The Sims 4: New Update! (January 31st, 2023) (2023)

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General New Content Update

Maxis and EA have released a brand new update for The Sims 4 on PC and Consoles. Featuring new content across the game including New CAS Category and Items, Build Mode additions and Game Improvements.

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You can download the latest version of The Sims 4 by checking for updates through the EA App / Origin. If you have Automatic Updates enabled the update will automatically download through your client program.

If you play The Sims 4 on Xbox and PS4 / PS5 you can request a new update by checking for updates under The Sims 4 game tag.

In case you have Mods or Custom Content, the game will automatically disable them for you after first launching The Sims 4 after the update. To re-enable all your Mods and Custom Content, select the Settings option in the Menu and select Settings. Under the”Other”section you’ll find the”Enable Custom Content and Mods”option. Check it and restart your game in order for it to take effect!

Update 01/31/2023
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Console: Version: 1.69

Hello Simmers

Following hot on the heels of the last update we have another one for you, this time we are putting a bit of a focus on the console version of The Sims 4, streamlining some key interfaces for easier controller interaction. While you can use a mouse and keyboard on both PlayStation and Xbox versions of The Sims 4, most console Simmers love to sit back with a controller; these updates are a small part of a larger ongoing focus to improve the console experience for all.

We also continue to invite all console Simmers to give us your thoughts and feedback on playing The Sims 4 on PlayStation and Xbox (especially with a controller) over onAnswers HQ, where we have had some excellent feedback so far that the team is reviewing.

Not playing on console? No problem, we have some new content and fixes for everyone in this update as well. So let’s kick things off and see what’s new.

The Sims Team


What’s New?

We have so much new stuff with this release and we can’t wait to dive in and tell you all about it. We do want to make a quick note that while we have added quite a few new assets, these are purely visual and don’t add new gameplay functionality. Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

Medical Wearables

There’s a new Medical Wearables category under Body and Face Accessories in Create a Sim.

Select the Sims face and then select Accessories to find the Medical Wearables category that contains a new hearing aid for your Toddler or older Sims. This medical wearable comes in fifteen color variants, and can be assigned to your Sims right, left or both ears.

The Medical Wearables category can also be found by selecting the Sims body and then selecting the Body category. Here you can find Glucose Monitors for your Child and older Sims that can be added to your Sims right and left arm, and to your Sims lower abdomen on the right or left side as well.

Top Surgery Scar

Under the same Body category, all players can find a Body Scars category with an option for Teen and older male Sims (masculine or feminine frame) to add a Top Surgery Scar to their Sims.

Binders and Shapewear

With this update, players can find two new assets in Create a Sim. Under the Tanks, in the Tops category, you will find a Binder top asset for your Teen and older Sims. In the Underwear category for Bottoms, there is a new shapewear asset for your Sims as well!

Let there be Light Switches!

For our builders who have long desired to complete that perfect room, a new light switch is now available in Build Mode!

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UI Placement comes to PlayStation

Previously, The Sims 4 on PlayStation required Simmers to calibrate their screen settings at a system level by going to the consolesSettings > Sound and Screen > Display Area Settingsand configuring the display.

This option will continue to work but now, PlayStation Simmers will be able to adjust the UI placement. The wizard will run during the initial launch of The Sims 4 or can be manually initiated fromGame Options > Other .

We still recommend you calibrate your Display Area Settings through your PlayStation settings.

Cursor Scaling

Simmers can now adjust the size of the cursor on both PlayStation and Xbox when displayed in virtual cursor mode on your controller, or while you are using a mouse and keyboard to play.

This additional level of customization allows you to have a larger cursor without needing to scale up all of the game UI. This should make it easier to see even when you’re kicking back, relaxing in your favorite seat looking at the TV screen across the room.

You can adjust the cursor size in game by going toGame Options > Accessibility.

Console Build Mode Improvements

Jumping into Build Mode will feel a little different… well OK, a lot different. Now the Catalog is opened by default and STAYS open as you grab items and interact with the lot. You no longer need to reopen the Catalog and re-navigate to the menu you were in every. single. time.

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Regardless of which cursor mode you’re in, you can seamlessly interact with either the Catalog or lot, which aligns our console experience more closely to that on PC.

Console Build Mode Guidance System

If you are a new player or have the Guidance System enabled, the help you received from Emily in CAS and Live Mode will continue through to Build Mode. If you aren’t familiar with building, using the tools, or how to find the right looking object and place it exactly where you want it, Emily will be there to guide you around Build Mode to help you unleash your creativity.

Controls and Navigation Updates

While we have kept the ability to toggle control methods by tapping the Touch Pad on PlayStation or View button on Xbox, we have reduced the amount of times we switch between the two modes automatically.

Since we are talking about toggling the control methods, if you have the Controls Legend enabled inGame Options > Other, we now show a prompt for Toggle Cursor at the top. Not only that, next to the prompt is a little reminder of which control scheme you are currently using.

We have also added controller shortcuts to some dialogs and screens to help simplify and speed up navigating the game. These button prompts are displayed on supported screens and can be used where usually you would have a lot of scrolling to get to the Confirm or Cancel button.

Sims 4 Bug Fixes

Base Game

  • Toddlers can do strange things sometimes, but bathing with their slippers on shouldn’t be one. Now their feet will get clean, just like the rest of them.
  • The Venue Info icon in the top left of your screen contains a lot of useful information but it doesn’t mean it should always display as new. Now the icon flair will only show when something is actually new.
  • Sims made through CAS Stories with Starting Funds ‘High’ should now get 30k Simoelons instead of the standard 20k for their household fund.
  • Sims love a good makeover, but when switching Styled Looks in CAS it’s taking it a bit far your Sim’s appearance changes, not just their outfits. Styled Looks will now update just the outfit your Sim is wearing and not make them a totally different Sim.
  • When adjusting the physical frame of your Sim while using Bantu Knots (yfHair_SDX019BantuKnots) or Two Strand Twist (ymHair_SDX019TwoStrandTwists) hairstyles, you will continue to see the Plumbob icon on the thumbnail as a reminder of the fantastic collaboration we did withDeeSimsto bring those styles to everyone.
  • The goals during the Parenting Predicaments scenario will reflect a child Sim aging up to a teen after blowing out the birthday candles and progressing the scenario.
  • Child Sims getting at least a B grade average at school will be recognized for their achievements by progressing the Parenting Predicaments scenario objectives.
  • If your Sims reach level 5 in one of Sofia and Leonardo’s skills before the goal activates in the Parenting Predicaments scenario, it’ll be accurately marked as meeting the criteria.
  • Also related – teenagers have aspirations (apparently waking up before noon doesn’t count) but in the Parenting Predicaments scenario teens are able to complete the teenage aspirations goal.
  • Some say it’s a conspiracy, some say the aliens got fed up with the parents and just sent them home, others just think it was a bug. Either way, parents should no longer return midway through the Aliens Stole My Parents scenario when traveling off the lot and back again.
  • Stuck in the Shadow wasn’t intended to actually get you stuck…. Completing the Scenario should now complete once the goals have been achieved.
  • Emily likes to help Simmers get a head start, but it seems she was a little too eager and prevented Scenario goals from displaying in CAS if she hadn’t been seen previously. Now if you haven’t seen Emily yet, and start a new Scenario you will have your goals displayed so you can create the perfect household to take on the challenges ahead. Emily will be there if you need her later.
  • Seasoned Simmers who don’t need Emily’s help and choose to disable the Guidance System, in the Game Options, while in CAS will no longer run into an issue where you cannot create a Sim due to the options being inaccessible.
  • Merging Sims from the Gallery while Emily was guiding you through CAS will no longer prevent Emily from explaining the final parts of the CAS Guidance System.
  • Entering CAS from the Simology option will not prevent you from creating a Sim Story.
  • While using the Guidance System to customize your own Sim, Add New Sim will not be available until you have completed your Sim customization tutorial or opted out of the tips.
  • Some tips in Build Mode prevented you from accessing features like Bulldoze and Save to My Library; all the options are selectable again.
  • Sims with customized frames should have a full set of fingernails to pick from, including those from packs.

City Living

  • Being an Interior Decorator can be tough, it’s made even more difficult if you can’t get in. Sims picking up a gig at a penthouse will now be able to knock on the door and get in to work their style magic.
  • If there is one main thing you would expect Illuminating Pillars to do, it’s illuminate! Well we changed some bulbs, got shocked once or twice, checked the wiring and now they should be good to go.

Get Famous

  • After our previous update which brought a new look to Lessons and a bigger, easier to read layout, it unexpectedly caused long Lesson titles to extend beyond the boundaries of the box in some languages. The titles should now all fit in their designated spaces and be fully readable by all.

Eco Lifestyle

  • The Perfect Plumbob Ceiling Fan, Sandstorm Ceiling Fan, Dizzy Palms Ceiling Fan now all come with a power consumption rating.

High School Years

  • Sims wearing the yfAcc_NecklaceEP12Beaded_SolidRainbowLt necklace should no longer see it floating near them when zooming the camera. We must have forgotten to remove the levitation enchantment, sorry about that!


  • Sims making a living as a Paranormal Investigator and autonomously visiting San Myshuno often found that doors were missing from apartments unless you were in Walls Up view. Doors should now show up as expected. But are they really there? Someone should investigate! Spoooooky!

Bust the Dust

  • Dust and Dust Bunnies will show up after a reload, now where did I put that Dust Dandy Cordless Vacuum?

Outdoor Retreat

  • We learned a lesson and that lesson is that our lessons should have Titles. Outdoor Retreat should show up under Lessons as expected and no longer be a mystery category.

What are your thoughts on the latest Sims 4 Update? Join the conversation below!


Is Sims 5 coming out? ›

Excitingly, EA has confirmed Sims 5 (codenamed 'Project Rene') and the next generation that will follow on from the base game of The Sims 4.

What is the new Sims 4 delivery update? ›

Sims Delivery Express November 2022. New customization options were added in the Sims Delivery Express update on November 17, 2022, including new hairstyles and new facial hair options.

Is Sims 4 good for 11 year olds? ›

for mature kids!

i personally think this game could be for eight or nine year olds, maybe ten, if they are mature. if your child is not mature, maybe wait until they are 11 or 12. There is sex, there is swearing in the parenthood pack, but since sims speak gibberish, you cannot hear it.

What is the newest Sims expansion pack? ›

The most recent expansion pack, The Sims 4: High School Years, was released on July 28, 2022.

Can elder Sims get pregnant Sims 4? ›

However, since Teens can't access the 'Try for Baby' interaction, their pregnancy options are passive until they age up to Young Adulthood; while in practice Elders can't get pregnant even if they possess the 'Become Pregnant' ability.

Will Sims 5 have multiplayer? ›

Project Rene game director Grant Rodiek said during January 2023's Behind The Sims stream that the game can be both single-player and multiplayer.

Can my SIM get an abortion Sims 4? ›

To have an abortion in The Sims 4, players must pay an amount of the game's fictional currency (1,000 Simoleons). They cannot perform the procedure beyond the second trimester of the pregnancy. The character will feel guilty “in most circumstances”, notes Axios.

Can Sims get pregnant with twins? ›

There is a small chance that any pregnancy in The Sims 4 will end up with twins; the odds of having twins is about 10% while the odds for triplets is about 1%. But just like players can influence the chances of having a boy or a girl baby, they can also up the chances of multiple births too.

Is Sims 5 coming out 2022? ›

During the Behind the Sims Summit, Maxis stated Project Rene is still extremely early in development. As such, it seems highly unlikely a full-version of the game will be released anytime before 2024.

What age can a Sim get pregnant? ›

Sims have seven stages of life, from Babies to the Elderly. In the official version of the game, only Young Adults (who are implied to be in their early 20s) and Adults can get pregnant. With the use of mods like Wicked Whims, players can play out their 16 And Pregnant fantasies.

Is there an R rated Sims? ›

The Sims 4 has been rated for adults-only in Russia for including same-sex relationships. The upcoming sequel will allow users to enter same-sex relationships, meaning that only those over the age of 18 will be able to purchase the game throughout the region.

Can Sims go through puberty? ›

Puberty and body changes in The Sims 4 High School Years explained. Puberty, we've all been through it and now with High School Years, our Sims are going to go through it too.

Will the Sims ever be free again? ›

The Sims 4 will go free-to-play on 18th October 2022, EA has confirmed. (Of course, all of its many expansions will continue to be sold separately).

How much would it cost to buy all The Sims 4 packs? ›

Buying the base game: Free* Buying all 12 expansion packs: £419.88 / $479.88 / €479.88. Buying all 12 game packs: £215.88 / $239.88 / €239.88.

What is the best Sims pack? ›

Best Sims 4 Expansion Packs, Ranked
  • The Sims 4: Island Living.
  • The Sims 4: City Living. ...
  • The Sims 4: High School Years. ...
  • The Sims 4: Discover University. ...
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle. ...
  • The Sims 4: Cottage Living. ...
  • The Sims 4: Get Famous. ...
  • The Sims 4: Get to Work. ...
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Can male Sims become pregnant? ›

A male Sim is pregnant when he has the “weird tummy ache” moodlet. This moodlet is present immediately, along with the regular abduction moodlet. When your Sim is abducted by aliens, if he gets pregnant, he is “pollinated” by the Senior Pollination Technician #3.

Can a girl get a girl pregnant in Sims? ›

If you have a lesbian couple, choose the “Get others pregnant” option for one of your Sims. Make sure their partner has the “Become Pregnant” option selected. And that's it! Your couple should now have the “Try for Baby” interaction!

Is Sims a 2 player game? ›

Unfortunately, the game does not feature any way to play with other people -- it is strictly a single player title. Of course, you can have a friend alongside you to help make decisions while you play, or you can pass the controller, but there are no built-in modes that support multiplayer.

Is there a 2 player Sims? ›

Currently, there is no multiplayer system in place, despite it being a commonly asked question from The Sims fans. Previous forays into multiplayer for the franchise have included, The Sims Online in 2002 and The Sims: Bustin' Out in 2003, both of which had their servers shut down in 2008.

Can I get Sims 3 for free? ›

The Sims 3 is sold by retailers worldwide, but can be downloaded to your computer for free using Origin if you previously purchased the game. The Sims 3 can also be downloaded for free using peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, also known as BitTorrent.

How long does a Sim stay pregnant? ›

Sims take around 3 in-game days to give birth, but you can speed that up with these 4 cheats: Make Sim pregnant in first trimester: sims. add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester1.

What can cause a miscarriage? ›

Certain uterine conditions or weak cervical tissues (incompetent cervix) might increase the risk of miscarriage. Smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs. Women who smoke during pregnancy have a greater risk of miscarriage than do nonsmokers. Heavy alcohol use and illicit drug use also increase the risk of miscarriage.

Can cousins get together in Sims? ›

(Sims also can't do any Romantic interactions with anyone the game considers a biological or legally adopted relative: this includes their parents, siblings, offspring, grandparents, aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews, and first cousins.)

How to have a baby boy? ›

Effective sexual positions

Male sperm are less tough than female sperm, which is why it is best to consider having “doggie style” sex or any position that involves deep penetration. This means that sperm will be deposited closer to the cervix, giving the more aggressive and quicker moving male sperm a head start.

Can Sims be cousins? ›

It allows you to add siblings and parents to desired sims. However, you cannot add cousins, uncles, aunts, grandchildren or grandparents yet.

Is The Sims 4 for 13 year olds? ›

What is the age rating? The Sims 4 has a PEGI rating of 12.

How long until Sims 5 come out? ›

Since we've long since left the five-year mark behind, there's no real way to guess which year we might see a Sims 5 release, so unless EA has one of the best-kept secrets in gaming under their belts, perhaps a Summer 2024 release date at the earliest is the very best we could hope for.

What will be the next Sims pack? ›

The two new expansions are due within the next year, according to Maxis, and changes to infants will arrive sometime in early 2023. We'll likely learn more about these expansions, as well as how babies will work, in the coming months.

What happens if a pregnant Sim dies? ›

Miscarriage per se does not occur in The Sims 2, but if a pregnant Sim dies, the baby will effectively be lost, as in the case of Olivia Monty's unborn baby. Family members will not get a memory of losing the baby, only the Sim who died. If the pregnant Sim is resurrected, their pregnancy will continue as normal.

Can you influence baby gender Sims 4? ›

Hold down Shift and click on the baby Sim (use X and Circle on console) to open up Create-A-Sim mode. From this menu, players can change the baby's name and gender.

Is rated M or R worse? ›

Rated M: Suggested for mature audiences - Parental discretion advised. Rated R: Restricted – Persons under 16 not admitted, unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian.

Is rated R worse than Ma? ›

TV-MA is worse than R because it contains both R and NC-17-rated material. R is OK for viewers under 17 as long as they're accompanied by an adult, but TV-MA is never appropriate for viewers under 18. Only adults are permitted to watch TV-MA.

Can Sims have pronouns? ›

The Sims 4 has finally introduced an update with the option for players to select nonbinary pronouns. Through the “Create-A-Sim” function, users can now select they/them pronouns, in addition to he/him and she/her.

Can Sims only WooHoo in bed? ›

Along with sleeping or napping in their bed, Sims that are in a romantic relationship can hop into the bed and WooHoo.

Can your Sims go to jail? ›

When a Sim is working in the criminal career, the Sim has a chance of being arrested. When this occurs, the player will be brought to the Jail where the Sim is held. The player can choose their tones while at the Jail. Like detention, it can be a problem if the Sim is a Workaholic.

Can a Sim fail school? ›

SimGuruGeorge and SimGuruJessica revealed that while the social side of high school is more of a focus than class in this expansion, it is still important to go to class and do your work. If you don't, you could actually fail high school and won't get to graduate with your peers!

Why is The Sims $5? ›

The Sims announced the discounted price for The Sims 4 earlier this week, taking to Twitter to reveal that its spring sale has started "a little earlier this year." Many believe the low price points are in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is of course leaving us all cooped up at home.

Can Sims have abortions? ›

The makers of the long-running video game series The Sims don't allow pregnant characters to have abortions. But unofficial add-ons that give players that option are popular, their creators tell Axios.

Why is The Sims 4 $5? ›

Whether you pick it up on Amazon or on EA's own digital storefront, Origin, the price remains the same $5. It's part of EA's annual spring sale, which the publisher is starting a little early this year due to the worldwide pandemic.

Is Sims 4 high school years worth it? ›

The Sims 4 High School Years truly excels when it comes to building personalities for teen Sims, and wonderfully captures teen moments like asking your crush to prom or starting drama online.

How many Sims 4 packs are there all together? ›

Twelve downloadable content "game packs" have been released for the 2014 life simulation video game The Sims 4, the fourth major title in The Sims series. All game packs are developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, for the Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Are Sims 4 bundles cheaper? ›

Bundle Expansion, Game, and Stuff Packs when you buy The Sims 4 for PC and Mac — and get downloadable content cheaper than buying it on its own.

What is the oldest Sims 4 pack? ›

The Sims 4: Get to Work is the first expansion pack, announced on February 4, 2015. It was released in North America on March 31, 2015, and Europe on April 2, 2015. It includes three new active careers; Detective, Doctor and Scientist, as well as the ability to run a retail business.

What is the biggest world in Sims 4? ›

Willow Creek is a base game world and home to Sims franchise staples The Goths. With 21 lots it's one of the biggest worlds in the game, pushing it up the list. It also has a number of pre-built houses as well as a library, museum, nightclub, park, and gym.

What is an Alpha SIM? ›

ALPHA/Sim is a general purpose, discrete event simulation tool. ALPHA/Sim allows a user to graphically build a simulation model, enter input data via integrated forms, execute the simulation model, and view the simulation results, within a single graphical environment.

Is Sims 4 2022 worth buying? ›

I highly recommend “The Sims 4,” if a life simulation game is what you are looking for. Dag dag! Editor's Note: An update was released for download May 24, 2022. "The Sims 4" Create-a-Sim now allows simmers to choose pronouns for the Sims they create.

Is Maxis making Sims 5? ›

The Sims 5 has been confirmed - although technically it's currently known as Project Rene. EA and Maxis confirmed they're working on Project Rene as the "new future" for the series.

Can you preorder Sims 5? ›

PlayStation players can pre-order The Sims 5 on the PlayStation Store. If The Sims 5 comes out for Nintendo Switch, you can pre-order on the Nintendo eShop.

What year is Sims 5 coming out? ›

During the Behind the Sims Summit, Maxis stated Project Rene is still extremely early in development. As such, it seems highly unlikely a full-version of the game will be released anytime before 2024.

Is Sims 4 free forever? ›

That's right, The Sims 4 becomes free for anyone who wants to try it and get it. And when we get it, it will be forever, of course. Although it is only and exclusively the base game (without any kind of expansion or downloadable content), a free horse...

Are Sims leaving Origin? ›

Yes, the EA app will replace Origin to be our primary platform for downloading and launching PC games.

Will The Sims ever be free again? ›

The Sims 4 will go free-to-play on 18th October 2022, EA has confirmed. (Of course, all of its many expansions will continue to be sold separately).

Did EA buy Sims? ›

Maxis is an American video game developer and a division of Electronic Arts (EA). The studio was founded in 1987 by Will Wright and Jeff Braun, and acquired by EA in 1997. Maxis is best known for its simulation games, including The Sims, Spore and SimCity.

Can Sims order pizza? ›

Sims can order three different kinds of pizzas: cheese, pepperoni, or Canadian Bacon, all of which cost §25. A single slice can fill a Sim's hunger and Sims can also save leftover pizza in the fridge.

Is The Sims 4 5 dollars a month? ›

No. The Sims 4 is now downloadable on Origin, but it's free to sign up. All you pay for regarding your account is for the games - and whatever game you get, it's a one time payment.

Will Sims 5 Be on phone? ›

Update Feb 1: A new Behind the Sims Summit stream has confirmed that “The Sims 5” will have multiplayer, but also a robust single-player experience. Game director Grant Rodiek explained the combo like this: “Project Rene is not an MMO.

At what age can Sims WooHoo? ›

Love is love, and so The Sims 4 places no gender restrictions on who can WooHoo with who. There are, however, some age requirements, as only Sims who are Young Adults or older can WooHoo, although they're free to seek partners outside of their own age group as long as everyone involved is a consenting grown-up.

What is WooHoo in Sims? ›

WooHoo is an interaction used in The Sims series, starting from The Sims 2, as a euphemism for sexual intercourse. WooHoo interactions can be carried out between two Sims, regardless of gender, that have to be romantically interested in each other.


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