EA and Maxis have announced that The Sims 4 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this year, and that it’s going to be just like the PC and Mac version we know and love. This follows the news that The Sims Mobile is also coming this year, and we couldn’t be more excited.
When is The Sims 4 for PS4 and Xbox One coming out?
The Sims 4 was first released for PC in 2014, so this news something we’ve been waiting for for years. In fact, we’ve been waiting for it since way back in 2000.
The good news is that we have hardly any time at all to wait for the new game to arrive. The release date for both consoles is set to be 17 November 2017, and you can pre-order it right now from the likes of Amazon and GAME.
Pre-ordering The Sims 4 on either console will get you The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff pack, too.
Alternatively, you can pre-order The Sims 4 Deluxe Party Edition to get the game three days early, on 14 November. This Deluxe Edition will include special content in addition to The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff, including a Flaming Tiki Bar, outrageous costumes, silly animal hats and more.
If you want to get your hands on the game even earlier, you’ll be able to do so via EA Access. EA Access is the company’s subscription service for Xbox One, which lets you play unlimited EA games, get 10% off EA digital purchases on Xbox One, and enjoy trials of EA games before they’re released.
As part of EA Access, which costs £3.99 per month or £19.99 per year, you’ll be able to play The Sims 4 from 9 November.
Is The Sims 4 for consoles going to be like the PC version?
The Sims has been available for consoles in various forms in the past, but never as a full version that satisfies players of the PC and Mac version of the game. EA and Maxis has changed that with The Sims 4, which is set to be just like the PC version complete with expansion packs and other DLC as time goes on.
“From creating unique Sims and building amazing homes to developing Sim’s relationships and pursuing careers, The Sims 4 delivers the same emotional connection our PC players cherish to a new wave of console players,” EA said in a press release. “Fans will enjoy being empowered to create and control people in a vibrant virtual world as they experience life’s unpredictable, entertaining moments along the way.”
Lyndsay Pearson, Executive Producer at Maxis, added: “The addition of a console version of The Sims 4 has been long-awaited by fans and newcomers alike, and we at Maxis are beyond excited to bring The Sims to new platforms. The game delivers a beautiful The Sims experience on console and comes packed with tons of the fan-favourite content, so players can look forward to the unique gameplay, self-expression, and fun that have come to be the tentpoles of The Sims brand.”
The Sims 4 for PS4 and Xbox One gameplay features
You’ll be able to start by creating your very own unique Sims just like you can on the PC version. You can customise their hair and clothes, but also their personality, goals and traits, too.
Then, Build Mode will allow you to build a home for your Sims. We’re not entirely sure how this is going to work, yet, because EA has described Build Mode as ‘room-based,’ but we’ll update you on that when we find out more.
You’ll be able to explore the neighbourhood and venture beyond it to others, where you’ll find dynamic venues that you can visit to meet new Sims.
EA has promised that players will be able to look forward to additional content in the future, with new expansion packs, game packs and stuff packs just like those found in the PC version.
If you pre-order, you’ll get one of those stuff packs right away. The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff Pack will include hot tubs and “tons of bonus décor,” according to Maxis.