Rumor: The Sims 4 Coming To Xbox One

In 2014, EA released The Sims 4 for PC/Mac and has been regularly updating the game with expansions and item packs. Three years after the game's initial release, a product page on the Microsoft Store seems to confirm that The Sims 4 will be coming to Xbox One, with a release date and pre-order bonuses detailed.

While nothing has been officially announced, this being on Microsoft's official store instead of just a news site could be good news for fans of the series. According to the listing, The Sims 4 will be releasing for Xbox One on November 17 of this year, with the pre-order bonus of the "Perfect Patio Stuff" pack. There is no listing on the PlayStation website, so this could turn out to be an exclusive, especially considering Microsoft's good relationship with publisher EA.

via: Origin

The Perfect Patio Stuff pack features "hot tubs, more fashion, and bonus décor." For more information on the console specific pack, there is a link that directs to a pretty specific section EA's official website. As of this writing, however, the link doesn't work and pulls up a 404 error. Microsoft's listing promotes the standard features to expect in the series, from character and home creation to relationship building and world exploring. Since there has been no official announcement from EA, it is unclear if the console versions of these features will be modified in any way.

It seemed for a while that The Sims 4 would be the first game in the series to skip an entry on consoles. The last entry to release on home consoles was The Sims 3: Pets, a deluxe edition of The Sims 3 focused on dogs, cats, and horses. Several expansions for The Sims 4 have been released in the game's three-year lifespan, adding new mechanics to the game as well as hundreds of items. The Sims 3: Pets did not receive a ton of DLC after release, so there is a decent chance that console players might not receive any additional content after the base game.

A console release of The Sims 4 is great timing later this year. Console players tend to be more casual, and The Sims series caters to that audience. Simulation games have been increasing in popularity recently, and the upcoming PS4 release of Cities: Skylines looks to continue that trend. As long as it's not a watered down version of the game, The Sims 4 should be a great release for Xbox One, although this could have been the perfect time to reboot the URBZ: Sims in the City spin-off.

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