The Xbox (Beta) app gets long-awaited mod support.
The Xbox (Beta) app went live in 2019 and acts as a hub for PC users to get access to the Xbox Store, Xbox Game Pass, social features, and much more. Microsoft updated it several times since then, adding a number of features and improving its performance constantly. The Xbox (Beta) app's latest update brings a much-requested feature, mod support.
The store allows you to play a number of titles that aren't available on Steam. Valve's gaming platform is known for its strong modding support, setting up the Steam Workshop for modders to share their creations. Microsoft's latest update will finally allow games to support mods created from the community. However, only the indie strategy title, Into the Breach, supports the newly added feature. Other titles might still need time to have the feature enabled.
Understandably, once you choose to "Enable Mods" for your favorite game, Microsoft lets you know they take no responsibility for the consequences of using mods on said title. There is no mod storefront built into the Xbox (Beta) app so if you want to use then you'll have to hunt them down from sites like Nexusmods. It is a brilliant move from Microsoft to support the modding communities for titles featured on their platform. There are titles similar to ARK: Survival Evolved that highly depend on their modding community to keep it alive.
Mod support was previously unavailable to titles launched through the Windows 10 and Xbox Store as the UWP system files weren't alterable. While this step isn't full file system access, it's still a step in the right direction.
In February 2019, Microsoft made a deal with publisher Paradox Interactive to launch the Paradox Mods platform. It allows the "distribution of user-created game mods across multiple platforms." The recent Xbox (Beta) app mod support goes hand-in-hand with the company's plans at the time. This hints towards a more integrated mod library into the store down the line for players to access.
Which title featured on the Xbox (Beta) store are you most excited to get mod support? What other features do you wish to see come to the app? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section down below.