Oct 25, 2013
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Hypothetically speaking, what if the next gen consoles were to announce that it would be possible for their games to be modded as extensively as PC games?
One of the key advantages to PC gaming is the ability to modify games, either by changing and editing the game files yourself (if you’re particularly good at those sorts of things), or by installing them from the large catalogue available on services such as the Steam Workshop, Nexus Mods and the Curse Client.
Game modding adds a longevity to titles which you may have stopped playing after your first play-through. However, when you can modify a game such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, additional content such as player-made dungeons, races, quests and new spells can really add to the enjoyment and time spent playing the game.
Playstation and Microsoft will probably be at a disadvantage if they haven’t announced the ability to mod their games should Steam’s console be able to do so. Presumably, it would have access to the Steam Workshop’s huge archive for their older games, which could be a key selling point for the console.
It would be huge if both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 had extensive modding capabilities that were comparable to PC gaming, but if they don’t announce such a feature, it would be a huge market for the Steam console to tap into.
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