Modding is quite rare on consoles, and only Bethesda supports it at the moment in Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. However, that's about to change in a major way. Today, renowned strategy game publisher Paradox Interactive joined forces with Microsoft to launch "Paradox Mods," a new independent modding platform for Xbox One and PC. It doesn't appear to support PlayStation 4 at the moment.

According to the companies, Paradox Mods is the "first-ever open modding platform that enables distribution of user-created game mods across multiple platforms." It's available right now as a free update to Surviving Mars. If you're a mod creator, you can easily share your work with players on Xbox One and PC — using GOG or the Paradox Launcher — with a single upload. Unfortunately, only Surviving Mars supports this at the moment, but other titles from Paradox will be updated this year.

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Launching with over thirty mods tested and ready for console players for Surviving Mars, Paradox Mods includes projects from recognized creators within the modding community such as Silva and ChoGGi.

Modding is considered a staple in PC gaming so it's great to see that it's expanding to consoles. This is one of the main reasons why certain gamers prefer to play on PC. Do you play Surviving Mars? Will you try out the mods? Let us know.

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