It would appear that Sony has dealt a damaging blow to its Playstation 4. By refusing to allow mods for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim the gaming giant has effectively alienated a segment of its market. Whether this choice effects console sales has yet to be seen. However, with this happening in the midst of a mid generation console refresh we may see the unprecedented. Gamers may jump ship to Microsoft.
According to Bethesda talks with Sony on the subject have failed. They stated in a recent blog post that Sony will not allow mods to work the way they should. This turn of events saddens me, but I am not surprised. Sony has long put maintaining control of their hardware and its functions ahead of gamer relations. Let us just look back to the Playstation 3 for an example. For me this pattern of behavior, this need for control, is a key reason why I choose other hardware vendors.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is showing a different attitude entirely. They have not only welcomed mods for Bethesda’s hit games, but are adding in an entire platform for user generated content. The Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, allows users to install programs that might normally be PC specific. This extends the use of the XBox One far beyond that of the Playstation 4. Further it shows that Microsoft is a lot more willing to let users go wild with their hardware.
While the future of modding on the Playstation 4 is anything but certain I think we can safely assume that for now it is a no go. If you are an Elder Scrolls or Fallout fan I suggest against waiting this one out. Your best option is buying an XBox One. If anything the timing is perfect. The Xbox One has received significant price cuts as of late. You can find the orignal XBox One starting as low as $250. If 4k is more your thing then the XBox One S can be yours for as little as $300.
So what will you do? Will you remain happy with your Xbox One purchase? Jump ship from Sony to Microsoft? Or are game mods not a big deal for you? And what do you think of this strange mid generation upgrade cycle? I would love to know so please leave me your opinion in the comment section below.