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FaeKnight

Not really. Every time I go to play Doom on my XB1 (which I have 'on disk') after uninstalling it to save space while not playing for a while it has to download the game. Which takes exactly as long as having to download a game of similar size that I bought digitally. Which makes me think the disk only contains an authentication and something to tell the system what to download.

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Octane

@Kinoen It kinda does make a difference. You can easily delete a few games and make room for a new one. I have a 1TB PS4, and I'm not running out of room yet. It's more than you think, especially if you don't buy uncompressed Ubisoft and EA games. Anyway, deleting them is a quick process should I ever run out of space. The big difference is in 10 years from now. Servers will be shut down inevitably. With physical copies you can always play your games regardless of whether the online store is still open, you can't with digital. If they all fit on your HHD, sure, it's fine. But a HHD has a limited lifespan so it's going to fail some day or another. If that happens, you're out of luck.

Octane

FaeKnight

Unless of course the physical disk doesn't actually hold the full game on it, which I've come to suspect is the case with the XB1. Rare Replay for example can probably hold all the old SNES and earlier games and the smaller N64 games. But I seriously doubt it also holds a copy of every single game like Kameo or the two Pinata games. In fact, I'm about to run an experiment.

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Yeah, half the physical disks I have for XB1 games need an internet connection to install "from disk". And which ones it was is kind of baffling. Rare Replay had everything on the disk, to my surprise. As did Battleborn and Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions Evolved. Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls edition had the expansion on the disk, but not the base game. Doom, Fallout 4, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Dragon Age Inquisition can't install without an internet connection though.

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Zuljaras

@FaeKnight Is this for real? I mean I asked many people and they all say that the base game is always on the disk. You get to play the game from the disk at least the single player part.

The only exception to that is Xbox One X which need mandatory downloads of enhanced updates. But the other Xbox One models and the PS4 do not need internet connection to play games installed from the disk.

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/05/random-doom-fan-has-a-novel-way-to-display-a-destroyed-switch-cartridge

FaeKnight

Yeah, it is. I unplugged my modem entirely to run the tests. Some of my physical copies could fully install, Diablo installed the expansion only, and others couldn't even start installing. This might be due to them being "day one" editions thus the first wave of disks released to meet the holiday demand. But it's still annoying to discover.

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Zuljaras

@FaeKnight Xbox One X or normal Xbox One (or S) ?
Even on Xbox 360 Ultimate Evil edition of Diablo 3 installs the whole game on the HDD without any problems.

Also for Fallout 4:
"Yes - as far as I know, you don’t need to be online at all to play Fallout 4. An internet connection will be required to download add-ons and mods, but apart from that, you’re free to go!"

"You sure can play it offline but it would be advisable (if possible) to at least connect to the internet once when starting it so as to have any patches updated. Otherwise, you may find a few game changing bugs"

"Yes you can, if you do however you will not have access to mods nor will you be able to use the creation club or download any patches that come out. Overall however your gameplay experience will not be greatly effected."

The only console that will make your game unplayable without internet in the Xbox One X.

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https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/05/random-doom-fan-has-a-novel-way-to-display-a-destroyed-switch-cartridge

FaeKnight

Normal XB1. I don't have the money or desire for an XB1X or XB1S.

On 360 you can play the games from the disk without even having to install anything. Unless the game you want to play is Final fantasy XI, in which case yeah you'll need to install a lot of stuff.

EDIT: As I mentioned, it might be due to having bought early printing copies of the games rushed out to meet holiday demands. If that's the case, they may not have had time to put the full games on those disks, but later printings did contain the full game.

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Zuljaras

@FaeKnight This is interesting. So there is a Fallout 4 Day One edition?

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/05/random-doom-fan-has-a-novel-way-to-display-a-destroyed-switch-cartridge

FaeKnight

No, but I picked up my copy pretty much the day it hit the shelves. Didn't even have the system yet, but was planning on getting one. That's the case with half my games.

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Cobalt

Only physical games here !

The only case it can be different is with good indies that are only distributed digitally.
Otherwise it's impossible to buy a digital game for me, espacially if the game exists in a physical form.

It's about more than 10 years now that they promote the "all digital" and I'm really happy to see that it doesn't really work out.
In the music industry too, more and more people buy their music physically and even the vinyls are coming back.

So in my case, I think that you have to have the choice between the two options but I highly recommend to buy physical as much as you can !

Cobalt

Dugu

Physical, unless you have 20+ games and care about portability.

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panthro

Cobalt wrote:

In the music industry too, more and more people buy their music physically

Not true.

panthro

Alantor28

@panthro I can agree with that since I buy my music digitally usually through iTunes. I don't know where Cobalt got that from. In the US where I live, when I go to Wal-Mart, I have not seen a music CD stand today. Used to see them when I was young. Only DVDs and PC games and PS4 games that have discs.

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Alantor28

@ReaderRagfish Yeah. I clicked on that link he posted and realized it was months old. And like I said before in my previous post, I usually buy my music through iTunes.

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panthro

@Cobalt

Have you actually read that article?

Too bad for you because my point still stands.

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Cobalt

@hatch

When I see that graph, I regain a part of faith in humanity.

Cobalt

Cobalt

@hatch
I love to read what I read here !

Let me guess... You're born in the 70's/80's, isn't it ?

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Kinoen

@Octane
Alrighty then. At the end of the day, I primarily care about how much space a game takes on my hard-drive and since physical and digital copies both take up the same amount of space, regardless of one needing internet to download or the other needing the disc to play.
Physical copies are pointless to get for the X-box and Playstation, but are very much worth getting on Nintendo consoles.

Kinoen

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