When the X Box Series S was announced as a digital-only console I posted on the X-Box Reddit asking if we’d be able to download physical games we owned onto the console. In classic Reddit style, I was basically called a stoopid nood and berated for such a ridiculous question.
However, there were no legitimate answers as to why this can’t be the case. As discussed elsewhere, game disks are now basically nothing more than a digital code that allows games to be downloaded from a server to play. At the very most, you have the absolute base version of a game on the disk, but we all know that games are no longer the base version pretty much after day one of relese.
On X-Box, and I assume PS4/5, you have to be signed into an account to use the console. This account is tied to the X-Box/ PS server and it registers every game you’ve accessed the server with - which is every game you’ve at least opened on the console. You can see this - at least with X-Box - by going to your profile on any other device and reading what activity you’ve done on your console.
So, if the games you own are tied to your account, if MS/Sony KNOW what games you’ve played, then WHY should you have to re-buy a digital version of a game that you already own the physical copy of? Apart from the publisher/MS/Sony getting more money for that extra copy, what actual reason for this is there?
I was going to get a Series S but decided against it because I’d have to re-buy all my physical games digitally. I honestly, 100% do NOT understand why this has to be the case, apart from the aforementioned greed of companies.
I’d really love it if someone could explain this to me, even if it is to say “yep, companies be greedy.”