The Xbox One could also support modding

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Damn Xbox One, I’ve got to be honest, I’m liking this new direction of yours. First we get friendlier with gamers, now we get news that the console will be friendly to developers as well? Slow down son! Wait what’s that? There’s the potential for modding as well? I think I may have just out-gasped myself.

Following on from that dev kit news, Microsoft’s Major Nelson was quizzed on Reddit whether or not the Xbox One could support modding. "It’s up to developers to support that,"Nelson answered.

These are two very different things.

Notice how Nelson doesn’t exactly downplay that idea of modding. Some of the best games in recent history have come from mods, from Portal through to Hot Coffee. Wait, scratch that last one, that’ll get me lynched.

But as Nelson correctly points out, it’ll be up to developers in the end. And not every single developer is eager to let gamers tinker away with their code. Still, with these new announcements and policy changes, the Xbox One could be a remarkably open console.

Here’s hoping that someone at Microsoft sees the genius in encouraging this idea.

Last Updated: July 25, 2013

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