All PS4 and Xbox One disk games require installation.
All PS4 and Xbox One disk games require installation.[/QUOTE]
Guys, I think I should help clear up a few things regarding mandatory installations.
First of all, it's very unreasonable to expect modern, HD console games to load from disk. The reason? Data transfer rates from disk simply aren't high enough to accommodate that much information. If it were possible, loading breaks would be frequent and insanely long! Here's a useful comparison using the PS4 as an example:
Blu-Ray drive: 6x (27MB/s)
Pretty fast for a Blu-Ray drive...not bad, huh? Certainly an improvement over the PS3's measly 2x (9MB/s)
HDD SATA II interface: 3Gbit/s or 300MB/s.
Wow. Big difference. In fact, the disk medium seems completely outclassed for every purpose other than simply distributing the game data to people's homes.
The mandatory installations may seem like a chore if you're coming from playing, say, SNES or PS1 games, which weigh in at a mere fraction of the data of their modern counterparts, but there's simply no possible engineering solution to this problem--modern games simply require a certain amount of data to achieve a certain audiovisual fidelity that audiences expect. Disk drives aren't fast enough to accommodate these expectations comfortably.
Yes, yes, I know that many huge PS3 games were able to work around this issue and run quite well without requiring much of your time or precious hard drive space. Final Fantasy XIII (39GB) and The Last of Us (26GB) come to mind as notable examples. You'll notice that these games all have something in common, however: they are very tightly-controlled, on-rails experiences. They stream from disk gradually as new areas open up--there isn't much (if any) free-form travel or exploration. And despite Naughty Dog's excellent engineering, their games still require a lengthy initial load which, if added up over the course of all play sessions, adds up to much more time than a single initial installation.
I hope this makes sense and that I haven't said anything inaccurate. Information on PS4 data bandwidth was found on the PS4 Hardware Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_4_technical_specifications
That said, I do use Steam/Origin for some of my PC gaming. The deals that sometimes can be had, are simply too good to pass up. Like Dragon Age: Origins, I got for FREE last week through a promo Origin was having.
I think it's silly to avoid a system just cause it's online, like it or not things are evolving and this sort of thing was inevitable, it was going to happen one way or the other.
Companies do so make games and some damn good ones at that(they are not a "service" that's just silly), things have just simply evolved and are going to continue to do so.
Nintendo unfortunately has shown a stubborn unwillingness to learn from their own mistakes at times, you'd think they would've made better decisions regarding the Wii U.
You sure about that? You mentioned having played Aliens: Colonial Marines.