November 2017 - last edited June
Edited (June 2020) - With the latest patch, we have added a new Controls Overlay Reminder that shows up throughout CAS, Gallery, Live Mode and Build Mode which should make it easier for new Simmers to jump in and not need to remember all the controls.
If you don’t want to be reminded and you know all the controls by heart, you can turn off the Controls Overlay Reminder in the Game Options > Other menu
We have seen quite a few questions and discussions surrounding the controls so I thought this is the perfect opportunity to put our heads together and share some tips & tricks regarding controls.
I'll start with the basics and a few not so basic, if you have tips of your own to share drop a post below. I will keep updating this post with all the new tips that come in
BASIC CONTROLS FOR XBOX
Create a Sim (CAS):
BASIC CONTROLS FOR PLAYSTATION
Create a Sim (CAS):
Are you missing something in the list? Let us know!
You can rotate the contents of the lot (the house itself and garden items), using the moving option you will find in the top of the screen while in build mode:
There's not a 'manual mode' for map view, and some players have reported experiencing something very similar: https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/PS4-Problem-with-travel-Can-t-select-certain-lots/m-p/6448755#... If you read that thread and it's exactly the same, you might want to press 'Me too' or if you have information to add, join the conversation.
Why do you have to switch back to the cursor after you tap on something, it makes no sense what so ever especially since the cursor itself can literally do EVERYTHING. Having to switch back to cursor once you tape on something is why people HATE the controls for this game, me included. I don't understand why EA did this, but they need to fix it
January 2018 - last edited January 2018
Please, give this a try:
Toggle between grid / half grid / free object placing:
This will allow you to place objects outside the grid.
Xbox: Press the left trigger (LT)
PlayStation: Press L2