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Thinking of going from Disc to Digital Version to save wear and tear on Xbox One X drive....

Goomas
94 posts Member
So, I only have one Disc based game in the mass array of games I have. Here is what I have now, and what I am thinking about doing. I have the current Battlefront 2 Disc version installed on the internal drive in my Xbox One X. I have a 4 Terabyte External Drive running on my console as well and that is were all the free space mostly is.

IF, I buy the Battlefront 2 Standard Edition (Digital Download Media Version) which is on sale now for $15 (Gold Members), How do I go about replacing the Disc version with the Digital Download version and NOT LOSE all my star cards, progress and milestones? Keep in mind, new installations go to my external 4 TB drive, while the original Disc version is installed on my internal XBox drive.

I am just worried my many hundreds of hours of grinding could be lost during the change and I don't want that to happen.

Any guidance on this move is welcome and appreciated.

Thanks.

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  • I think it will just carry on working - no need to do anything. It uses the disc because it can't validate that you own the game online. I did the same with BF2015 and all that happened was I didn't insert the disc.
  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    I think it will just carry on working - no need to do anything. It uses the disc because it can't validate that you own the game online. I did the same with BF2015 and all that happened was I didn't insert the disc.

    Did you un-install the disc version first, or just purchase the game from the XBox store and download it with the Disc Version Game already on the XBox?
  • My experience was on Xbox One with BF2015 but I don't see why it should be different for you.
    I didn't uninstall or change anything. Once the online version is purchased the Xbox can validate that you own the game it just carries on working. Are you buying the same version that you already own?

    Plus all your online progression is saved in the cloud and linked to your account, not the installation of the game.

    Did you also know that the Xbox can move installed games from the internal drive to an external drive without uninstalling. It will just automatically recreate the 4Gb swap space the next time the game is started.
  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    My experience was on Xbox One with BF2015 but I don't see why it should be different for you.
    I didn't uninstall or change anything. Once the online version is purchased the Xbox can validate that you own the game it just carries on working. Are you buying the same version that you already own?

    Plus all your online progression is saved in the cloud and linked to your account, not the installation of the game.

    Did you also know that the Xbox can move installed games from the internal drive to an external drive without uninstalling. It will just automatically recreate the 4Gb swap space the next time the game is started.

    Yes, Same version. Standard/Standard. I guess the only difference being the Disc version was bought last December during the "Loot Crate era" and I loaded up on lots of goodies by spending Crafting Parts until they became obsolete. I have about 90% of my Star Cards on Purple (Epic), and both campaigns completed. I was not sure how much if any of that stuff was stored locally. I think I will try your suggestion and cross my fingers. No sense in burning out a XBox drive to play one game.

    Thanks.
  • stevenomes
    4645 posts Member
    trade in game or sell it see if you can get a few dollars. then buy digital. you should be able to pick up right where you left off because usually the only difference between disc and digital version is disc version will check go make sure you have purchased the game before it starts (spins the disc) also there are some other times disc will run but I've had games where i left disc version installed, bought digital and then was able to play without the disc.
  • I think the disc drive on my Xbox has broke, it often won't read discs at all. But I went all digital since you have to install anyway so I don't know why. I have to use my PS3 for Blu rays. How is the X? I'm planning on getting one when I can afford it, don't have 4K telly though so I don't know if it's worth it.
  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    I think the disc drive on my Xbox has broke, it often won't read discs at all. But I went all digital since you have to install anyway so I don't know why. I have to use my PS3 for Blu rays. How is the X? I'm planning on getting one when I can afford it, don't have 4K telly though so I don't know if it's worth it.

    I love my X1X but I did get it free so I didn't feel the painful $500 sting. (I won in a Taco Bell contest last year). It is amazing on my 150" 1080p Projection Screen. I sit about 10 feet from the screen so I have no problem seeing snipers at a great distance. I have had no problems with it yet and have played on it at times for as long as about 8 or 10 hours straight and she runs fairly cool for what is going on inside. Mind you, I keep my air conditioning at 72 degrees so I'm sure that keeps it from overheating as well. The video pass-through feature works well too, but these days I keep everything unplugged when not playing so lightning can't take it out like so many other things I have zapped over the years by it. Unfortunately I don't have a HDR 4K Projector yet because they are still in the $5,000 range for 3000+ lumens, but someday and I can hardly wait to see how much nicer some games are in full 4K resolution.
  • Yeah, I had a chat with Xbox support a while back when my previous Xbox One was on the fritz (long story short I had to replace it, sad times) and none of your actual game progress is saved to your hardware, it's all stored and tied to your account. So you can replace the whole thing completely, like I did, but lose no progress since it's all tied there. You do have to redownload all your games and stuff, but meh, it is what it is.
  • Devlin21
    8319 posts Member
    I just did this, thanks for reminding me.
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  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    Progress Report. I purchased the Digital Download version of Battlefront 2 for $15, booted up X1X took out my Battlefront 2 disc and put back in case for safe keeping. Went to queue and saw it was downloading the entire game to my External Hard Drive (70 Gigs for the full game). Once it finished I launched the game and everything was there including all ranked Star Cards, Emotes, Poses, my control settings and gun mods. All went perfectly well, except I still have 70 or 80 gig for the Disc version consuming space on my Xbox internal hard drive. I have no way to remove that apparently unless someone knows a safe trick to do that. Fortunately I still have 3 TB free on my External Drive for now.

    The Force was with me on this endeavor.
  • stevenomes
    4645 posts Member
    edited July 2018
    Anakin Skywalker: I can't do it, delete the disk version. I just can't do it.
    Shmi Skywalker: Ani...
    Anakin Skywalker: Will I ever see my star cards again?
    Shmi Skywalker: What does your heart tell you?
    Anakin Skywalker: I hope so. Yes... I guess.
    Shmi Skywalker: Then you will see them again.
    Anakin Skywalker: I will come back and Delete you, Disk Version. I promise.
    Shmi Skywalker: Now, be brave and don't look back. Don't look back.

    Welcome to world of digital.
  • Evazan127
    8105 posts Member
    Whenever I forget to put the disc in on Xbox One it tells me your trial has expired because I originally played the game with ea access pre-launch. This might not mean much but I think your fine.



    But I’ll stick with disc as long as possible because of resale.
  • T0TALfps
    1209 posts EA Community Manager
    Just to confirm; Your progression will be saved indefinitely, switching from a disc to a digital download or vice versa will not affect this. It is stored/linked to your profile, not the way you access such a thing (disc/download).

    All went perfectly well, except I still have 70 or 80 gig for the Disc version consuming space on my Xbox internal hard drive. I have no way to remove that apparently unless someone knows a safe trick to do that. Fortunately I still have 3 TB free on my External Drive for now.
    @Goomas, disconnect your external hard drive from the Xbox and remove the disc from the console if you have not done so already.

    You should then be able to 'uninstall' the game from the internal hard drive as there is no reference point available for the game (IE: Disc). The other route would be to go to the game via the Manage Game option and look for an option to 'Move Game' to the external hard drive. Your external would need to be plugged in of course.

    I actually have two external hard drives linked up to the Xbox X, one is for game captures and the other is for game installs, as the loading screens are much faster on the external. So I hope these suggestions help.

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  • Yeah, I had to buy a second Xbox when I stayed with my grandmother for a couple months when her health deteriorated. I was able to sign into the Xbox and download the game for free and all the content was there. This was for BF2015.
  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    T0TALfps wrote: »
    Just to confirm; Your progression will be saved indefinitely, switching from a disc to a digital download or vice versa will not affect this. It is stored/linked to your profile, not the way you access such a thing (disc/download).

    All went perfectly well, except I still have 70 or 80 gig for the Disc version consuming space on my Xbox internal hard drive. I have no way to remove that apparently unless someone knows a safe trick to do that. Fortunately I still have 3 TB free on my External Drive for now.
    @Goomas, disconnect your external hard drive from the Xbox and remove the disc from the console if you have not done so already.

    You should then be able to 'uninstall' the game from the internal hard drive as there is no reference point available for the game (IE: Disc). The other route would be to go to the game via the Manage Game option and look for an option to 'Move Game' to the external hard drive. Your external would need to be plugged in of course.

    I actually have two external hard drives linked up to the Xbox X, one is for game captures and the other is for game installs, as the loading screens are much faster on the external. So I hope these suggestions help.

    Sounds like a plan. I will do that tonight when I get home. Thanks.
  • Goomas
    94 posts Member
    Yep. The EA Recommendation to free up the space lost to the Disc media installed version has been recovered and the game is still playable on the External without need for the disc in the drive.

    Thanks all! What a great group this is. You don't know how much this helps get answers quickly these days.

  • T0TALfps
    1209 posts EA Community Manager
    Goomas wrote: »
    Yep. The EA Recommendation to free up the space lost to the Disc media installed version has been recovered and the game is still playable on the External without need for the disc in the drive.

    Thanks all! What a great group this is. You don't know how much this helps get answers quickly these days.

    Glad that you're all sorted and up and running!

    Enjoy! :smile:
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