One of the pro-PC arguments I hear frequently is that Skyrim on Xbox cannot run mods.
I will point out that the rules are sketchy when it comes to modding a save while connected to Xbox LIVE. Modding a save for a game that can be played online could end in a ban, but modding a save on a profile you've created that IS NOT Xbox LIVE enabled, won't result in a ban.
If you still don't believe that an Xbox save can be modded, feel free to watch the following video I created:
So do you fancy messing with the unknown to make something new and exciting to play with? Read on to explore to wonderful world of Xbox modding.
Before we begin, make sure you have the following:
· A USB memory
· Skyrim for Xbox 360
· Winrar - To open and extract the VGI Goodies file
· The VGI Goodies file: Which includes Modio and a Skyrim Gamesave [Click Here]
· A basic understanding of PC terminology
What will the save do?
· Allow the reader to play as a Khajiit-Greybeard
· Have every in-game spell, developer spell, in-game player shouts and dragon shouts
· Have zero cooldown for all shouts
· Have a modified Proudspire Manor with access to every weapon/armour in the game thanks to a save created by YouTube Veteran Scottish Urban
Begin by turning on your Xbox with the USB memory stick inserted. Once loaded create a profile and do NOT set up Xbox LIVE.
Once created head over to the Settings tab (on the far right) and format the memory stick so that it can work on an Xbox. It may take a few minutes to format depending on what memory stick you’re using.
Upon completion load up Skyrim by clicking play game. Select your newly formatted USB memory card when asked for a device, select new game and play to a point where you can save to the memory card.
Don't over-think the previous step, just boot, select USB memory card, play until you can save.
When the save has finish saving, turn the Xbox off and remove the USB memory card.
Now move to your PC and extract the VGI Goodies file to somewhere on your PC. I extracted the file to my desktop for ease.
Once completed you should have a folder, open the folder and you should see a file named “Save 654 - VGI Proudspire Manor 08.51.50.ess” and a folder named “Modio”.
This is where you can plug in your USB memory stick to your PC. Any pop-ups (like what do you want to do?) can be closed and ignored.
Once plugged in, you can open the Modio folder (located in the VGI Goodies File). You should see another file in here also named Modio that has a blue icon with an 'M' on. Double click this file to launch Modio and wait for it to load.
NOTE: Modio may require different Microsoft Framework to run. If it doesn't run first time, try right clicking Modio and select “run as administrator”. If it still doesn't boot, read through the read me file for information on what you could be missing.
Modio should load a rectangular box with several options. You want to click where it says “Open from a device”.
A window should open with a square followed by a seemingly random selection of numbers. This is your Xbox profile on your memory stick. Double click the title under where it says name. This should now show you Skyrim, now double click that. You should now be looking at your game save.
Simply double click the name of your save and a new window will open representing your save.
[Here is where you need to pay attention.]
In the new window you will see two options next to one another: General File Info and File Contents. Click on File Contents.
You should be confronted by Savegame.dat. Right click on Savegame.dat and select Replace File from the menu that appears.
This will open a window showing you the contents of your PC. Navigate to where you extracted “ Save 654 - VGI Proudspire Manor 08.51.50.ess” from the VGI Goodies file (I extracted the file to my desktop for ease) and select it by double click the file.
IMPORTANT: You may think we're done. Not quite yet. The Xbox doesn't like your save and won't run it as it is, so we need to give it some love.
Where you see General File Info and File Contents. Now click on General File Info.
At the bottom of the window should be button named Rehash and Resign, click on this and count to three.
Now it will work without a hitch.
Finish up by navigating up slightly and clicking Save to Device and double clicking the profile that pops up.
You're now ready to transfer the USB memory stick back into your Xbox and load up my modded save, that is now your modded save.
If it works, congratulations! This can sound overly complex, so expect to fail a few times on your road to greatness. Trust me, once you've done it a few times, it'll become second nature.
If parts of this guide sound simplistic, that's not my intention. I think modding is great fun, who doesn't want to have infinite Stamina? The reason there's reuse of sentences and lots of bolded words is to try and help everything stick a little bit easier and make as much sense as it can.
Like this guide? Be sure to let us know what you're up to in the comments, and show your appreciated by clicking Like and Tweeting it to your Xbox buddies and if you’ve got any request, let us know in the comments and I’ll try to make a new save each week based on popularity.
You must not:
· Exploit a bug, or make an unauthorized modification, to any software or data to gain unfair advantage in a game, contest, or promotion.