Okay. Since the era of the Dreamcast (and maybe even earlier), gaming consoles have been able to restrict the use of a single disc to a single console. In a way, I can understand why game companies would want to do this. At the same time, it's a big inconvenience to us gamers. Well, last gen, the Xbox 360 allowed gamers the option of installing pretty much any game they owned on disc. To prevent people from just renting a game, installing it, and never buying a game, they made is to that the game actually had to be inside the console for the installed game to work. Great! You got all of the benefits of having a digitally installed game (improved performance, less wear and tear on disc drive, low noise) and all of the benefits of having a physical game (resell value, nice box art, dat sweet disc smell). There was only one problem.
I FUCKING HATE CHANGING DISCS.
So, here's the solution: When you buy a disc, you have the option of linking that disc to your console via internet. If you choose that, the disc works on your console and your console, only. Not only that, the install works on that one console. The disc is virtually useless but you can play the content on that particular console without having to swap discs. Genius, right?
"But d21lewis, what if I want to sell my disc? You sound a lot like Microsoft and you deserve a fist up the ass!"
Well slow down, little buck-a-roo! Let me finish! LET ME FINISH!
Okay. I'm finished. What I was going to say before I started masturbating was this: When/If you're ready to sell that game or loan it to a friend, all you have to do is pop that disc back into the console, choose the appropriate options on the menu, and BAM! That license is no longer tied to your console and you can sell that disc as you see fit! Everybody wins!!