Fallout 4 and Skyrim Remastered PS4 Mods: How Much of It Was Sony’s Fault?

No matter how you spin this, Sony is in the wrong here.

Posted By | On 11th, Sep. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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It hasn’t been a good week for Sony- the announcement of the PS4 Pro was already a bit of a damp squib for them, with a lot of gestating backlash, but it was followed almost immediately by Bethesda announcing that mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Remastered, which they had promised for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, would not be coming to Sony’s console after all- and in a surprising move, they trained their guns and placed the blame for this entirely on Sony.

Bethesda’s press release claimed that Sony was unwilling to work with them and to make the compromises necessary to get mods working on the system. But the question is, is Bethesda’s side of the story really necessarily true? And even if it is, then why did Bethesda announce mods for the console in the first place, if they hadn’t been certified or confirmed by Sony yet?

That question is a facile and fanboyish one, which misses the larger point entirely- Bethesda announced their game last year, as well as their vision for their game. Games are announced for systems without first having proper licenses or certification all the time- those things come later. Bethesda didn’t necessarily do anything wrong here, even if they announced PS4 mods too early. They have consistently attempted to communicate with fans about the situation, and when it didn’t work out, they didn’t faff about with embarrassing PR- they came right out and said what had happened.

In other words, Bethesda are not in the wrong. Sony are. Sony are currently going against the very standards for openness and choice that they claimed to stand for not so long ago. Not so long ago, it was Sony allowing for cross platform play, Sony allowing Portal 2 players to link their PSN and Steam accounts together, Sony espousing platform openness. Today, Sony stand in the way of cross platform play between Xbox and PlayStation, Sony disallow services like EA Access from their devices entirely, and Sony block features like mods- Microsoft and Sony have switched places.

Should Bethesda have waited a bit to announce PS4 mods? Maybe, although again, what they did is not an uncommon practice in the industry at all. Whether or not they would have, the blame would, and still does, lie squarely on Sony.

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  • d0x360

    It was all sonys fault. End of story. If it was possible on the Xbox it’s possible on ps4.

    Sony has once again done something anti gamer for unknown reasons and they are using the most pathetic excuse possible…audio codecs.

    Give me a break Sony. This is one even the fanboys should have a hard time choking down.

  • Terminator

    Whats also wrong its Sony’s degenerate hypocritical PS fanbase who sound like Trump supporters. Sony did a great job with the PS4, now its fanbase made it look bad.

  • leanton31

    “Microsoft and Sony have switched places” sad but so true…

  • efnet

    We all know it’s their fault but sites will try their best to spin this however they can in Sony favor…

  • Riggybro

    Bad timing for Sony.

    With the MS narrative so currently focussed on 4K/media (2013 anyone?) and Scorpio specs (2001 anybody?), PS really needed to go all out – games, games, games, gamers, fun blah blah…
    Not weirdo anti-gamer stuff like this.

  • Vampire Hunter V

    When deciding to purchase PS4 or XBOX1, I agreed to change from my XBOX 360 which had yielded so many adventures with the impression Sony would be above the edge next generation. Truth be told they are both to close to make any real difference.
    NOW… As an advent Skyrim Gamer and Lover of the series and lore. Sony has just threw all the cards on the table showing a weakest hand in a generation. THIS IS MY THOUGHT ON THE CURRENT SITUATION. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT AN XBOX1.
    I am in this adventure for the pure pleasure, lore, fantasy, adventure, and new possibilities and Sony quite frankly I have the money to shelve you and put XBOX 1 back in the front and center of my Home Entertainment System. Don’t do this Sony; no no no don’t do this…

  • PonyExpress

    Sony keep treating their customers like dirt. When will their blind fans wake up?.

  • Mr Xrat

    Another mediocre notch MS can put on their marketing which is done better on other platforms. Xbone: always second-rate.

    • Lucardo Exod

      Cry more sony pony, go play ps2 TLG Lmao

    • Mr Xrat

      Go play nothing, Xgimp. 🙂

  • PonyExpress

    Even SDF Xrat admits this is another win for Microsoft. Even he can’t deny the truth lol.

    • Mr Xrat

      Xgimp thinks his second-rate Xbone gets a “win.” Go watch Ghostbusters for the 15th time, a game will be out soon. 🙂

    • PonyExpress

      Let your salty tears flow lol.

  • NL37

    I own a PS4, but who remembers sonys e3, on their topic of sharing games?
    Phil Spencer + Major Nelson, free video idea.
    Short 30 seconds video on the topic of downloading mods, and at the end
    a cheeky wink from Spencer and Only on Xbox tagline on the screen.


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