Fans have been waiting ever since Sims 4 made its way to the PC for news about a possible console release. Originally announced in May 2013, the newest title of the much-loved Sims franchise hit Microsoft Windows in September 2014. In February 2015, Sims 4 also made its way to the Mac OS. When Sims 3 launched in the PC, it took Maxis just over a year to bring Sims 3 to the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Now that we are just a few months removed from the second year anniversary of Sims 4 on PC, we’re left with the question: When will Sims 4 really get ported to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4?
Apparently, developer Maxis and publisher Electronic Arts are hard at work on the console version of Sims 4, but they are having quite a hard time pulling it off completely without the bugs and crashes. It seems Maxis wants to create a console version of Sims 4 that is almost close to perfection.
Another concern for Sims 4 devs is that they wanted to come up with a console version after the DLCs and upgrades on the PC version. They want to come out with a console version of Sims 4 that is already equipped with all the current DLCs (game packs, expansion packs, and stuff packs) to be able to run on par with the PC version. Whether all these expansions will be bundled free with the game or will come as a separate purchase or Season Pass of some sort is currently unclear.
As of writing, the PC and Mac versions of Sims 4 can already be equipped with the following expansions, and we can expect the Xbox One and PS4 version of Sims 4 to come fully-equipped with these:
The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion Pack
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Major Gameplay Features: Operate your own business, new Magnolia Promenade area, three new active career tracks (detective, doctor, scientist), aliens and alien children, alien homeworld of Sixam
The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Major Gameplay Features: Clubs and organizations, dance clubs, new DJ and Dance skills, new Windenburg town
The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Release Date: January 13, 2015
Major Gameplay Features: Granite Falls new travel destination, camping, new Herbalism skill, new Collect Insects task, new types of fish and outdoor areas to discover, Hermit
The Sims 4 Spa Day
Release Date: July 6, 2015
Features: Spas, Wellness skill, learn Yoga, get massages, meditation, aquarium now available at the store, ability to burn incense
The Sims 4 Luxury Party Stuff
Release Date: May 19, 2015
New items: Fountain of Mirth, Buffet Tables, 30 new clothing and hair items, new elegant objects, and 2 new styled rooms
The Sims 4 Perfect Patio Stuff
Release Date: June 16, 2015
New items: Hot tub, patio items
The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen Stuff Pack
Release Date: August 11, 2015
New items: New kitchen appliances, ice cream maker.
The Sims 4 Spooky Stuff Pack
Release Date: September 29, 2015
New items: Cosplay costumes, pumpkin carving, and costume party decorations
The Sims 4 Movie Hangout Stuff Pack
Release Date: January 12, 2015
New items: Outdoor television and large indoor television, movies, popcorn maker
The Sims 4 Romantic Garden Stuff Pack
Release Date: February 9, 2016
New items: Lost Garden of Healing community lot, Whispering Wishing Well, new radio station, new romantic decor and items
Additionally, rumors are suggesting a extra Pet Expansion pack may come with the Sims 4 versions on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This extra expansion pack, outside the regular packs that already came out on the PC, is said to be a way for the devs to compensate for the delay of the port.
If you have the Sims 4 on PC, a Restaurant pack and Dine Out pack have been leaked to come out soon. So if you have been itching for new material, hold out for these upcoming packs. Apparently, these packs will also come with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports of Sims 4.
Because of the technical difficulty experienced by the devs, Sims 4’s Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports are expected to hit the streets late 2016 to early 2017.
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