There's been a lot of speculation about whether everyone's favourite subject - Skyrim mod support - would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, following a leak of product information that seemed to suggest it would - but even if it does, would the experience be any good?
Lets assume for a moment that the Switch version of Skyrim, which I personally don't have much excitement for right now, given how inferior it will be compared to the recent Special Edition release, does have mod support - that experience is likely to be limited by the hardware of the Switch, and Nintendo's desire to control their platform. What could we realistically expect?
First of all, games for the Switch will be released on cartridges, or more accurately, a proprietary form of memory card. Nintendo seem to be taking the stance that this will be the main way that consumers will acquire games for the device, as the console will only ship with a rather small - by today's standards - 32GB of storage. Given my iPhone has 128GB of storage, this puts into perspective just how little internal storage this console has.
Although it's expandable via SD storage, that medium is not a particularly good one for fast transfer speeds of large files. It therefore seems likely to me that any mod support that the console may have is going to be severely limited when it comes to the number of mods you can have installed, much like the issues that dogged the PS4 version of Fallout 4.
The second issue is Nintendo themselves, they are no doubt going to be very cautious about what mod authors are going to be allowed to do on their new platform, especially as Nintendo's consoles have suffered from prolific piracy issues in the past - indeed, they've traditionally been the easiest and most popular consoles to pirate games for, especially in recent years.
These two things combined makes me wonder whether we'll see a very limited version of mod support, similar to the PS4 or worse - if the feature makes it to the console at all. Much like the PS4 scenario, Nintendo can always step in at any time and put a kibosh on the whole idea.
It remains to be seen what comes of the rumours, as Bethesda and Nintendo are both staying mum on the topic for now - but it seems very likely to me that the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim is going to be the least preferable version for anything other than casual fans of the series.
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