Author Topic: Blizzard will end support for Windows XP and Windows Vista later this year  (Read 108 times)

Offline Tiffanys

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Blizzard has announced that it will end support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm later this year.

As Blizzard noted, the aforementioned games will no longer work on Windows XP and Windows Vista, therefore PC gamers will have to upgrade to a newer operating system.

“After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.”

And that is that. While we are pretty sure that most PC gamers have already upgraded their systems to Windows 7, 8/8.1 or 10, a small number of PC gamers may still be using these older operating systems. As such, it’s unfortunate that Blizzard won’t offer a legacy version for StarCraft II or Diablo III that supports these older OSs in offline mode.


I was really angry for a minute and then I realized I'm on 8.1, not Vista. Still, that's pretty shitty to literally make the games no longer work on those systems. Not even just end support, just make them not even work on them at all. Total dick move tbh.

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About damn time.

Basically it just means they're cutting costs on their patches since they don't have to worry about compatibility with those systems. They might keep working or they might not. I doubt they'd actually go the extra effort to make them not work on purpose. Could be that they are removing some unneeded libraries that will do that though.

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Offline Al_Sleeper

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More likely they'll just implement OS code check and block "incompatible" operating systems to make M$ happy :(.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 02:47:37 pm by Al_Sleeper »

Offline Govna

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It's not 'make the games not work' on those old systems, it's 'fix outstanding bugs related to the behaviors of old systems.'

For anyone not using a potato you'll probably notice nothing but weird bugs starting to go away.