Another Sims 4 update, another change to the UI. Pardon the snark, but we do wonder sometimes how much better the game would be if the base game bug fixes got as much attention as the interface aesthetics. But let us not digress.
The latest Sims 4 update, released on 26 April 2022, saw some big changes to the user interface which, according to the official patch notes, are not just for aesthetics.
Yep, that’s right Simmers – some more auto-generated generic text from the last Sim you played with is here to take your gaming to the next level. Again, pardon the snark.
Before our eyes roll so hard that we knock ourselves out, let’s get into the official patch notes. Apparently there are some bug fixes, too.
But, if you are curious what the new UI landing screen looks like, feast your eyes on the delightfully duplicated images below. Don’t worry about the blurry bit of the Sim in the Resume menu – we simply (ha ha!) wanted to preserve Playable Test’s dignity and privacy.
As always, we take the patch notes verbatim from the official announcement on The Sims forums, and we edit only for style and brevity where required. Patch notes now available below.
Sims 4 Latest Patch Notes: 26 April 2022 update
PC: 188.8.131.520 / Mac: 184.108.40.2060
Console: Version 1.58
Can you believe that we are already approaching the end of the first quarter of 2022? Where does the time go? We hope you have been enjoying Neighbourhood Stories and are looking forward to everything that is coming through the rest of the year.
To round out the first four months of the year, this update brings with it a number of bug fixes including some which have been high on your lists, and a new Main Menu which is more focused on you and your Sims.
Let’s take a look and see what’s been updated with this release.
– The Sims Team
What’s new in the Sims 4 April 2022 update?
New look Main Menu
We have a new look Main Menu and it isn’t just aesthetics.
First thing you will probably notice is the new launch panel on the right, not only does it look different, it has new modular features built in to personalize your experience.
If you are a new Simmer, you’ll notice that the New Game button includes some motivational messages underneath it to help you with your first game experience.
If you have been with The Sims 4 for long enough to create a Saved Game then you’ll notice the Resume button is no longer a giant play icon and instead displays a profile picture of your last active Sim from your last saved session. Your Sim will have a little something to share or say!
These little surveys will appear periodically on the Main Menu and can be completed without leaving the game. Some of these surveys will be fun while others could help shape the future of The Sims 4 based on your feedback.
If you prefer to control when you see or don’t see surveys in-game, you can toggle your setting in Game Options > Other under the “Enable in-game surveys”
New Packs Filters
On occasion, when checking out the latest Packs, you might notice a new entry in the Pack filters at the top of the screen. Be sure to check these out when you see them, there could be something new to discover that you might have otherwise missed.
Dynamic Main Menu Panels
Some of the information panels on the Main Menu come with expanding information panels. Simply hover over a panel and the details will present themselves, move off the panel and the information box will collapse down again.
The Sims 4
- Starting a Scenario and attempting to move your household in with an existing household will no longer silently end your Scenario. Now, you will need to complete or cancel your active Scenario before merging households.
- Fingernails should no longer clip into the fingers and look distorted while creating a Young Adult Female Sim in CAS. We are continuing to review distorted nails in other situations so keep an eye out for additional fixes in this area in future updates.
- For Simmers on PlayStation and Xbox running into an issue with dropping walls and moving between floors with the D-Pad, we have good news! We have implemented a fix which should restore your D-Pad functionality. If you continue to run into issues please reach out to us on Answers HQ.
- Simmers that chose to cancel the process of saving a built up lot to My Library while the Lot thumbnails were being generated could find themselves temporarily locked out of navigating the Lot or would experience graphical flickering. This performance impact should now be resolved and the thumbnails will no longer generate behind the scenes after canceling the Save Lot process.
- We have tidied up the Game Options menu a little by removing the Fill In Empty Lots option. This particular option has been superseded with Neighbourhood Stories and the “Move In” functionality.
- Pulling a prank and breaking the toilet is all fun and games, until you can’t repair it which is exactly what happened to the Sweet Escapes Country Toilet. The toilet is now repairable by your skilled Sims or by calling in a repair service.
- While planning an event, jumping between Invite Sims and Select a Place tabs will be accurately reflected in the tab icons.
- The Origin In-Game overlay on PC should resize to the correct resolution if it was open during game client resolution changes.
- Selecting the button on a video window before the video finished playing was leaving some players with a gray screen. This should no longer happen.
- University can be tough but re-enrolling after being suspended shouldn’t be one of those difficulties. Now when you get your acceptance letter in the mail your Sim will be able to head back and complete their higher education journey.
- NPC’s were getting so stressed that they would make the De-stressing Decoction on the grill and then finish it on the stove. Now, they will no longer split their creation of this concoction between grills and stoves.
Décor to the Max
- The Circle of Infinity wall sculpture comes with plenty of warnings, but after getting lost staring into the circle of infinity, we went and sorted out that infinity frame, which didn’t accurately represent the lighting from the environment around it.