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Halo 5, Forza Horizon 3 first games with Microsoft DRM

Microsoft's new DRM sees first use in Halo 5: Forge, Forza Horizon 3, puts modding at risk

By Sean Ridgeley on Sep 27, 2016 11:33 am CDT - 0 mins, 33 secs reading time

Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Forge are the first games to employ Microsoft's encrypted appx format digital rights management (DRM), with the aim of combating piracy.


In short, once you install either game, the Encrypting File System feature in Windows does its thing, after which the application files are no longer accessible, putting modding and out-of-game tweaking at risk.

Forge has featured some mods already, but this may be due to it being free to play and only some files being encrypted; Forza, it seems, is in a rougher spot.

There has been speculation the DRM causes performance issues in both games, but given how smoothly Forge runs, it's very much unfounded.

Sean Ridgeley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Sean Ridgeley

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.


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