing, and not technical. Back in May, Falling Leaf issued a statement about how they would be working to make Halo 2 and Shadowrun both work on XP, despite claims it was impossible.

In a technical refresh of this, it seems that other groups have now made that possible, cracking the games to function using DX9. While this group appears to have beaten Falling Leaf in the pursuit of gaming freedom, both demonstrate what many people feel – it is unfair, and ultimately poor business, to force a customer to upgrade when it is clearly not necessary. There were many game titles released in 2006 that functioned with Windows 2000, despite it being much older than XP.

It makes it painfully obvious that Microsoft's refusal to develop DX10 for XP and further attempts to push Vista as the “only future gamers OS” are nothing more than marketing. Aside from lining their pockets, where is the incentive to do this? With tens of millions of gamers using XP, you'd think the potential loss in sales from refusing to deploy a game on XP would hurt more than whatever extra development time it took to make it possible.

User Comments: 10

Got something to say? Post a comment
cfitzarl said:
It was only a matter of time before this happened ;) .
MetalX said:
Yeah, Microsoft really is a company that takes advantage of it's customers. The majority of people who use Windows think that if Microsoft says it's impossible, then it is. They don't think that such a "trustworthy" company would lie to them. I just hope that Microsoft decides to remove the restrictions on game releases. They never did this on any of their OS's released in the past, so why do it with Vista?
Daveskater said:
they just want more people to shell out for vista, i read on here that a survey says only 12% of people will upgrade and they want to make that a bigger number. also they're losing out on money. i don't know why they'd want to make more people get vista, other than the money in their pockets, because it has so many problems at the mo. i like it but it needs a lot more work.
Canadian said:
One thing this doesn't mention is the performance. The games running on XP last I heard just crawl. And can we really blame Microsoft? They just invested years and millions to make Vista, the new next gen OS. Now its hear, and many people dont want it for various reasons.
Julio said:
I guess it all depends on the title that requires Vista, and is not Microsoft alone to blame. There are games that could potentially need Vista, there could be others that were developed with the OS in mind, and thus the developer (even if MS itself) doesn't want to provide support for a different OS. There are developers and publishers that can probably benefit from entering into a partnership with Microsoft and their "Games for Windows" program and then decide to 'require' Vista. I'm not saying it's alright, just that there are various scenarios to consider.I obviously agree that not supporting XP just for promoting Vista, that's plain stupid.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
It's a bit like some games that check for XP and refuse to install in XP x64, because it's built on Server 2003 codebase. The installer MSI packages can be made to work with Orca.
agi_shi said:
These games never needed any of Vista's features (other than wifi or something for connection with xbox360 or something stupid like that). They simply checked if you were running on Vista. DX9 was used, not DX10.It couldn't have been that hard to remove some stupid check. Especially for some cracker group.
thebaronjocelin said:
It's something Microsoft has always done.Look at XP (pre-SP2):They launch a faulty and defective product for two-hundred dollars, do nigh-on-nothing to fix it's bugs (save for working out a service pack) and then charge $59.95 a phone call for people that actually want to make their investment work? It's ludicrous!It's a bleedin' cash farm, is what it is?I'm not switching to Linux, but by god, Microsoft is not just rich, but rich with a**holes!
deronjthomas said:
If I had the Money I would come up with an open source DirectX. I would call it ODX. It would run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Wow think; of the possibilities. No mater what game you buy it will just work on any system. Maybe that would upset Microsoft, and make Mac, and Linux users happy. Then you might find some real competition with Microsoft.
Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.