Originally Posted by NineBall
That's actually part of the problem with the Xbox One. You have to install the game and tie it to your Xbox Live account at which point you no longer need the disc.
Lets be clear: this is a good thing. Physical media, and especially optical media, are relics of the past. Once you have a decent internet connection, it's much easier to have your games delivered digitally and "unlocked" the second the game is "released". This is how it works now on the PC (Steam, Blizzard, etc). So, while the console industry is trying to catch up to the PC on the hardware front, I want them to also catch up in the game delivery front.
The PS4 fails on that department because, as I understand it, Sony won't allow me to download a new game on the same day that it's released in stores.
The whole "lets get in the car and go pick up the data", should be a thing of the past, with DVD/Blu-ray being superseded by streaming video. Heck, it eventually will
be a thing of the past - the question is how quickly this will happen.
Now, I don't want to come across as super negative on Sony. I think they did a great job on the PS4 - a much better job than what they did with the PS3. They made smart technical decisions, and they're keeping the price down as low as they can. I just can't understand why the internet suddenly has a love affair with the plastic disc.
Honestly, I think what both Sony and Microsoft should do would be to implement a game rental service where you can use a On2-style service for a monthly fee and play almost any
game - or perhaps you get a 2 game tokens a month, like Audible. I'm thinking something like $15/month and you can play any game that isn't a "new release". And you have the choice to either download the game or play it using the same On2-style streaming techniques. That, IMHO, is a better future. Microsoft has said that they put the necessary tech into Xbox Live + Xbox One, and Sony is doing something like that for PS3 game compatibility. They just need to take the next logical step.