Okay. So I have a physical copy of Far Cry 6 for Xbox. I deleted the game and put it back into my Xbox. Here is what I was treated with.
Then I proceeded to upgrade it. And see this.
As you can see from the image 575 MB of the game came from the disc while as 85 GB is downloading from my internet connection.
It's not only a Ubisoft thing.
Halo Infinite disc doesn't include the game.
CoD Vanguard cant be played without a a big patch
These are 3 of the biggest games of the year. Unfortnutaley I don't have any other physical games besides Far Cry ( I got rid of all my physical games last year) so I cant test it with other games but the last physical game I remember not having to downloading a huge update to play was Evolve and that game came out early last gen.
Some Smart Delivery games only have the Xbox One version on the disc. Metro Exodus and Resident Evil 8 are just 2 examples. Some games actually has both versions on the disc or has 2 discs. It's a game by game basis and unfortunately the case doesn't mention if an internet connection is required, so we don't know what games has both versions on disc(s). At least from what I hear all Xbox Series X games except COD has the full game on disc(s). Flight Sim and Devil May Cry 5 SE are 2 examples.
And of course as @jason1637 pointed out, some games just barely has anything on the disc rendering the disc completely useless without internet. So to add to that Forza Horizon 5 is one of those games. Apparently it has to do with the base (VCR) Xbox One unable to read blu-ray discs above 50gb, so games with big storage cannot fit both versions or can't even fit one on a disc. That would mean publishers need to use two 50gb discs and even then it may not be enough (I could be wrong on this, but it would make a lot of sense).
So what's the best option? Well for games that can fit both on one disc or two should be 1 case. For those can't just separate the 2 versions in 2 different physical releases where one has the Xbox One version with the ability to download the Series X version, while the other is the Series X version. So basically what Sony is doing already with PS4/PS5.Last edited by trasharmdsister12 - on 24 December 2021