PS4 essentials: can you download disc games on PS4?

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I still remember the brilliance of downloading Halo 3 DLC with no need for brick and mortar stores. The immediacy and convenience made playing that much more palatable and exciting.

Since then, consoles like the PS4 have completely changed the availability of digital games. No longer a novelty, digital downloads have transformed the way we play.

But for those using a mix of discs and digital on the PS4 it can be confusing as to the two work together.

Can disc games on the PS4 be downloaded? Do you need to buy a game twice?

The short of it is that you can’t download disc games. You’ll need to have the disc inserted into the PS4 every time you want to play.

Alternatively, you could sell the disc version of the game and buy a digital license on the PlayStation store.

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PS4 essentials: does every game require installation?

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The PS4 did things a little differently than prior generations. Where systems like the PS2 allowed for plug and play functionality, the PS4 ended up functioning more like a PC.

For those out of the loop, things like installing games can seem a little backwards. Up until the latest generations, the beauty of playing on console was how fast players were able to start playing.

Do all games require installation?

Unfortunately, yes. Before playing any game on the PS4 (disc or digital) you will need to install it to the systems hard drive. Although annoying, this helps with overall load times while playing games.

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4 Best PS4 Games with DLC on Disc

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With the recent repealment of net neutrality by the FCC and millions of Americans already subjected to the archaic whims of data caps, now is the golden age of savoring every last gigabyte of bandwidth.

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Held hostage by your ISP with slow speeds and data caps? That’s where physical games shine.

Streaming movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu chews through bandwidth like no other, especially with the advent of 4k content, and games themselves have risen in size to 30 gigabytes or more with many new releases.

GTA V has a whopping install size of over 50 GB on PS4. Many other console games are also climbing in size.

And so it makes sense that PS4 gamers would want to seek out complete and Game of the Year editions of PS4 games that offer all of their DLC on disc. Having to download an entire game in addition to any expansions or downloadable content off of PSN adds up on one’s monthly bandwidth quota really fast.

Below is a list of some of the best PS4 games that offer all of their downloadable content on disc so that you can avoid annoyance of slow internet speeds and bandwidth caps (almost) entirely.

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