The Sims 4 is now available for everyone with the release of The Sims 4 on Xbox One and PS4.
Let’s bypass the actual “review” of The Sims 4 because Bryan’s did it so well back in September 2014.
In this article I want to lay out the differences and similarities between The Sims 4 on PC and The Sims 4 on XBONE/PS4 so you know what you’re in for.
First up, kudos to EA Games for bringing The Sims 4 to the console. Not always an easy task or transition, but it is a great move for a PC game to come to the mainstream gaming in order to create a connection with all types of gamers. Finally, in 2017, three years after The Sims 4 was initially released on PC, it has now made it to consoles. I always have reservations about playing The Sims on consoles, mainly because I have been following this franchise for such a long time and I have learned that a console version will never come close to playing it on the PC. This time, while The Sims 4 Console has come a long way from previous versions, there is still something unsettling. Same same, but different.
Just by looking — I could not tell any differences from the Console or PC versions. Everything from the Game Interface, loading screens, Create-a-Sim, Live and Build Mode. When loading up The Sims 4 on Console, it feels the same as it did when The Sims 4 first came out. It has a fresh, untainted feeling. It’s smooth, loads fast and it feels quite comfortable to play while sitting in the lounge room for a change. In saying that; the game runs so similar to the PC version I actually had to remember that I was not in fact playing on my computer!
The best part? All the updates from The Sims 4 that were “missing” from the PC game’s initial release are already included in The Sims 4 Console. This means, pools and toddlers. You console gamers are spoilt! The primary downfall were that the controls are quite clunky and tough to get the hang of. Compared to PC and a simple click with a mouse, instead this time the game has an “assisted cursor” which can at sometimes be frustrating. Even with a few hours of gameplay, I still couldn’t get a hang of the controls.
There is no stopping EA Games with The Sims 4 on Console with Expansion Packs already available for download in-game, and some more on the way. At this stage, there is no “exclusive” content so I will happily continue playing The Sims 4 on my PC until Santa drops a PS4 and a capture card under my Christmas tree.