It seems that Windows Store apps are not happy with the motherboard change. Steam, Origin, etc all are indifferent. Microsoft, on the other hand, is a problem for those who changed motherboards. Motherboards do fail which is a problem with aggressive DRM.

Recently the gaming machine was upgraded from an X470 motherboard to an X570 motherboard. The move was driven mostly for performance reasons.

Steam handles games seamlessly and as a result there are few complaints.

  • Halo MCC
  • Killer Instinct
  • Halo Spartan Assault Lite

Basically every store app is broken. It seems that Microsoft’s ideas for security are misguided.

Microsoft has struggled with broken DRM schemes for many years. Copies of Halo: Combat Evolved and other tiles that had the cd-key manager fixed so that anything could be used. Microsoft was not the only one to have DRM schemes defeated.

One of the reasons for the DVD drive on the machine is to play disk based classic games. Halo: Combat Evolved comes on a single CD and yet it offers over 20 hours of gameplay. The game originally cost $59.99 and the sticker is still on the original box to remind everyone how much AAA games cost. Bungie patched the game to eliminate disk checks after the game was installed and to support modern 3840×2160 panels.

Having raised the issue of Halo with 343 Industries and this article should hopefully get some attention for the problems generally.

The modern Denuvo did not last long before it was defeated. It got a bad reputation from Batman a few years ago which was unplayable.