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NOVPC version of GTA IV uses SecuROM
Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 11:33 AM CST | By Neil
Last week we posted an image of the back of the PC version of GTA IV's box which Rockstar had supplied to a retailer in the UK. One piece of text on the back of the box reads "Initial activation requires internet connection". The following day, we received an email from Rockstar asking us to remove it, with no reason cited. We reluctantly complied, yet if you visit Tesco's website you'll see that they are still displaying the image.
Today the company revealed that the game will use SecuROM Digital Rights Management software. More interestingly though, they also deployed a lengthy Q&A document which attempts to convert everyone to wonderful ways of this magical software. One little gem from the article:
"SecuROM offers a diverse toolset to publishers to help safeguard their IP and interests. Vocal 'board posters' seem to be most down on the SecuROM feature that limits the number of installations. But this SecuROM functionality is really nothing different than what iTunes has used for years now."The disc-based version of the game can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at a time, while buyers from services like Steam or Direct2Drive will only be able to install on a maxmium of 5 machines simultaneously. All versions of the game must be activated once per machine before play, and the company says that it has a contingency plan for users who don't have an internet connection - visit a website.
In addition to SecuROM, the game will also fill your drive with 16GB of game and other data including versions of Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer, DirectX, Games for Windows LIVE and the Microsoft .net framework.
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