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Bethesda announces PS4 mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Enhanced Edition, plus native 4K on PS4 Pro

Game developer Bethesda Softworks has announced the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition and Fallout 4 will both be receiving mod support on the PS4. Previously, this had been in some doubt — while Bethesda announced plans to bring FO4 mod support to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, updates from earlier this summer suggested that Sony wasn’t keen on the idea and Bethesda might scrap it altogether. It’s not clear how the two companies came to agree on extending modding support for Sony’s new system, but Skyrim Special Edition will arrive with modding options on Sony’s console when it ships on October 28.

Bethesda also announced that Skyrim Enhanced Edition will run at native 4K on the PS4 Pro. That’s honestly not very surprising — Skyrim is a PS3-era title and we’ve already seen how developers like Naughty Dog were able to take a late-generation title that was heavily optimized for the PS3 (The Last of Us) and improve visual quality on the original PS4 while simultaneously boosting the frame rate. The PlayStation 4 Pro offers even more firepower than the original PS4, which likely puts 4K in range — especially since the graphics updates Bethesda has showcased appear to focus more on the game’s lighting engine than on upgraded textures or new levels of detail.

Mod support for Fallout 4 is also coming, but the timeline is less certain. Bethesda writes:

Mod support will come to Skyrim first. We and Sony have worked hard to make this possible. Mods on PlayStation 4 will allow you to modify and create your own content by using our Creation Kit available here. You will not be able to upload external assets with your PlayStation 4 mods, but you will be able to use any assets that come with the game, as most mods do. By creating a account, you’ll be able to browse and try mods right from within the game…

After the work is complete on Skyrim, we’ll be updating Fallout 4 for both mods and PS4 Pro. We expect Fallout 4 to take advantage of the PS4 Pro in 4k along with enhanced lighting and graphics features.

Right now, the PC and console versions of Fallout 4 look fairly similar, with the PC offering some increased fidelity and graphics options in some cases. It’s not clear if the new features Bethesda is referring to constitute a marginal update to bring the game’s console version into line with what the PC can do, or if the company is releasing an update for the game. Personally, I think the Skyrim update is more interesting than the Fallout 4 refresh. While FO4 may have been a good FPS, it was a terrible RPG — and the ending is so tonally flat and meaningless that it killed any interest I might’ve had in returning to the game. Unlike Skyrim’s DLC, FO3, or FNV, all of which made some effort to add additional plot and story, FO4’s mostly focused on settlement building and gadgetry (Far Harbor was the only significant piece of additional storytelling).

The limitations on adding new assets to FO4 seems to be a significant roadblock compared with what PC users can do. But it’s still nice to see modding support come to consoles in limited fashion. While I still prefer the PC as a gaming platform, the hardware differences between the Xbox One, PS4, and a traditional gaming PC are smaller this generation than they’ve ever been before.

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