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The Sims 4 Addresses Xbox Fan Feedback

After collecting feedback from The Sims 4 players, we have made some big changes to the Xbox version of the game.

By popular demand, we’ve reversed some previous changes to Build Mode and made other improvements. Most of these improvements are related to controller buttons – to create a more seamless play experience, we’ve tried to make the functions of buttons more consistent across different game modes. Here’s what’s new:

Bumper Button Functionality

It used to be that the bumper buttons would have different functions depending on what mode you were in. In CAS (Create a Sim), the buttons switched between Sims, while in Live Mode, they would adjust how quickly time passed.

Now, the bumper buttons will switch between Sims in both CAS and Live Mode. Game speed in Live mode can be adjusted with the triggers.

Build Catalog Changes

The Build Catalog will now minimize when you select an object to place. This will let you see more of your current build while you decide where to place the new object.

When you return to the Build Catalog you will now automatically return to the objects you were looking at most recently. This will make it easier to jump back into what you were doing, creating a faster building and decorating process.

Build Mode Object Rotations

Windows, doors, and tiles used to rotate differently than other objects in Build Mode. They used Y instead of the right and left bumper buttons. We’ve changed this to bring them more in line with the way other objects are handled. Now you’ll be able to rotate these using the right and left bumper buttons, the same way you’d rotate anything else.

Instead of rotating your doors and windows, the Y button will now allow you to place multiple. With tiles, the Y button will be used to toggle between placing a single tile or tiling the floor of an entire room.

Switching Cursor Modes

You can now change cursor modes using the View button.

New Shortcuts

We’ve added a lot of new shortcuts. For example in CAS you can press up on the d-pad to jump to the identity panel and down on the d-pad to add or remove Sims from your household.

Live mode shortcuts before (left) and after (right) the update.

Gallery Connection

The Gallery is currently down for some planned improvements. When it comes back, Simmers playing on Xbox will need to link their accounts to their EA accounts to access it. You can do this easily by going to Options > Game Options > Other and selecting Link EA Account.

While you’re getting used to these changes, it’s a good idea to go to the Other section under Game Options and enable Show Controls Legend. If you don’t like on-screen prompts, you can also bring up the Controller Overlay by pressing L3. We’ve cleaned up the Controller overlay so that it will no longer display excess or inaccurate button callouts.

Besides these improvements, we’ve also fixed a lot of bugs in this update that were affecting Xbox players. For example, we’ve made it possible to resize objects in Build Mode again. Press and hold LT+RT while holding the object, then press right or left on the d-pad to adjust the object’s size. We’ve also fixed a bug that was causing the cursor to vanish after using the Relationships panel, one preventing lots from being rotated if you’ve used Move Lot, another that was locking controls when viewing venue information for a lot placed from My Library or the Gallery, and a whole lot more.

Overall, we are confident these changes will make gameplay a lot more intuitive for our Xbox Simmers. We are grateful to our community members for their feedback. Read the full patch notes here.

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