So one of my Arkham Origins DVDs broke for the Xbox 360. Not the drive, the DVD. I was wondering if the progress saved. I know this is a stupid question. If you were wondering, the 360 model is the slim, if that makes any difference.

BTW, the Arkham Origins version that broke is the Japanese version and the one I bought is the American version

Edit: the new DVD arrived today, I will inform you all on the situation when i put it in my Xbox

Second Edit: I put in the new CD, and I didn't lose a percent of progress


Game progress is saved on the Xbox hard drive, not on the game's DVD. So your saves are going to be fine if you can get another disc.

Edit: I tried to google a bit to find some supporting evidence, and man is it hard to find. I mean, there are plenty of sources that will tell you the XBOX 360 has an internal hard drive, but basically nowhere that explicitly says the DVD drive is read-only. I mean, it is, I'm sure. But even xbox.com is letting down in terms of actually saying it.

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    Without a doubt, the discs are read only. All game save data is on the Xbox 360 hard drive. It's been years since I've used a 360, but I vaguely remember a "save data" section or something like that on the hard drive itself. – Timmy Jim May 20 at 14:13
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    The problem with writing on optical disks (CD/DVD/Bluray), is that it can only be done a limited number of times. The writing process is called "burning" because it literally burns holes through a layer of the disk. Some disks are rewritable by providing multiple layers; to rewrite, you just burn away the entire layer until only the next one is visible. Because of that, it would make no absolutely no sense to save data on the disk, hence why sources are so hard to come by. – Nolonar May 20 at 14:33
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    @Nolonar: That is not how rewritable CDs (CD-RWs) typically work. CD-RWs are coated with a material that changes its behaviour depending on what temperature it's heated to. The writing laser does use a very high temperature, but only to change the material properties and not to literally burn it away. CD-RWs can be written hundreds to thousands of times. See Wikipedia for more details. – nneonneo May 20 at 21:30
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    Yes, game save data is not saved to the disc on any game system which uses optical discs. And to answer a related question, if you have saved game data created with one copy of a game disc, you will have no problem importing and using that saved game data with a different copy of the same game; I've done it myself a couple times on the Xbox 360. – Garrett Albright May 20 at 21:32
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    IMO, the best evidence that save data isn't written to the DVD is that if you take the DVD to a friend's Xbox and put it in, it will load their save data and not yours, and if they have a copy of the same DVD and you put it in your Xbox, it will load your save data and not theirs. This is as opposed to older cartridge consoles like the N64, where save games did get saved to the cartridge and move around with it. – TheHansinator May 21 at 3:19

Your progress will persist if you get a new copy of Arkham Origins, because as a few people in the comments mentioned, the DVD is read-only, and if it weren't, writing and re-writing save data every time the game auto-saves or you do a manual save, would take a long time to do (for example, burning a small amount of data to a disc on a PC takes about a minute or so).

In addition to this, being able to write save data to a DVD would open up the console to some security issues, as someone might be able to craft a malicious save file that messes with your console or game.

Also, while DVD drives DO have storage, they only have enough for the code to read discs, with perhaps some room for some kind of update routine (e.g. if Microsoft needs to fix a bug in the DVD drive), so there's no chance your save games are stored on the DVD, or the DVD drive.

Instead they'd be stored on the hard-drive that's inside the Xbox 360.

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As the other answers state, the Xbox 360 stores save data on an internal hard drive.

The potential problem is the two disks being from different regions. Many game systems consider different regions of a game to be different games, so you may not be able to access your save data with a game from a different region.

This does not take into account whether your Xbox will even be able to play the game from the different region, as Xbox 360 games are region-Locked without a modded console.

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  • Good point, but if it is a proper replacement, that shouldn't matter. It's good to keep in mind, anyway! – Joachim May 21 at 23:11

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