Besides being able to play it on more than one console at the same time to a lmited extent, I don't see real reasons to go "digital" instead of disc.
As far as having to go to the store to get a disc, you are either:
- Close to the store, and can get there, back and install the game in less time than it takes to download the game.
- Far away from the store, in which case you can order from Amazon (or any online retailer), and even get "release day" or expedited shipping for less than what you spend on gas to get to the store. You won't be spending the driving time either.
There are real benefits to going the "physical" route:
- With the disc, it is only seconds or at most a few minutes before you are playing the game on initial install, or if you have to reinstall. With "digital" it will be hour(s) before you are playing the game .
- You can lend, trade, and resell the disc when you are done with the game. (Preventing this is the big reason game publishers want a shift to a "digital" future.)
- You are not at the mercy of the "cloud" for permanant access to that game.
Convenience, that's why.
Personally, I prefer a disc but I am old and gizzled and clinging to the ways of the old guard.
The truth will set you free... But it may sting a bit...
But knowing Microsoft, if their service detects a different hard drive than intended, its very possible to receive a console ban for system tampering.
Now I'm a little confused. I have fifa14, have played a season, and went to start yesterday without disc. It said insert disc.
So how are the discs installing onto HDD if I still need the disc?
for faster loading.
The disc is still required for authorization purposes.