ConsoleMods.org – The Heart of the Modding Community
Howdy! I’m Derf, one of the owners of ConsoleMods.org. You may recognize me as a moderator of one of many game console sub-reddits or from the Xbox Homebrew, PlayStation Homebrew, or SegaNet Discord. I’ve been around various console modding communities and am most known for making some large wikis on reddit over the last 7 years.
What is ConsoleMods.org?
ConsoleMods.org launched at the start of this year and is focused on guides and informational pages for console modding, repair, and restoration. It’s a wiki that is open for anyone to edit and is aimed at all consoles that aren’t current gen (due to Nintendo being litigious and XSX/PS5 lacking content). Lots of information has been lost to time with forum sites — like Xbox-Scene, AssemblerGames, psx-scene, or MaxConsole — dying off and Archive.org only capturing a fraction of their information. ConsoleMods will stand the test of time as it is backed by me, CrunchBite (who has maintained XLink Kai and their site for ~15 years), and Bob from RetroRGB.
We’re hoping to spread the word and foster a positive, collaborative community to preserve information before it is lost and work on new ideas with each other for new mods or repairs on both the site and our Discord.
MrMario2011 covered ConsoleMods.org in his recent ModChat podcast with a great summary/walkthrough:
Why make a wiki? Why not use forums?
Forums are a great place for discussion, both in the long-term and short-term. The wiki is not meant to replace forums, but rather be a place to universally collect the amazing information and guides that come out of places like forums, reddit, or Discords into one place that isn’t cluttered by a million other forum posts. The wiki is laid out in a way that you can find the information you’re looking for visually so that you don’t have to spend a ton of time digging through forums to find useful information. The site also includes a search tool plus features like dark mode and the ability to check off steps in a tutorial as you go.
What happened to the old reddit wikis?
You may have been familiar with the /r/ps3homebrew, /r/360Hacks, or /r/OriginalXbox wikis. ConsoleMods is the evolution of these wikis, as they are now open for everyone to contribute and out on full display instead of tucked behind a sub-reddit. The reddit wiki system was not ideal as the wiki tools were lacking and the experience was not consistent across different devices or apps.
How can I help?
- Make some edits! Editing the wiki is very simple, and I have created a short crash course on how to edit the wiki. You may notice a lot of crossed out links on the site – these are placeholders for guides to be created by someone like yourself. If you see any that interest you, take some time to do some research on it and verify steps or information and make a page. All edits go into a moderation queue to be checked over by our moderation team before they go live, so no need to worry about perfection as we can polish up the formatting or wording.
- Join our Discord and chat with others! You can always lend or receive help and come up with new ideas to put on the site to make a lasting impact on the scenes.
- Spread the word! A handful of dedicated people are currently contributing to the site, and the more people we have to help out the better the site will become.
Where can I report issues with the site?
If you see something that is incorrect on the site, feel free to edit it. If you see an issue with the site itself, such as dark mode issues or broken features, feel free to message me on Discord (@Derf#9561 or on the site discord ), Twitter, or leave a comment here.
If you or anyone else you know has knowledge to share, please do. This is a great way to give back to the community — for free! Even the smallest edits to fix things like typos are greatly appreciated.
Feel free to ask me questions here, I’ll try my best to respond to them all.