So, this has been a really huge problem for myself since realising this was actually a thing. To put it bluntly: if you digitally download/purchase a game off the Xbox 360 dashboard, a huge percentage of said games simply won't have title updates available
to the user, something of which is readily available to users with the physical copy of the game. This then means technical problems etc. within digitally-released games can't simply be fixed up with a routine patch.
Now, I purchase/acquire most of my games through the Games on Demand section on the 360 dashboard, so you could imagine this has proved quite problematic when I can't download a simple update for, for example, Dark Souls, meaning no patch to irradicate HUGE framerate issues throughout the game. As another example, the recently available Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes given to XBL subscribers via the Games with Gold campaign(free digital games). There was apparently two secret missions released for the game, one for XB360/One users and the other for PS3/4 players, though later both parties could acquire the former console-exclusive content through a patch update. Due to my digital aquirement of the game, the patch containing the former ps3/4-only mission simply isn't available. Bare in mind that these aren't the only titles with a digital handicap, these were just recent examples; I could list many, many more.
First time I actually acknowledged that this was happening was with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 last summer when receiving the game through the GWG program. I had recently had the disc copy of the game several years before, but sold it and deleted
all of the related data. The difference being that back then I can vividly remember 2-3 online patches for the game at boot up, while this time I wasn't met with an update prompt presumably because this particular copy of the game was digitally downloaded.
This all meant that I couldn't play the online section. To fix this I had to scrape through years/minutes of recently downloaded items in the 'Download History' tab to then hopefully find the BF update that I had downloaded years before when in possession
of the disc copy. Luckily that was a success, but that solution is sadly not an option with titles that I haven't previously had disc copies of.
Something to note is that neither of my digital copies of games have a code at the very bottom of each main menu(for example: Ver. 00.2), something that I picked up upon when troubleshooting my most recent MGS: GZ issue whilst browsing various MGS-related internet forums. Those within the various forums said that "there should be a version code at the very bottom righthand corner", but these were owners/users of the physical copy of the game; those, like me, that only possessed the digital version reported the exact same problems. This leads me to believe that these famed digital copies are strictly nonupdatable versions of the game in their rawest and earliest release form.
Does anyone have a fix for this problem?