A modern classic is about to be released on Xbox One and PS4. Yep, Skyrim, and the always fantastic Elder Scrolls theme is back.
On Friday, Skyrim fans on console can see why the PC version of Skyrim still has more than 40,000 concurrent players nearly five years after its release. Mod support is coming to both consoles. But there is one significant difference.
Bethesda recently updated a FAQ highlighting again one of the key differences between mod support on the two consoles.
The FAQ states:
“Note on Mods: For Skyrim Special Edition, Mods will reserve 5 GB and 1 GB of space on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively.”
This limit highlights the major difference between the two versions.
External assets can be used for Xbox One, but not PS4
In a post announcing mods were coming to PS4 after all, Bethesda made it clear you cannot upload external assets with PlayStation 4 mods. Xbox One mods are not bound by this. It’s also the reason we see the disparity between mod sizes.
Skyrim Special Edition PS4 mods can use in-game assets. Since in-game assets don’t take as much space, the 1 GB limit shouldn’t be much of an issue.
What it does mean is none of the sheer absurdity from Ultimate Skyrim for PS4 players.
Xbox One players will be limited to 5 GB. That’s up from the 2 GB restriction in Fallout 4.
UPDATE: Mod pages for both Xbox One and PS4 are up. Remember, PS4 mods cannot use external assets. But they can add in-game assets to other locations.
The remastered is the same outside of mods, but
While mods are the chief selling point for many fans looking to revisit Skyrim, Bethesda is making improvements under the hood for both consoles. This includes:
Remastered art and effects
Volumetric lighting (“God Rays”)
Dynamic Depth of Field
New snow and water shaders
But the PS4 is at a distinct disadvantage with the lack of external assets in mods.
It all depends on why you want Skyrim Special Edition in the first place. If mods are the strong selling point, the Xbox One version has a clear advantage. After that, it’s mostly tied to which console you own/play the most on.
Missed out on Skyrim at launch? I wish I were you. You are going to be in for a treat.
Just want the best graphics? Then, the PS4 version is probably the one for you. Especially if you plan on getting the PS4 Pro. Skyrim Special Edition will be one of the games supporting PS4 Pro with native 4K support. Now you can see what that 4K TV is really capable of.
Bethesda also plans to add the same PS4 Pro support to Fallout 4 following Skyrim’s release.
Did the words, “play mods on consoles” get you pumped from the trailer? Xbox One version all the way. If you’re just in it for the best graphics, grab yourself a PS4 Pro.
I’ll be pulling a few late nights with the Xbox One version this weekend. Which version are you getting?