Since the inception of video games on the PC and video game consoles players always strive to help the developers create the best gaming experience possible, be it through questionnaires or beta testing. For consoles the use of hacking and mods wasn’t a very big reality, and for a long time it was heavily scrutinized by developers, until recently; for PC players mods have been around for almost a decade, if not more. So when Microsoft announced that Fallout 4, one of Microsoft’s leading console titans, would soon allow players to use mods on the console itself, the entire gaming community’s attention was gained to the fullest.
Mods are files that players and fans themselves have personally created through certain video game kits, either provided by the developer of the game itself or personally made by a 3rd party. The purpose of mods for video games is to either enhance or completely change the playing style and story of the game, thus giving a whole new experience to the players. It essentially is almost like playing an entirely different game.
Microsoft, surprisingly these days, have been backing the gaming community in creating mods for Fallout 4, which is the first game of its kind to do so until the remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes out this October. But for a time Microsoft was developing software for mods to be used with Fallout 4 on the PS4. Well those hopes were crushed recently by Sony, like usual.
Without any real explanation, Sony revealed to Microsoft that modding would not be allowed on their consoles currently. As quoted from an article from Comingsoon.net the developer wrote:
“After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4,” the company wrote in a short post. “Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.”
They then went on to write:
“Like you, we are disappointed by Sony’s decision given the considerable time and effort we have put into this project, and the amount of time our fans have waited for mod support to arrive. We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience. However, until Sony will allow us to offer proper mod support for PS4, that content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PlayStation 4 will not be available.”
So only time will tell when Sony get’s their heads out of their asses and get on board with the current generation of gaming with mods. However knowing how stubborn Sony can be, the future looks very dim for those that have placed their devotion into a company that has been hacked countless times. Good luck Sony!
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