Bethesda’s E3 conference already revealed a lot about Fallout 4, but Microsoft’s conference this morning piled revelations on top of that. Namely, that Microsoft really really wants you to play the game on their console, and is willing to sweeten the deal with a couple snazzy bonuses.
For one thing, if you buy Fallout 4 on XBox One, you will get Fallout 3 free of charge. The company just figured out backwards compatibility with the 360, and so they’re throwing in the 360 version of the game. Granted, this is only a bonus if you don’t have Fallout 3 already, but it should be enough to sway some people. Fallout 3 will only be free for the first ninety days of Fallout 4’s release.
But there’s more, and the next thing they revealed was VERY interesting: mods will be allowed on the XBox One version of Fallout 4. Traditionally mods have existed exclusively in the realm of PC gaming, with its more fluid architecture and easier-to-bust copy protection. Because the XBox One and Windows have similar operating systems, in theory a mod created for the PC version of Fallout 4 should work on the One, if Microsoft allows it (and they’re allowing it). Now if the PS4 version doesn’t include mod support, it’ll be at a disadvantage. This was shrewd of MS.
If Sony announces something similar, we will let you know. UPDATE: Bethesda has confirmed they are working on getting mod compatibility working with PS4 as well, though it may take longer.