Ubisoft’s Uplay drops support for Windows Vista

Ubisoft has announced that its Uplay PC client software is dropping support for Windows Vista. 

While Uplay, which in many ways is Ubisoft’s answer to Steam, isn’t particularly popular amongst PC gamers, the announcement should prompt players who still use Windows Vista to consider upgrading to Windows 10, as it will mean that the Uplay software will no longer be updated with bug fixes and security updates.

Games you’ve already bought using Uplay will still work, and someone who works on the Uplay code contacted us to let us know that while the Uplay client will no longer receive updates, games will continue to be patched and updated.

Dropping support

The announcement that Uplay no longer supports Windows Vista was made on the Uplay support site, where Ubisoft explained why.

“With official support for Windows Vista soon to end, we have decided to end our support of this now legacy operating system. This will allow us to take advantage of newer technologies moving forward and ensure the highest possible security for our users.”

With Microsoft also ending official support for Windows Vista, it’s inevitable that other software developers will follow suit. 

Windows Vista will continue to work, but there will be no security updates and fixes, which means any PC running Windows Vista could become a security risk. 

So, if you’re looking forward to this year’s reinvented Assassin’s Creed, or any of Ubisofts’s other popular games, this may be the push you need to upgrade.  

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.