In-game console modifications (mods) support has had a huge push this generation and for several great reasons. The most obvious reason why is it can breathe new life into old games and greatly enhance current ones extending playability across the board.
Both Consoles Xbox One and PS4 were touted to have this feature when it was announced that consoles would start diving into the community creation adventure. However so far only the Xbox (Microsoft) has approved / allowed support on their consoles. Shortly ago Bethesda makers of Skyrim and Fallout 4 (and many more games – but these were their primary titles to receive mod support) announced that Sony has denied their ability / request to start supporting mods.
No love for the PS4
According to Bethesda “After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, 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.
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.
We will provide an update if and when this situation changes.”
Original post by Bethesda available at https://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/ps4-mod-update/2016/09/09/199
Why the disapproval?
One of the things to take away is that Sony will not approve the mods the way they should work. One idea of the disapproval is that Sony is looking to integrate the modifications to their system somehow to ensure quality control – which ultimately seems unlikely. The flip side to this is that Sony more than likely is attempting to force the mods into some sort of communal based DLC so they can take a cut of the revenue – since you can’t make money on free. Earlier this year I would have thought that the later would have been true and it would have been more of a quality control thing but especially after the recent announcement to increase PSN prices the cash grab would seem more likely.
The Long Term Outcome
While Sony current is “winning” this console generation’s war. With the lackluster features of the newly announced PS4 Pro, the PSN price hike, and this move, Sony just maybe setting PS4 up to lose a large share of the console market. Especially since the Xbox Scorpio has or at least is rumored to have most of the features that we all thought were going to be included in the PS4 Pro.