Like a lot of past games Digital Restrictions Management has yet again made a return in Battlefield Hardline. DRM is built into products with the aim of limiting use after purchase. In this case it limits your hardware changes by blocking you from playing!
With Digital Restrictions Management Origin can lock you out if you decide to change your graphics cards or other hardware within your PC, EA/Origin do not state this clearly on any product page. The finder of this is down to Guru3D you can view there thread here.
We were forced to use four different accounts to produce this article! After eight hardware changes we get hit with we’re sorry, an error has occurred too many computers have accessed this account’s version of Battlefield Hardline recently. Please try again later.
Hagedoorn – Guru3D
They don’t just verify the number of PCs you work on slash use, nope they dare to monitor hardware changes now, which I am sure is a privacy breach on many levels. So once we insert new hardware (graphics cards) the hardware id hash changes and if that happens a couple of times they are rendering your activation invalid.
So the two questions i will leave you with here is..
Do you mind if EA are watching every change you make on your PC?
What are your thoughts on ORIGIN being able to block you from playing?