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Microsoft may be considering adding mod support to Xbox Live.

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A report by Wccftech points to a career posting on Microsoft’s official Careers site which hints that mod support may potentially be coming to Xbox platforms. The career title is that of a Senior Program Manager, who will be working on the Xbox division of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft’s corporate HQ in Redmond, Washington.

While the job description opens with a list of existing features of Xbox Live, it goes on to describe what appears to be a new initiative to enable mods on Xbox platforms:

“Team Xbox is looking for you to drive support on Xbox Live for game mods. You will have a unique opportunity to shape and bring to market a new set of services, tools and experiences allowing game developers to easily integrate mods into their games, communities of passionate fans to create and share awesome and engaging content for the games they love, while keeping everyone on the network safe from abusive content.”

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This is the first anyone has heard of Microsoft’s interest in game mods, particularly on Xbox platforms. It’s fair to say that the recent trend toward allowing mods though services such as Steam Workshop, the Bethesda Creation Club, and specific games such as Ark: Survival Evolved, has demonstrated a general interest in standardised mod support across console gaming platforms.

The job listing also suggests that this will very much be an opt-in program for third-party developers, as the requirements state:

“In this role you will need to be passionate about building great onboarding and developer experiences at scale. You will need to partner well with and influence big Studios as well as other organizations throughout Microsoft.”

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It’s not clear how user-created mods would be submitted and vetted through Microsoft, nor is it clear what authoring tools would be available to those users. Console platforms typically lock-down user generated content much more so than existing sites such as ModDB. Another interesting point to note is whether mods will be cross-platform compatible; with Microsoft’s newfound support for Windows 10 gaming, bringing over a number of previously Xbox-exclusive titles, it’s likely we could see standardised mod support continuing that trend.

Regardless, this is an exciting development, and one we will continue to keep you informed of as it develops. For now, let us know what Xbox games you’d like to download, or even create, mods for!

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Tallestdavid - - 975 comments

OMG great! loved mods on fallout 4 so this be amazing...

but I noticed console players hate mods.. but us PC players love it xD

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TheZealot - - 885 comments

"console players hate mods"
What, since when? This is news to me

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Tallestdavid - - 975 comments

ok more like the console players I know hate mods and hate it when I talk about how sexy my character is with mods... :c

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L3d - - 745 comments

when I just joined the win10 thing here we go omfg

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Gunship_Mark_II - - 4,866 comments

Can't wait for them to monetize mods too, because you know, it's Microsoft.

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Anthony817 - - 2,771 comments

The Dreamcast has some modded games, Half-Life has about a dozen mods on the system with hits like Paranoia, They Hunger Trilogy, U.S.S. Darkstar ect. Original Xbox had lots of great mods on many games. Microsoft should have known for years that people love making and playing mods, and it adds free value to the customer. I mean, games that are 20+ years old are still played often to this day because of mod tools.

Heck, I am making mods for my beloved Battlefield 2, and it is my favorite game in the series becasue we can continue adding value to the game for free for players. I stopped playing Battlefield 3 and 4 years ago becasue I can;t mod them. Battlefield 2 keeps me coming back for more and modding is highly addicting.

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OrangeNero - - 6,589 comments

Got a One X myself and like it pretty damn much. The Fallout 3 "remaster" on it plays fantastic unlike on PC.

Mods... only with a guarantee that they work fine so especially curated ones. Also without splitting up the MP.

There's two sides to mods.

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Guest - - 687,512 comments

the pc version can be modded to run well. the version runs pretty well with out mods. the did a few tweaks to it.

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gnear - - 129 comments

freedom to mod and consoles don't work together. walled gardens with so many restrictions it's just recoating the surface - thanks but nothanks

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BioDestroyer - - 2,857 comments

Wanna bet how much that it will be paid mods?

Bethesda showed there is potential for profiting out of mods and now, suddenly, Microsoft changes their views on mods.

They never cared about having mod support when it would have meant work to add the feature and no profit from it.

At least it shouldn't affect PC modding. But I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility yet.

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Larkuo - - 122 comments

I would love to get Long War 2 for my xbox one so I am on board.

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