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, because we've always found The Sims 4 to be temperamental on lots of computers and laptops that aren't quite powerful enough.
The good news is that we have hardly any time at all to wait for the new game to arrive on PS4 and Xbox One. The release date for both consoles is set to be 17 November 2017, and you can pre-order it right now from Amazon.
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.
"We’re really excited that for the first time we’re able to get the console and PC to parity, that it’s the same game experience, which we’ve never been able to do before," executive producer Lynsday Pearson told us at Gamescom.
She also explained why it's taken so long for The Sims 4 to make the leap from PC to console.
"We’re so focused in setting up The Sims 4 in a very different way. Our Sims 4 generation has been set up as a live service, so we’ve been doing way more updates, much more content than we’ve ever done for The Sims before, so we really were focused in spending all of our time on the PC and just putting all of that into it and being able to add more and more to it."
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.
Naturally, the controls are slightly different with a gamepad, but Maxis has done its best to make things feel natural and intuitive.
"It’s trying to look at ‘what do you want to access most often, what are you going to be doing the most, and how do we make that as accessible as possible?’" executive producer Lyndsay Pearson told us.
"I think the important thing is that even if we don’t get it exactly right, just like the PC is a live service, we’re committed to our console product as well, so we’ll tweak it as we go."
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.
"We don’t have any other DLC plans to talk about right now," Pearson told us at Gamescom, "but we’re obviously looking at all the things that we have on PC and how we can bring that to the console."
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.