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Skyrim, PS3 And Mods: The Case For

Skyrim, PS3 And Mods: The Case For

Skyrim not being modded on PS3, yesterday.

Skyrim mods on PS3 are not actually a thing right now. Even though gamers clearly want them to be, and even though Bethesda itself has said it wants them to be to the public at large, they’re not a thing.

As Todd Howard said before Skyrim’s release last year, when asked about the Skyrim Creation Kit coming to consoles:

“We’d like to see it happen, because it works, it’s how we made the game. I think it’s something really cool about what we do, but 90% of our audience is on the consoles, so 90% of our audience can’t even see this thing. So if we can solve that we’d like to.”

But we’re still left wanting. We still can’t mod our games. Because mods on PS3 are not a thing right now.

Though while we say they’re ‘not a thing’, we mean that as in through official channels. If we draw the curtains, look over our shoulders to make sure nobody’s listening and bring you in closer for a whispered word: you can already mod Skyrim on PS3.

Granted, it’s not as straightforward as it is in the world of PC gaming, but it is there. You can do it. Problem is you have to tread into the murky waters of hacked consoles to get there.

See this video:

It’s not the best example of modding. It’s not exactly Skyrim with cars. And we’re unlikely to see much in the way of total conversions through these methods. But as a proof of concept, the hacking scene is something to keep an eye on.

It doesn’t end with Skyrim either, with the modding scene on Grand Theft Auto IV continuing apace. Again, it’s not spectacular levels of modding and a lot of the time just seems to be slapping perma-cheats in there, but it exists. You can do it. The hackers have shown you can.

So why are we still waiting on mods through official channels on console? It’s just another hangover from this nonsensical closed platform business we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

Ah well, there’s always the next generation. Maybe Sony will allow Linux use again and encourage us to tinker, rather than punishing people for having the temerity to want to play about with their own property.

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