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The Sims 4 Console: How To Set Up Keyboard & Mouse Controls

The most recent patch for The Sims 4 on console brought the addition of being able to play with a keyboard and mouse. While a keyboard and mouse is the more traditional way of playing The Sims, for console players it is a very much welcomed feature. Not only that it also opens up more freedom and flexibility when creating builds on console.

Note: You will still need your PlayStation 4/Xbox One controller to press X/A when you first load into The Sims 4

PlayStation 4

  • Simply plug in your keyboard and mouse in and the PlayStation 4 should automatically recognise both devices.
  • Load up your game and you are good to go.
  • If you want to change the response time or delay rate of either of the two devices you can hop over into Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard or Mouse and make changes there.

Xbox One

  • Simply plug in your keyboard and mouse in and the Xbox One should automatically recognise both devices.
  • Load up your game and you are good to go.
  • If you want to change the sensitivity of the mouse you can hop over into Settings -> Kinect & Devices -> Mouse and make changes there. Xbox One automatically detects the keyboard and does not offer any further settings within the console settings screens.

Don’t forget, once you are in game you can also change some of the game’s camera settings to suit your playstyle.

Now, if you have played The Sims 4 or any earlier The Sims games on PC/Mac before, playing with a keyboard and mouse on console is pretty much how you would expect it to be. The controls, shortcuts and accessing the cheat box is also the same.

However, if you are new to playing The Sims 4 on console using a keyboard and mouse to play the game it is really easy to adjust to using the different control layout. When you hover over certain tools, the game will also tell you the correct shortcut for when you are using keyboard and mouse too.

Overall it is really straightforward to set up keyboard and mouse controls for The Sims 4 on console and it only takes a few moments to do too!

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  • I am using (ps4) remote play on my MacBook. I don’t have a cord (yet) to connect my controller to said MacBook. I have to use my keyboard to control my sims game but I am unaware of how to do so. If anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks