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Convert physical games to digital

I would love a way to be able to convert the physical games I own into digital games. Perhaps a small fee and the need to insert the game only every 4 or 5 times played (to avoid people paying only a small fraction by just borrowing a friend's game). It would certainly make it easier than walking downstairs or upstairs every time I want to play a game if the disc isn't in the right One.

[Mod Edit: This idea was merged with similar ideas posted by Aragorn 2014, Possums88, Ajguy and UGitSmoked. Thanks, everyone!]

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  • Ba7m0nk3y commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Vudu has a "disk to digital" program in place for video so why can't something similar for games be done too?

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  • xankazo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would totally love this. I mean, Steam already has something similar, why can't we?

  • BefitDiagram840 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Salsicce77 Microsoft tried your suggestion, as a form of DRM prior to release, the backlash was so strong the plan had to be abandoned. Honestly, I think short-term digital leases are a good thing, but deactivating the disc at any point causes issues that no player should ever have to deal with. However, a plan where the company will buy the discs back in exchange for digital copies could be valid, though activation failures could cause you to lose both copies... hence why this is probably not the best idea. (imagine having turned in the disc, but having online activation fail).

    Let's be honest here: 12,238 people don't want to have to put their discs in and get up off the couch every time they want to switch games, it's ludicrous. Why can't we have our cake and eat it too?

  • KukuMonroe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I bought a copy of Forza 7 on disc, thinking I could play it on Windows as well (since it's sold with the "Xbox play anywhere" label.

    I can't even review the game since it says I don't own it, so I guess the disc is just a fancy way to begin the online installation process really.

  • tmirb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would gladly go to a Microsoft Store (brick and mortar) just to get my copy of Forza 7 Standard traded in for a digital copy.

  • AgentXXL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would be totally in favor of an option to convert our disc-based games to digital download, especially the ones that are also playable on Windows 10. Either taking the game discs to a Microsoft store for 'conversion' or even mailing them into a Microsoft depot. Even if there was a small fee per game, I would consider it a valuable option.

  • Salsicce77 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Surely each physical disc would have a serial number? So hypothetically, once entered, allows the digital download. One digital download per serial number. Problem solved.

  • mghtyred commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are literally games that I almost never play anymore because I don't like the idea of having to get up and flip a discs allow us to converter games to digital heck will even mail them into you so that nobody else can use them ever again

  • Lone Wolf 23350 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Make the dlcs work on Xbox one went to buy Mass effect trilogy dlcs use voucher at Xbox store but won't let me please fix problem it hard playing games knowing you are not getting the full experience of the game

  • NorCalNavyMike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to walk into a Microsoft Store with my handful of discs; turn them in; and leave with each game having been added to my Xbox Live account.

    Easy enough to limit a customer to, say, 3-5 games per month (so as to prevent abuse of the system). Where is the harm?

  • LmG Xeir0 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Make this a thing, I have kids and sadly they do not appreciate things they way I would like them to yet I love my hard copy collection but it really sucks when some miss handles them and they get scratched and are no longer playable. Just make it so you have to put in your copies bar code on the game while the game is in the console then have a second verification in your email that way if you ever do sell the game and someone else puts in the bar code you have to verify online that yes you sold it to the new person to protect against theft and the like

  • romeoteknik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If this option isn't viable, then the solution is quite simple, include a digital key with physical purchases. Problem solved. Seems to work on physical editions of PC games, seems to work with blu-ray movies (normal bluray disc, digital copy all in 1 package!), transfer this solution to console games. No more exclusive content just for "digital only". You buy 1 copy of the game and that's it.

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