With Bethesda’s E3 2015 press conference taking place last night and showcasing just about everything in regards to Fallout 4, it was surprising to see Todd Howard of Bethesda enter the Microsoft E3 stage. Todd brought with him fresh Fallout 4 gameplay, but more importantly, Todd brought with him a Fallout 4 nuclear bombshell for Xbox One gamers.
Basically, up until now, the PC has had a major advantage over console versions of Bethesda’s games. That major advantage came in the form of fan made mods, which have greatly extended the lifespan of titles such as Skyrim. Consoles have largely been left in the dark when it comes to mods, making the console versions of many games seem lesser by comparison.
However, as announced by Todd Howard during Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference, any mods made for the PC version of Fallout 4 will also apply to the Xbox One version of the game. This is a monumental shift in favor of consoles, and offers an extremely compelling reason to pick up the Xbox One version of the game over the PS4 version.
How modding will work exactly on Xbox One was not revealed, but one has to imagine that it will be a much simpler and streamlined process compared to how mods work on PC. This will hopefully blow the doors wide open for gamers that have been interested in mods, but have simply been unable to apply them for whatever reason, whether that is they simply do not know how to use mods, or their computers are not powerful enough to run high quality games.
With the ability to use PC mods in the Xbox One version of Fallout 4, this leaves open the possibility that other games will have similar modding capabilities. Nothing has been announced in that regard so far, but it seems unlikely that this functionality would be implemented to only apply to a single game. Hopefully more titles are announced in the future that will also support PC mods on Xbox One.
As if having access to PC mods wasn’t enough, the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 has an additional bonus. As it turns out, all versions of Fallout 4 on Xbox One will come bundled with Fallout 3. Of course, anyone that has Fallout 3 on Xbox 360 will be able to play the game on their Xbox One anyway starting this holiday thanks to the recently announced Xbox 360 backwards compatibility that is being added to the system, but with the added benefit of a free copy of Fallout 3 along with the exciting prospect of PC modding capabilities, it looks like the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 may just be the definitive Fallout 4 experience.
For more on Fallout 4, check out these 24 high resolution screenshots that were dropped last night at E3. And in the meantime, stay tuned to Game Rant for more on Fallout 4 at E3 2015.
Fallout 4 is releasing November 10th, 2015 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.