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The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [January 31st, 2019]

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Update: 01/31/2019 – v1.13

 

Hello Simmers!

 

Happy New Year! What do you mean that was over a month ago? How is it February already? Anyway, we are on track to keep our New Year's resolutions on track with this update that kicks off 2019 with new features for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Simmers along with even more content coming, like Get Famous.

 

 

What’s New?

  • Ever wanted to create your own secret subterranean base or mountain top lair? No? Just us? Well, whatever you chose to do you can do it with the new terrain manipulation tools. To start having greater control of your builds simply: Select Build > Terrain Tools then select the shovel icon and get landscaping.
  • Sometimes I sit back and think what it must be like being a Sim living in a Sims’ world. Then we added first person view into The Sims 4 and now I can see everything my humanoid Sims see, from their perspective. Simply select your preferred Sim and press and hold R3 (PlayStation 4) / RS (Xbox One) for a second and you’ll see the world through your Sims’ eyes. Press and hold again to return to the normal view of the world.
  • Your Sim can start their career as a Style Influencer. Starting out as an observer and reporter of currents trends, you’ll work your way up to defining what all the coolest Sims are wearing.
  • Millie Bobby Brown is visiting The Sims 4 and is available in My Library to add to your Worlds.
  • Baby Ariel hoodie, sweatshirt and crop top clothing options are ready to attire your Sims in CAS.
  • We have a whole new tutorial system which should help new Simmers , and perhaps even veteran Simmers, get to grips with the game, the controls and features of The Sims 4 that you might not have known about.
  • There is a whole lot of celebration going on in the Holiday Celebration Pack with new objects, decorations, clothing and a Yeti, or if you opt for it in a different color scheme, a Bigfoot. You can quickly find all the new Holiday Pack items by using the filter in the sort options.
  • If you don’t feel like celebrating just yet, there are new hair styles, clothing items and even new recipes for your Sims to cook.
  • When someone asks you what you do for a living, do you tell them the truth or do you come up with something more exotic like “Social Media Influencer”? If you can’t bring yourself to explain, fear not as you can now name your own career. Simply use your Sim’s phone to Register with the Ministry of Labor, and add the job title and description to whatever suits your lifestyle.
  • Lin-Z, The Sims’ very own Smart Speaker. Listen to music, play trivia, order a pizza and control your lights with this new gadget to name a few of the Features of the Future!.
  • There is a new “Show Whims” option that you can find in the Game Options menu under Gameplay. Show or hide your Sims’ whims at your whim.
  • The Simology Panel has had an overhaul. Now you can expand and collapse sections of the panel to show the information that is the most important to you while hiding everything else until you need it.
  • The Relationship Panel has a new filter so not only can you can see who are your real friends and family but you can filter your relationships to show who are your Coworkers.
  • MORE community created creations, including some from our very own SimGurus, have been added into My Library for you to enjoy. As SimGuruJill’s CletusBobs would say, Wooooo Dawggy!!!

General Issues

  • When you take the hammer to your Lot you probably don’t always want to remove individual objects one at a time. Select and drag will now allow you to remove larger areas of objects in one go. Of course, you can still remove one at a time, if you prefer.
  • Collecting things is always fun and did you know, The Sims 4 has lots of Collections to complete? For example, you can not only collect all ten Sugar Skulls, you can show them off with pride in their own display case.
  • Gardeners were very particular about when they would come and tend your garden, usually when your plants were almost dead. Now, you can hire a gardener if you have plants on your lot.
  • Randomly generated neighborhood Sims have expanded their tastes in clothing and won’t limit their choices to just City Living and Vampires.
  • Some Sims just aren’t fans of the sunshine and would rather live underground, if they could. Well two levels doesn’t leave a lot of room to get away from the world, how about FOUR levels deep? You got it.
  • Children who need help from another Sim to spray a monster under their bed could previously only select from Adult aged Sims. They can now select from Sims of other ages as well.
  • Foundations on buildings were previously lit upside down. Now they’re lit right-side up!

Get to Work

  • Retail counters that become dirty can now be cleaned once again.
  • Doctors will no longer be assigned a nurse’s outfit as their work clothes when reaching level 7 of their career.
  • As a detective, attempting to fingerprint a criminal that’s inside a jail cell will no longer cause the detective to idle in place.
  • Male Sims wearing steel toed boots paired with a skirt (I don’t understand the world of fashion) would previously have their legs disappear.
  • Scolding a Sim for inappropriate behavior while on an owned retail lot will no longer cause your own Sim to become uninvited and unable to access the building’s interior on their retail lot.
  • The “Lice Cold Retail Freezer”, and the “Cat Loves Food Inc. Professional Grade Warming Rack” will once again update their appearance when food is placed inside them.

Get Together

  • Baristas will now leave the Cafe lot once their work shift is over.

City Living

  • Haggling over prices with vendors at stalls will now result in the correct price being displayed that the household will actually be charged.
  • Holiday decorations (requires The Sims 4 Seasons) that can’t be removed will no longer appear on apartment balconies.
  • Tricksy little gnomes will no longer spawn outside your apartment unit during the Holiday Gnomes tradition (requires The Sims 4 Seasons).
  • Made improvements to simulation lag in certain San Myshuno neighborhoods.
  • Plants at festivals will grow harvestables that are ripe for picking once again.

Cats & Dogs

  • Cats do as they please, they shouldn’t ever get stuck on the top of surfaces if you lecture them about jumping on surfaces. Doesn’t mean they won’t jump on surfaces when you aren’t looking though.
  • You want a particular color of whiskers on your cat? So be it, your cats will retain the whiskers color you assign to them in Create-a-Sim.
  • Elbows should only bend in certain, expected, ways regardless of what T-Shirt you are wearing.

Seasons

  • Sims will no longer have difficulty decorating the Ever Delightful Evergreen Holiday Tree when it’s placed adjacent to certain wall decorations.
  • Sims may now WooHoo in leaf piles that build up outside of a lot.
  • When raining, NPCs will now correctly put their umbrellas away when going indoors on venues.
  • Father Winter will no longer choose to move into a home in your town.
  • Each color of the “Umbri Umbrella Rack” now costs the same amount of simoleons to purchase.
  • Gnomes will no longer break unbreakable objects.

Outdoor Retreat

  • When using Manage Worlds to edit a lot in a destination world, the Build Mode catalog will no longer show debug items without using a cheat.

Dine Out

  • Repairmen that are called to restaurants will now properly fix any broken objects on the lot.
  • The Jazz radio station is now available on all stereos.

Vampires

  • Vampires will no longer attempt to “break in” to venues, which was previously preventing players from traveling or saving their game during the break in.
  • Vampires who started burning in the sunlight while traveling away from home will no longer continue to burn when returning home and retreating inside.
  • Adjusting a Vampire’s Dark Form can no longer occasionally cause issues with the Sim’s other outfits.
  • Vampires will no longer automatically help themselves to a plate of food after cooking a Family or Party sized meal.

Parenthood

  • German and Polish Simmers, we have good news. You can now use the Volunteer option in your Sims’ phone and give Sim time to the cause that appeals to you the most.
  • The low hanging “Mason Multi-Jar Lighting” will no longer cause Sims to route fail when placed in rooms using medium height walls.

Jungle Adventure

  • Sims will no longer receive invites to the bar in Selvadorada, which would previously leave them stranded in the jungle.
  • Only one protective item will now be consumed at a time when it’s used to save a Sim from various animal attacks while exploring the jungle of Selvadorada.
  • The Latin Music radio station is now available to select on cheaper stereos.
  • The Cantina venue in Selvadorada will continue playing festive Latin music, even if your Sim chooses to not pay their household bills on time.
  • Sims will no longer route fail when attempting to unpack their sack lunch while exploring the hidden areas of Selvadorada.
  • The explorer shirt will no longer cause oddly colored patches of skin to appear on the back of Sims’ necks.
  • Tooltips on relics should now correctly appear after a Sim has learned about the relic’s curse or blessing.
  • The value of a relic that has a crystal inserted into it will now display properly in the relic’s tooltip to include the value of the crystal.
  • We tightened up the graphics on the Selvadorada map icon.

Kids Room Stuff

  • Songs on the Tween Pop radio station are now labeled with the correct artist and song title.

PlayStation 4

  • We found that bloom effects on the PlayStation 4 weren’t working as intended, now they do... Blooming lovely!

 

I expect you probably want to go and try out those new features so it’s time to close this out and let you dig in.

SimGuruLegacy

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The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Nov 14th]

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Update: 11/14/2017 – v1.01

 

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Hiya Simmers,

 

So here we are on a momentous day! The Sims 4, on your TV, with a controller! Did you ever think this day would come?! Don’t answer that, it was rhetorical.

 

Like every special day there is a huge amount of research, planning, work, and running around like mad lemmings that goes into it. This is our recital, and it was important for us to rock it, right on time. Things are bound to get missed, or sometimes, turn out… unexpectedly. Otherwise, I wouldn’t get the opportunity to write you all these little notes. And, I cherish these notes.

 

So, what happened was: we fixed some stuff. Lots of stuff. I mean, a normal amount of stuff, for a game of this size, right? All with the goal of making this play and look really darned awesome on your TV. There’s so much here and you want to get on with playing, so here are the highlights:

 

  • Controls. We think they’re very vital. They’re tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky…
  • Crashes. Zoom in with the camera and turn it all about. Install, uninstall, reinstall, and shake it all about. Dance the Hokey Pokey with the network cable. It won’t crash -- now, that’s what it’s all about! (Disclaimer: Do anything not listed here and it might crash. Let us know if it does.)
  • Some things looked wonky. We unwonkified it, mostly anyway.
  • Everyone can now use the Holiday Celebrations Pack. No more age restrictions on ugly holiday sweaters.
  • Teens now have the right number of trait buttons. But really, how many buttons do we need for surly, know-it-all, professional eye-roller?

Until we chat again folks, stay Sims.

 

Yours truly,

SimGuruCleaningLady

 

 

Source: https://help.ea.com/en-us/help/the-sims/the-sims-4/the-sims-4-updates-console/

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The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Nov 21st]

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Want to know about the most recent updates to The Sims 4 for console? Keep checking back for the latest patch notes!

 

Update: 11/21/2017 – v1.02

 

Saves are better now.

-SumGuruCleaningLady

 

 

Source: https://help.ea.com/en-us/help/the-sims/the-sims-4/the-sims-4-updates-console/

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The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Dec 14th]

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Update: 14/12/2017 - v1.03

 

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Howdy Simmers. Nice spread you got here for the holidays. To add to your eggnog and cheer, I have some delightful updates for you. A smattering of stocking stuffers, if you will. Snowy the Sandman, Surfin’ Santa, and Flip-Flop Wall Lights to brighten your décor. It’s just like Christmas but in the Summer. Come to think of it, it’s just like normal in Australia!
 
What’s in the stocking:
 
• ‘Soft, what light through yonder window…’ we improved the ambient lighting system, meaning the sun can shine through windows now.
• Not all Save files are created equal, or even at the same time.
• Sometimes you just want to pick up where you left off by hitting PLAY. Wait… what save was I playing last time? Looks like I can just hit PLAY and see.
• Woo! you can search for sinks again without un-placing your toilet.
• Master Volume settings are respected between game sessions. No more unexpectedly waking the rest of the house up with the sounds of…well… you know… anything.
• More reliable Tracer movement and improvements to the Virtual Cursor. I’ve got nothing to say about this; it is what it is.
• Am I the only one that makes laser noises when zooming around the screen? Well, now in-game noises will match better and drown you out.
• Improvements to hover tips being displayed at the correct times. We’re working on it kids. There’s a lot of hover tips.
• After you rotate an object in your house, why not copy the room and walls and expand to have more room to move around?
• Placing live wall art can be tricky, especially if you aren’t told where it can’t go. Now we’ll guide you in where it looks best.  Everyone’s a critic, even the walls. They’re a bit easier to understand now, though.  Of course, you could enable the bb.moveobjects cheat and put it where you feel it looks best.
• The Personality Panel tutorial won’t interrupt you anymore when you’re creating a Sim through Manage Worlds
• Like to move it, move it? Now you can.  If you want to Move House after using Move Lot, you can.  Just remember to always back it up, back it up.
• Removing the last item from a category in My Library won’t result in partial loss of functionality.  This is why I never made it as a surgeon: Is this heart-shaped bit important? Oh. Oh, OK, let’s put that back then…”
• Adjusting the placement of your mailbox won’t prevent you from placing other objects.
• Using the Eyedropper tool no longer disables controller buttons.
• Rotating rooms will no longer cycle the Build Mode catalog at the same time.  I like multitasking as much as anyone, but we have to draw the line somewhere.
• Flooring controls will continue to work after placing a floor pattern from a Styled Room. Even though that pattern really tied the room together, now you can use other patterns in other rooms.
• Backing out of holding an object from a Styled Room will no longer cause loss of functionality.  If you drop something, you’ll be able to keep using your fingers now.
• While we don’t always agree with everyone’s design choices, we shouldn’t be the only judge of taste, so go ahead and select the Design Tool after managing a Styled Room.  (We might still judge, but quietly. You know we’re watching you, right?)
• Exiting the Bride or Groom picker will no longer cause an unhappy ending.  No, that WASN’T a sign from the universe that I was making the wrong choice.
• If you return to the Main Menu from the Objects by Function section, then that is your choice and we accept that.  Shopping can be a daunting task, but now you can move if you just decide you have had enough of it.
• Not a speck of coal here.
 
Cheers!
SimGuruCleaningLady
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The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [October 31st]

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Want to know about the most recent updates to The Sims 4 for console? Keep checking back for the latest patch notes!

 

Update: 10/31/2018 – v1.12

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Hello Simmers!

‘Tis the Seasons to be jolly, almost! As we approach the end of the year, we looked at some of the more requested features from console Simmers to bring to this update. As well as feature requests, we focused on stability improvements and prepare your Sims for one of the most requested packs. Let’s jump in to what’s new.

What’s New?

  • The Main Menu is important - you can start a new game, resume an existing game, see what packs you have, check the control scheme and… that's about it. Turns out that you wanted to do more, so how about switching which pack background you see? While on the Main Menu simply press Left or Right on the Right Stick to cycle through the backgrounds from The Sims 4 game and some of the packs you have installed. Best thing, your preferred background will be there the next time you return to the Main Menu.
  • To Save or not to Save? That is the question! For some Simmers, 5 saves was not enough so we have bumped that up to a 10 save capacity plus your Autosave.

General Issues

  • Some of the tutorials contained images that were inexplicably different sizes; we did a pass and now they are perfectly aligned.
  • Autosaves should always be represented by a portrait of your Household, but there were some opportunities for it to be blank. We have refocused our cameras and readied the photographer to generate accurate Household images for your save games.
  • Glass Roofs weren’t quite as glass as we would have liked with sunlight not reacting as we would have hoped. With a bit of polish, the glass lets the light shine through just like you would expect.
  • Oakenstead and Cypress Terrace in Willow Creek are some of the largest lots. They aren’t so big that daylight should act differently compared to the rest of Willow Creek.
  • Building takes skill and a creative eye. What it doesn’t need is a camera that appears to have a mind of its own. Now the build camera will stay on the floor you are working on, it is up to you when you want to move up and down floors.
  • The Camera Speed setting seemed to have its own speed in mind and it wasn’t necessarily the one you wanted.
  • Sometimes you zoom in on your Sims to check out what they are up to, but sometimes you couldn’t zoom back out. Now you can!
  • Live dragging objects makes moving things around a lot easier. Being able to Live Drag objects into a Sims’ inventory takes that a step further.
  • We addressed an issue which saw performance levels drop in some Lots and only recover if you travelled to a different Lot.
  • "Change Personality Traits..." panel for the Re-Traiting Potion can be backed out of, if you change your mind about changing your personality traits that is.
  • When creating your Sim, the profile icon had an distracting side effect as it updated to your changes. The profile icon will instead update when you have finished making adjustments and de-selected the active slider.
  • More community creations have been added into My Library.
  • We have dealt with a number of nasty issues that led to some stability issues.

Get to Work

  • A good detective follows the clues and solves the mysteries. Previously it was difficult and even impossible to investigate when you arrived on the scene. We polished the magnifying glass and isolated the witnesses so now you can investigate and solve your way to being the best detective in town.
  • Part of solving a crime is to talk with witnesses. While we can’t guarantee the answers you get will help you solve the case, the “Chat with Civilians” lets you talk with the Sims without having to repeat yourself a second time.

Get Together

  • While in Club Manager and accessing the Club Perks, the controls sometimes jumped around like a Sim on the dance floor. That made it difficult to select your options. Things are a lower tempo now, except the music beats.

Cats & Dogs

  • Everyone loves pictures of their Cats & Dogs but that doesn’t mean the camera should magically gain another frame. Now you get 5 photographs per photography session and no more, so pick your shots wisely.

Vampires

  • Vampires may not be able to see their own reflections, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be allowed to remove facial features you added and changed your mind about. Eye Sockets/Brows/Mouths/Eye details can all be removed by selecting them again in CAS.


PlayStation 4

  • Simmers are creative by nature, so it came as little surprise that you needed more space to save your creations into My Library. There is now significantly more room to save additional Lots, Rooms and Households without compromising on what to keep.
  • The Sims is a colorful world, and if you tilted the camera just so, you got even more color thanks to the multi-colored walkways that would appear. We toned down the color scheme, so now the walkways shouldn’t look like a rainbow fell onto the ground anymore.
  • If you bought a Bundle of The Sims 4 packs and need quicker access to download them, the icons on the Main Menu will now take you to the download section of the PlayStation Store.


Xbox One

  • During the initial loading of The Sims 4 there was a black void that seemed to last forever. While it is part of the loading sequence, it should be a lot shorter, meaning less time wondering whether your TV is still turned on.
  • If you prefer to buy your packs in bundles, you may have noticed that the pack icon on the Main Menu incorrectly informed you that you didn’t own the pack. The pack icons should now accurately reflect whether you own the content or not regardless of how you prefer to shop.
  • If you purchased a Bundle of The Sims 4 packs and hadn’t installed them, the Main Menu icons will now correctly reflect the packs you own.
  • Xbox One X owners may have noticed some lower than expected shadow detail cast by Glass Roofs while zooming out. This has been rectified so the shadow detail is more detailed at all zoom levels.
  • Additional texture quality improvements have been made to allow Xbox One X owners to get more from their hardware.

As always, we appreciate the feedback and do read all the comments so be sure to let us know what you think of the changes once you have had a chance to try them out.
- SimGuruLegacy

 

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Re: The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Feb 6th]

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Update: 02/06/2018 – v1.04

Hey Simmers.

Happy 2018! Now that the eggnog is past the expiration date, and you’ve found the last of those pesky wrapping paper bits from under the sofa let’s have some real fun!

 

  • You wanted to be able to freely rotate objects, and now you can! With free rotate you can rotate objects to any angle - thirty degrees, thirty-two degrees... thirty-one... Forty-eight clockwise, nine counter-clockwise, three clockwise… Oh gosh, that’s something different! Forget I ever said that!
  • When you own a restaurant, let the food to do the talking and not the questionable décor when placing your eatery from My Library.
  • Sometimes you just want to back out of a decision and now you can, with added reliability.
  • It’s come to our attention that it is rude to ask someone their age, so we decided to be polite and not ask when you switch between an Adult Vampire to a Toddler in CAS. It can be your little secret.

-SimGuruCleaningLady

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Re: The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Feb 6th]

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Update: 03/15/2018 – v1.05

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Mighty Simmers, on the Ides of March I present to you another exciting update! A turning point in your Simming journey, and control by which you do it. In agreement with Julius Caesar -- experience is the teacher of all things.

What’s New?

We heard that the camera and virtual cursor movement was too quick, so we put the speed of the controls in your hands with new camera and virtual cursor speed adjustments. Change to your liking in the Game Options. Not only can you select how fast the cursor moves, you can adjust how much it accelerates to get the control scheme more to your liking.

Someone also told us in quiet whispers that you like to place multiples of things without having to select it from the Build / Buy window each time. Be really quiet about it; but now you can use our new and improved clone stamp feature to place the same object over and over and over and over.

General Issues

  • Sometimes the UI got a little ahead of itself. Sometimes the part of the game you thought you were controlling wasn’t necessarily the thing the UI thought you wanted to control. So, we sat the UI down and told it to do as it is told. That means you should find yourself having to back out of UI elements less often. Unless you enjoy backing out of them, of course.
  • The Grim Guitar now gets its own limelight on the Main Menu. You can check out how cool it is without even needing to load into a World. Plus, if you haven’t linked your account you can do that from the Main Menu to claim the Grim Guitar for yourself.
  • Talking of the UI, there were some sneaky UI elements that chose to remain hidden until you found them. Those hidden bits of UI should now only show when you want them to.
  • While we want you to know that adjusting the Sim count can affect your game, we won’t lock you behind a warning screen when you set it to Unlimited anymore.
  • Some things can be so good that they name it twice, but that shouldn’t count the songs you write. While we aren’t dismissing the quality of your songs, we think you should only need to name them once before you can license them.
  • Transferring Sims between households is great, but we heard that being limited to just the played households didn’t give you the options you’d like. Well, now you can show un-played households during transfers.
  • If you worked through the Personality Panel tutorial, you might be wondering how it ends. Well with the addition of Tip 7 of 7 you can complete your tutorial journey.
  • When navigating the Options Menu, the number of options could be overwhelming, with little to no information about what the options did. We found the tool tips for the Options hiding away and have put them back in their place, so now you can see what each option will do before you adjust it.
  • Rotating roof tops might be limited to musical chimney sweeps but the ghost previews are not something everyone should see, so we dealt with them accordingly.
  • Placing your family into a lot can be a tough choice and the first lot you pick might not be the one you want. Backing out of the lot will now let you pick another lot rather than deselecting your entire family.
  • My Library felt a little too small with a limit of just 50 items, which feels more like a book shelf than a library. We knocked together some more shelving space from our neighborhood flat pack store and now it truly is a My Library to be proud of!
  • When you are super proud of your creations, you want to describe them in detail for My Library to show. You can now scroll those extra-long descriptions rather than reading just the first part on replay.
  • Whims can be so whimsical but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to pin them, all of them at times. Now you can do exactly that.
  • Talking of Whims, if your Sim is out exploring the world or working you won’t get the hover tips for their Whims until they return to the active lot.

Dine Out

  • Business decisions are important and occasionally you might get cold feet and want to backout. Previously the Sims selling you a business wouldn’t let you back out of your purchase. The authorities didn’t appreciate this, so now you can back out on the World selection screen if the purchase doesn’t feel right.
  • Purchasing a restaurant in Live Mode will no longer cause graphical issues.
  • Sims can now plan a social event while dining without causing you to watch the UI panel with no way out.
  • Editing your Host Outfit in CAS no longer leaves the menu active on screen.

City Living

  • City apartments will no longer obstruct your view of the city when you decide to leave the apartment view.
  • When you move to the big city you generally want to take your kids with you, at least until they reach adulthood, without losing functionality. While we addressed the functionality problem, we can’t help your kids get a job and move out even if they are in their 30’s.
  • Sims can answer the call to work in the city without leaving you stuck answering the phone unless you have a chatty boss.
  • Tooltips will no longer appear over the UI icons allowing you to see what you are selecting.
  • The Spire Apartment no longer hides a secret hidden UI, we know you appreciate your Sims secrets, but this wasn’t one of them.


Learnings from PC and Mac will continue to make their way into your hands, and various cleaned up bits and bobs from PC and Mac are now yours.

My friends go off and learn, grow, and conquer. Enjoy!
-SimGuruCleaningLady

To learn more about the UI changes introduced with this update, check this article >> https://answers.ea.com/t5/Technical-Issues-Consoles/Console-UI-Updates-are-here/m-p/6802488#M2345

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Re: The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Feb 6th]

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Update: 05/17/2018 – v1.06

 

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Sul Sul,

 

As we approach the half way point of 2018, we bring you an update which addresses some of the feedback and reports we have been getting. We didn’t stop there either, we spent some time Spring cleaning to help get things in order.

 

What’s New?

 

When you are picking where you want to travel to and live, navigating the neighborhood could be a little fiddly on the Manage World screen. We have added the ability to switch to the virtual cursor on the Manage World screen which means you can pick where you want to go or live with extra precision.

 

Since the last time we spoke, we also spent more time looking for those pesky invisible UI elements which you can find yourself in and have stopped them playing mind games with you. A usable UI should be a visible UI.

 

 

General Issues

  • Sims like to hoard things in their inventory, some might say that they have stacks of belongings. Those stacks could be better used by being sold off to earn some extra money. While you could do this one at a time, that meant it took longer to get paid. Now, stacks of items can be sold from the inventory just as easily as it’d be to sell a single item.
  • Sometimes the Main Menu would suggest you didn’t have Grim’s Ghoulish Guitar when you had linked your account. We told Grim he couldn’t have his guitar back and that it belonged to you now. The Main Menu should now correctly reflect whether you linked your accounts and whether you have the Grim’s Ghoulish Guitar.
  • While we are talking about it, the way you claim Grim’s Ghoulish Guitar no longer tells you to sign up for a newsletter, instead you simply link to your EA Account and the guitar will be all yours.
  • Parties are better when you have a group of friends. Now, when your friends come over, you can complete some group party objectives.
  • Opening the Options Menu while the Pie Menu is open won’t cause you to become stuck on the Pie Menu. Although there are worse things to be stuck with than pie. Mmmm… pie!
  • When your Sims age up, you’ll no longer get stuck in the Sims info panel if you happen to select traits in the Aged Up! panel.
  • How many beds does your Lot have? H! Doesn’t make sense, right? Now we only allow numbers to be entered when adding details to your lot info panel for number of beds and baths you have.
  • Changing the category of a styled outfit will no longer make your Sim wear the first outfit. Instead you can style them to whatever outfit looks the best.
  • Getting access to new packs is something to celebrate. That celebration should be brief and not something that continues into CAS. Celebrations are short and to the point to keep that hype buzz feeling going.
  • Using the eyedropper while building caused performance issues, this has been improved. So, go crazy copying those patterns and decorating all your rooms with the same wallpaper. Unless you have style then don’t decorate like that… Please!

 

Get to Work

  • Sometimes your Sim looks so good that they feel the urge to take a selfie. Now they can snap away without you needing to worry about temporarily losing control. Although if your Sim looks directly at the flash, we can’t guarantee they won’t see floating lights for a while.
  • Mirrors should be for checking out that your tie is straight or to find out why everyone keeps staring at you, what they shouldn’t do is flash blue. Now they won’t, leaving your Sims to admire themselves for as long as they like.
  • Making your employees look good needs them to have a professional looking uniform and that decision can be tough. What isn’t tough anymore is that the controls for the sort dropdown won’t go off screen now.
  • Aliens might have the technology to fly across the vastness of space but what they weren’t meant to have is the ability to prevent you changing their appearance, so we took that ability off them and now you control what your Alien Sims look like.

 

Vampires

  • Vampires appreciate being listened to, so we made sure you can now scroll through the full welcome text with Vampires.
  • When you have the Dark Form of a female Vampire in CAS, you probably don’t want to annoy her by selecting the personality panel and causing issues. We didn’t want to get on her dark side so now the personality panel will no longer cause problems.

 

Dine Out

  • When you take pictures of your delicious food, you intend everyone you show your picture to, to be amazed by the fact you took the time to take the picture of your food going cold. What you don’t expect is for people to mock and comment on the fact your picture is under exposed. Now, prints of Food Eaten will show in full color quality, nicely exposed and with a perfect composition.

 

City Living

  • Everyone likes to Dream Big in the city. What they don’t necessarily like is having actions interrupted by those dreams, so we told the Sims to Dream Big on their own time or at least not let it interrupt what you want them to do.
  • While the San Myshuno's "Stargazer" Lounge is very glitzy, it shouldn’t cause your Manage World view to flash so we asked Stargazer to tone back the pizazz.
  • Living in a city can feel crowded at times, which isn’t helped when the Lot highlight for 21 Chic Street Apartments and Culpepper Apartments adds to the confusion of where you live. The correct Lots are highlighted now making it easier to know where you are going.

 

Xbox One only

  • We continued to go through all the dig sites we could to find out where the Sims were hiding those hard-earned Achievements that didn’t unlock fully.
    • To complete the unlock process simply load the Save Game you earned your Achievement(s) in and everything you earned will unlock.
    • You may need to load multiple Save Games if you earned Achievements across different saves.

 

We continued to take updates from the PC and Mac version of The Sims 4, which may not be covered in these notes, and brought them across to console.

 

Now while we roll up our sleeves, use a large amount of elbow grease and continue with the spit and polish, you should go and enjoy yourselves.

-SimGuruLegacy

 

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Re: The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Jul 19th]

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Update: 07/19/2018 – v1.07

 

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Hello Simmers!

 

What a summer! As you may have heard, we have been hard at work preparing for the arrival of our fluffy companions in Cats & Dogs. We haven’t stopped there though, we have added Households, Lots and Rooms created by members of The Sims 4 Community into My Library and continued to make a number of performance improvements. Of course, we have been gathering and addressing your feedback and reports too.

 

Rather than giving you a high-level version of what you can expect how about I just tell you.

 

What’s New?

  • Performance improvements mean that you should be able to get into your Worlds quicker, loading times will be shorter and things will be smoother.
  • The Auto Save feature had been a little too temperamental for our liking so we have reviewed the feature and made improvements to the way it works so it is more reliable.
  • My Library expanded with creations from The Sims 4 Community. The new additions bring Households, Lots and Rooms.
  • We have also added the Piece of Cake Bakery which you may remember from the Get to Work announcement trailer.
  • We often get requests for features and one of the biggest requests has been to have the option to scale your roofs. We heard you and we added the feature into Build Mode.

General Issues

  • Manage Households was a little lacking in the managing part of the name by preventing you from deleting households. You can delete households you don’t need or want any more and truly manage households as you would expect.
  • If you max out your My Library storage you’ll be informed when you try to save more creations rather than finding out they silently disappeared.
  • Cursor speed and acceleration settings no longer reset after restarting the game.
  • While using the virtual cursor control scheme, the acceleration could feel like you were chasing an excited puppy around your lot. We got things under control and switching directions as you navigate the Lot shouldn’t feel so skittish. Remember, you can adjust speed and acceleration in the Game Options to get the feel you prefer.
  • The camera shouldn’t lose function when toggling bb.moveobjects in Build Mode
  • Trying to use the Virtual Cursor to live-drag from your inventory shouldn’t feel like a never-ending chore. Now it is as simple as select and drag, just like it should be.
  • Don’t you just hate it when you finish loading only to be told that there is “Game Loading In Progress” when it looks like it has finished? Us too! When a lot has loaded, it is loaded and ready to go, just like it should be.
  • Placing a Styled Room from My Library shouldn’t stop your controls from working as expected.
  • Sometimes you don’t have room in your lot to place a staircase before rotating it, now you can rotate stairs into the orientation you want without having to place them first.
  • Stairs aren’t the only thing you can rotate without placing them either, you can now rotate whole empty rooms and even walls before deciding where you want them.
  • Simmers who use the Virtual Cursor control scheme rejoice as the Pin/Unpin Whim option is now open to you.
  • Virtual Cursor controls have been tweaked, adjusted and tweaked again so now you don’t continue to accelerate and zip around the screen uncontrollably. Switching directions you take the Virtual Cursor in will drop the acceleration to ¼ of what it was so you have more control of where you go.
  • Changing your mind and re-doing something is part of getting your perfect Sim in CAS. If you do change your mind, we won’t put you into an invisible UI anymore, I promise.
  • Cell phones are a lifeline for a lot of people and Sims aren’t any different. We spent a lot of time getting them set up with more reliable service so the cell phone works when it is needed and doesn’t stay on screen when it isn’t.
  • Occasionally, the camera momentum made it difficult to have precise navigation. We’ve made a few passes at improving the camera movement to make is easier to navigate the lot.
  • Cancelling Save and Play while in CAS isn’t possible anymore. If you did this previously, you might want to check My Library as you might have multiple versions of your Households that you might want to tidy up.
  • Family is key and if you have babies you’ll know how precious they can be. That is why switching Sims now acts like it should if you have any in your household.

Get to Work

  • Returning to active lot will no longer spam the action queue while you are at work in the scientist career.
  • The returning to active lot interaction won’t queue and cancel repeatedly if you decide to idle in the alien world.
  • In the videos out of Roswell they got up close with an Alien and now you can too while creating an Alien in CAS. Like other Sims, you can switch to detail edit mode and get closer to the extra-terrestrial Sims.
  • Ever visit a new place only to think that it feels familiar but not quite right in some way? That happened to us when visiting Sixam and realizing that it didn’t look as we expected so we got the ground crew in and updated the place.

Vampires

  • Receiving a welcome phone call from Vlad can be exciting, I mean, how often do you get a phone call from a vampire? Getting this unique call shouldn’t stop your controls from functioning so we addressed that.

Dine Out

  • Canceling object placement of objects selected through Lot Type requirements will no longer put you into one of those super-secret areas in the UI.
  • Editing an employee uniform won’t send your controls across the screen no matter how your employees feel about their new uniform design.

City Living

  • When you load into San Myshuno the virtual cursor shouldn’t get stuck. It used to, but now it doesn’t.
  • If you are lucky enough to get an invite to a festival but unlucky enough to have a parent chance card appear at the same time you’ll be happy to know that you’ll keep control of your World and Sims.

PlayStation 4

  • Pressing X should work when you need it most… When you press the X button.
  • Improvements to the way My Library saves means you should have more space for your creations.
  • Celebrate good times but come on, we don’t need to see the pack celebration screens over and over. They should only show the once now and viewed new Objects shouldn’t reset to look like everything is new again.
  • When you select Save Household you expect the household to be saved, right? Thought so, now your Saved Households will save to My Library as you would expect.
  • If you chose to change your Display Settings, the virtual cursor won’t be prevented from accessing all of the UI if you opt to display things smaller.
  • The Action Queue is meant to expand to fit in all the queued actions, that is how we came up with the name. What it shouldn’t do and doesn’t do anymore is expand to the top of the screen just because you chose to speed up time.
  • Travel and romance are two of life’s luxuries. That is unless you managed to have “Travel” queue up after performing the “Ask on Date” interaction. Then you just had a mini nightmare because you found yourself stuck in Manage World. We released the controls from the UI and now you can take your date globetrotting without the worry of getting stuck looking at where you could have visited.

Xbox One

  • They say that good things come to those who wait. We don’t like waiting so we have improved the loading times so that you shouldn’t see an extended loading screen before getting into game.
  • Styled Room showcases will align correctly if you adjust your margins settings.
  • Does a Sim have an aura? Well they might but it shouldn’t have been as prominent as it was, so we turned down the highlighting of Sims so it isn’t as distracting anymore.

That isn’t it either, we took a look at what was happening on the PC and Mac versions of The Sims 4 and brought over changes and updates to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.


-SimGuruLegacy

 

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Re: The Sims 4 - Patch notes on console [Jul 30th]

Community Manager

Update: 07/30/2018 – v1.09

 

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Hello Simmers!

This is a small update to address an issue that we appeared to introduce in the last update and had a number of reports of through our community channels.

General Issues

  • We added a bunch of cool new community made creations into My Library for all console players to enjoy. That was, unless you were unlucky enough to not be able to get into My Library to check them out. Thanks to all of those Simmer reports, everyone should be able to access My Library and enjoy those community creations.

- SimGuruLegacy

 

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