Jealous of your PC friends creating mods for their version of Fallout 4? Your envy won't plague your sleep for much longer: Bethesda has announced via Twitter that a closed beta for mod creation on Xbox One will begin following the May 19 release of Far Harbor, the third DLC expansion for Fallout 4.
PS4 owners must wait just a little longer, however, as modding tools won't be available on Sony's platform until June.
It will be interesting to see how console players take to Fallout 4's modding tool set. In the same tweet regarding Xbox One's closed beta, Bethesda boasted that one million mods have been downloaded in the few short weeks since the tools went into open beta on PC. But, of course, that's to be expected. The PC is ripe for modification since players either create their own tools or wait for publishers to hand them over, as is the case with Fallout 4.
GameSpot raised an interesting point, however. Many of Fallout 4's mods on PC have crossed the fine line between fair use and copyright violations: characters from AAA titles like Metal Gear Solid 5 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been known to pop up in Fallout 4 on PC. Those examples are benign, since they could be considered homages to other fan-favorite games.
But another mod imported the Notorious B.I.G. and many of his songs into the game, something that console manufacturers typically guard against.
We'll see what Xbox One players have in store for fellow survivors when Fallout 4's mod tools enter open beta later this month.