Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PS4 will now get mods, 4K coming too

A few weeks ago, Bethesda announced to a collective groan of frustration from the PlayStation 4 community that mods would not be coming to Fallout 4 on PS4. At the time, Bethesda said that Sony was unwilling to “approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim: Special Edition.” The backlash from this announcement was sharp and loud, and apparently, Sony felt the sting, because those mods are indeed coming along with some other 4K-related bonuses for PlayStation 4 owners.

The mods will hit Skyrim: Special Edition first, as that’s the game Bethesda is currently focused on launching. Once they’re finished bringing Skyrim back to life, Fallout 4 will get mods as well. There is one big caveat to this – you won’t be able to upload external assets with PlayStation 4 mods for either game. That means that the infamous Thomas the Tank Engine mod is right out, as are crazy armor overhauls, and especially something that might add additional voice acting or character models. It’s a big caveat, and disappointing. Based on this restriction, it seems that external assets were the sticking point, and it is probably a ratings and user-experience issue more than a technical one. But they’re still mods and will still help take the sting out of the initial news.

In addition to the mods, PlayStation 4 Pro owners will be able to play Skyrim: Special Edition at native 4K resolution, rather than the upscaled resolution most games will be using. While Skyrim: Special Edition looks significantly better than the original, it’s still a five year old game, and the extra power on the Pro apparently gives them enough juice to crank up the resolution. Bethesda also writes that they “expect Fallout 4 to take advantage of the PS4 Pro in 4K along with enhanced lighting and graphics features.

This is a pretty quick turnaround from Sony, a company that normally moves about as fast as an aircraft carrier. Maybe we’ll see more of this kind of action from them moving forward.

Skyrim: Special Edition launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 28.

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