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Everything you need to know about The Sims 4 for Consoles

After 6 years since the last Sims console release (The Sims 3 Pets), The Sims is coming back to a new generation of consoles. In about 3 months you’ll be able to play The Sims 4 in the comfort of your couch. The game is making its worldwide debut on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on November 17th, 2017.

Many players are wondering how exactly will this game work and if there are going to be any differences from the PC version. To sum up all of the answers to your questions, here’s everything you need to know about The Sims 4 for consoles:

1) It’s the same experience as The Sims 4 for PC. Well, almost…

There won’t be anything new in this console version like we had in previous console games (different stories, worlds, objects and so on). The Sims 4 for Consoles will give you the same experience as The Sims 4 for PC, minus The Gallery feature. The console version will bring the in-game game hub which we yet have to learn more about…

2) Updates

The Sims 4 for consoles will immediately come with all the updates and update content that have been releasing to The Sims 4 PC for the past 3 years. Not only that but the team plans to release new updates periodically, just like with the PC version.

3) There will be cheats

Unlike with previous console games which only came with a limited amount of cheats, The Sims 4 for consoles will bring almost every cheat from PC.

4) PC Packs will make their way to the Console

For the first time in the console history of The Sims there are going to be various packs sold for a console game. The Sims 4 will offer some of your favorite Expansion, Game and Stuff Packs that are currently available on PC. These packs will be available some time after the launch. There’s currently no information if all of the packs will make their way to consoles but we’ll get more information about DLC in the coming months…

5) This doesn’t (and won’t) affect the development of The Sims 4 for PC

A different team called Blind Squirrel is helping Maxis port the game to Xbox One and PS4, meaning that there won’t be any resources taken away from The Sims 4 PC development.

6) If you have TS4 on PC then you’re not missing out on anything

The sole purpose of The Sims 4 arriving to consoles is that more people get to enjoy the game. Not everyone owns a PC or is interested in spending money on expensive graphic cards, storage, and other hardware when they can just get a $400 console (an estimate of the current price of Playstation 4 on Amazon).

7) Editions

The Sims 4 for consoles comes in 2 editions: Standard Edition and Deluxe Party Edition. The standard edition comes with just the standard game while the Deluxe Party Edition comes with all the content shown below:

8) If you’re pre-ordering, you’re pre-ordering a finished game

Unlike with most games that you pre-order and get disappointed at the first day of the game’s launch due to lacking features (The Sims 4 PC in the first few weeks of the release is a perfect example), The Sims 4 for consoles is going to be a complete experience just like The Sims 4 PC version that is today. Plus, by pre-ordering any of the 2 editions you get The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff completely free! If you miss the pre-order you’ll be able to buy Perfect Patio Stuff after the launch.

By pre-ordering the Deluxe Party Edition you get to play the game 3 days earlier, starting November 14th!

9) All these editions and pre-orders are confusing

Here’s the edition comparison chart created by EA that’ll help you out:

10) EA Access members get to try the game much earlier

You’ll be able to try the trial of The Sims 4 on November 9th if you’re a member of EA Access, a subscription service which lets you play multiple games for just $5 a month.

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Jovan Jovic

Founder of the Sims Community website. I've been a Sims player for over 10 years and counting! My free time is usually spent in writing articles, graphic design and activism.

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  • Oh, great… Something else to distract the Sims’ creators from producing more AND good content… Instead of focusing on making Seasons and Pets now you’ve doubled the amount of work you need to get done for a single stuff pack that isn’t that much of an add-on to the game.

    I’m coming off as rude and I’m sorry for that but, honestly, there are so many wonderful things that remain undone for the Sims 4 and you aren’t focusing on them. Good on the console lovers though, nice that they were included in the franchise.

    • We definitely need both pets and seasons. And you have a great point that EA could focus more on adding to the game rather than making more work for themselves. In all honesty I don’t think the console think will turn out very well.

    • #5 said that the sims 4 console won’t take away from the sims 4 PC so seasons and pest will still come. Next time read the article.

    • They already said a different company is doing the port, SO the sim creators are not distracted and are focusing on more and good content since they are not the one working on console. If they are distracted, how come that the last 2 gamepacks have been praised for having depth and providing substantial gameplay for family and supernatural players?