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The Community has separated into people who love and hate the First Person Camera (as expected)

On the second day of Sims Camp 2018 the entire group of simmers was greeted with a very interesting surprise during the presentation. Other than some general features from The Sims 4 Get Famous shown off by SimGuruNinja, SimGuruGraham hopped on the presentation stage to reveal a very interesting feature coming to The Sims 4 Base Game – the First Person Camera. Almost the entire crowd of simmers gasped (myself included) considering that it was a whole new way of playing The Sims 4. However, impressions about the feature slowly settled and it was interesting to listen to feedback from some of the Game Changers. Some were pleasantly surprised with this feature and couldn’t wait to get their hands on it while some were simply not into this addition which was completely understandable.

Keeping the First Person Camera a secret wasn’t too hard for me considering it’s just another fun feature coming along with a huge game update for The Sims 4 this November. However, I was (and still am) very excited to show it off and play with it once it fully comes out and I know a lot of people who feel the same. Still, I was in a very critical mind considering that the entire group of Game Changers has separated into people who love and people who hate this feature – there was almost no inbetween.

So, it didn’t come off as a surprise to me when the entire simming community started reacting differently to last night’s announcement. There were many tweets saying how the First Person Camera will completely change the way they play the game, some were wondering why The Sims Team even added any effort into creating this feature while some were simply not able to process the entire Maxis Monthly livestream due to vertigo – which, once again, is completely understandable.

Watching the Maxis Monthly Livestream Chat last night was definitely a rollercoaster – with people either describing the feature as “really cool” or as “completely useless”. Before I get into the good reactions, I’d like to point out the fact that the First Person Camera wasn’t created by a lot of people nor did it take any of the resources that would’ve possibly gone to some other features. Instead, the First Person Camera was developed by SimGuruGhost in his free time. As SimGuruSteve described, this mode was created out of curiosity and fun:

If it’s not absolutely, positively clear – first person camera was added by basically one person on his off time. It started as a joke working late one night and we added a little more official effort to polish it a little (camera smoothing, don’t draw the head, keyboard input)

Then, continued to add features on his own time like interactions, go here, releasing the mouse for ui, allowing the camera on pets, etc. At some point he was asked “If this will affect your Terrain Manipulation work, fpc can be cut” and Greg made sure it didn’t.


We asked our followers on Twitter on the topic of what they think about the First Person Camera Feature. Some people were really excited to play with it…

..some were either happy for others or disappointed in the feature and were left wanting more…

..while some were deeply concerned about how First Person Camera could (and did) trigger motion sickness.

Also, some could only think about what this feature could do with Wicked Whims (if you don’t know what that is we encourage you not to Google it if you’re below 18 years old)

Whatever your opinion on this feature is – remember that you’re not the only one who thinks that way which is perfectly okay. This is a feature developed during developer’s free time and it’s an optional addition that you can choose to play with 24/7 or just opt out completely by not pressing Shift + Tab.

The upcoming update for The Sims 4 will bring more than just the First Person Camera. So, if this feature is not your cup of tea, there’s plenty of more features that you’ll get to enjoy for free in just a couple of days!

About the author

Jovan Jovic

Founder of the Sims Community website. I do plenty of things around here including writing articles such as "Top 10 Disney Princesses in The Sims", social media management, video content creation, streaming and more!


  • I personally dont hate it, but Im glad I didnt get into the hype. It makes me dizzy which is weird since Im not prone to motion sickness. Definitely not a feature Im gonna use. I didn’t know what to expect, but Im glad I kept expectations low.

  • I personally LOVE this feature!

    I’m really happy to finally be able to pay attention to every detail of my house since i had to play with “walls off” and most of the decoration i put on walls just disappeared. Playing with “walls on” in 3rd person is literally useless since in closedd small rooms you barely can see a thing.

    So it’s a BIG yes for me and i’m seriously impressed since it’s a feature i always thought about!

  • I’m not super excited but I like the new feature for the opportunities it offers. I’m very looking forward to take a walk through Hogwarts – a building that took me ages to finish and I’m very proud of. And I’d also like to sit on the table together with my families while they’re having dinner and look straight in their faces while they are chatting with each other. If you use this feature consequently, the game can become a classical 1st person roleplay. Thies three aspects alone have the potential to be significant gamechangers. Furthermore there is the creative aspect: It will help me to furnish my buildings because I can see them through my sims’ eyes and – as Jovan already mentioned – machinimas might get more interesting.

    That’s a lot, especially when you remember that it was originally meant to be a joke.

  • I can’t use it because it makes me sick, but it’s pretty neat. I can’t imagine wanting to use it much, though, even if I could.

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