Electronic Arts is to phase out some of the features for Windows XP and Windows Vista from its online store, Origin.
A prominent message is displayed to Windows XP and Windows Vista users when loading the store front that have also opted in to receive the Beta version. After the 31st July 2016, some of the features you can currently use will no longer be available unless you update to Windows 7/8/8.1 or 10.
While users of Origin will still be able to play and download their games, they won’t be able to use social or store features or review achievements they have earned.
Clicking on Learn More takes you to an EA Help article which covers what you will and won’t be able to do:
What you’ll still be able to do:
- Play your current games
- Redeem codes
- Make in-game purchases
- Visit the Origin Store online
- Change your account settings online
- (Origin Access members) visit and add games from The Vault online
What you will not be able to do anymore:
- Use the Store tab to browse and purchase new games (and The Vault, for Origin Access members)
- View achievements
- Change your account settings in the Origin client
- Download games
- Use your friends list and related features
- Chat and video chat
- View and edit your profile
You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free so there are very few reasons to not move on from the ageing XP and Vista.