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PC Mods vs Console Mods: Which Are Better?

Ah, the wonderful PC vs Console debate makes its way back to us… but this time, it’s going to be in the form of mods. Now, if you aren’t a gamer, I bet you’re wondering, “Mods? What on earth are those?”

Well, to put it simply, mods are essentially “modifications” to video games which players create, sometimes to make the game better in some aspect which the developers didn’t utilize in the game’s normal version, or the “vanilla” version as “modders” call it. People also create mods which changes the models of the games, such as the playable character, NPCs (non-playable characters), and other objects like weapons and vehicles.

Before, only PCs could essentially allow users to mod video games to how they’d like, but as consoles have advanced through their generations, there are more and more opportunities to have mods available in some of their video games; more specifically, those video games being Fallout 4 and Skyrim.

But, which system’s mods are ultimately better? In this post, we’re going to go through the good and the bad of both system’s mods to find out properly which one may be the better one for you.

In Favour of Console Mods


One thing which console mods have the upper hand in when compared to PC mods is how simple and easy it is for a user to have one installed on either Fallout 4 or Skyrim. Going into Bethesda’s website (the company who made Fallout 4 and Skyrim), you will be able to choose from a list of mods for either the PS4, and the Xbox One; the PC platform can also be chosen from here too. From there, you can easily choose a mod which takes your fancy and download it with little to no hassle at all.

When it comes to getting mods on PC, they don’t get installed into your game automatically like console mods do… you will have to do it manually, which can be far more complicated for users than if they used console mods, which would install onto their systems automatically. While there are many mod distribution platforms for PC mods with plenty of content ready for you to download, there is just one very small problem…

Where the heck are you supposed to manually put it for it to work in your game?

If you’re fortunate enough, many mod developers place a little README file inside the mod folder which offers instructions for you on where to place the mod inside your game’s folder. Sometimes, however, this handy file isn’t anywhere to be seen and you will have to divert your time and effort into surfing the internet to find out where the mod needs to go.

With console mods, this kind of thing is practically non-existent, and after downloading the mod, it will immediately appear in the game, and ready for you to use. This is perfect for gamers who don’t want to face the hassle of manually placing mods inside their game’s folder on their hard drive as this will do it for them automatically.

Unfortunately, this is where the pros of console mods end because with everything else regarding modifying video games, the PC platform simply does it miles better than either of the current gen consoles…

In Favour of PC Mods


One thing you may have already caught on to is the fact that consoles only have 2 games in which mods are available for users to download and utilize; Fallout 4 and Skyrim. The PC platform, on the other hand, has tons of games which can not only be modded, but has many mods already made for it which users can scour through the internet and find to use for their own enjoyment.

For example, games like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Team Fortress 2 are just prime examples of PC games rich with modified content, either to make the game look better, to add extra content such as new weapons and maps to the game, or to just make the game’s UI more versatile. For example, TF2 allows you to change the way your HUD (heads up display) looks to make it more versatile or easier to look at.

While consoles can only have mods with Bethesda’s Fallout 4 and Skyrim, PC can have mods with not only these games as well, but with many others, and this is just one of the reasons why ultimately PC mods have the upper hand the majority of the time when compared to console mods.

Another big pro to PC mods is the very helpful and friendly mod community on the internet. If you are having any trouble with installing a mod, or help on making your very own mod with your favourite PC game, you will be pleased to know that many fellow modders will lend you a helping hand on the stuff you need to do.

As console modding is very minute and bare-bones, there isn’t a vast community of modders who would help you if you are facing any trouble with mods. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your answers won’t be on the internet… they certainly will be, but it may be more difficult as there won’t be a community to point you in the right direction.

And the final pro I should mention about PC mods is the sheer number of different websites there are out there where people upload their created mods onto for you to download and try out with the specific game they are for. Some of these sites include, Mod DataBase, which is packed full of mods for different games on PC and console, and Nexus Mods, which is another website filled with mods for specific PC games, the most notorious of them being some of the modern Fallout games and Skyrim.

Although you will have to manually place these mods inside your game folder, a large majority of these mods will have README files or other instructions telling you what to do to use them in the specific game they are for, so you shouldn’t have anything to worry about if you take the plunge into downloading PC mods.

Which Is Better?


So, now that we’ve learned what the pros are of both consoles and PCs for mods, the questions that stand now are which one is ultimately the better one, and which one is the right one for you? Well, it all depends really on whether you play Fallout 4 or Skyrim; it also depends on how well you are with reading instructions, or if push comes to shove take a gander around the internet in search of how to place mods inside your game’s contents.

If you really don’t want to mess around with placing files manually inside your game’s location on your hard drive, then you may be better off using console mods as the mods will be installed into your game automatically; however, you will be restricted with only Fallout 4 and Skyrim for the time being, and there has been no confirmation of other console games getting mods previously…

If, on the other hand, you don’t mind manually placing mods inside your game, and want to have total freedom and the ability to mod hundreds and hundreds of games available to you, then you will be better off with the old school PC mods. Furthermore, you won’t be restricted space wise with the mods either, so you can have as many mods for your PC games as your hard drive allows.

Conclusion


And there we have it; the differences between console and PC mods, and which one of them will be the better one for you and other players. I hope you enjoyed this post about video game modifications; they’re one of my favourite things about the PC platform as there are just so many of them out there for you to download and use with your games.

If you have any pros of your own about console or PC mods which I may have missed, then please don’t be afraid in commenting them down below in the comments section. 😉

Happy gaming!

Jamie – the PC Gaming Nerd

Jamie

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