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Sims 4 first-person mode | How to play Sims in first-person

The Sims is among one of the most popular franchises in gaming. Drawing such a broad audience, even with its newest entry The Sims 4, the long-running series has catered to casual and hardcore gamers alike. Even five years after its release, the game manages to have a few surprises in store. One of the most notable is The Sims 4‘s first-person mode. A first in the series, The Sims 4 lets you play the game entirely in first-person. You may be wondering how exactly do you turn on this alternative perspective. This guide will tell you how to do just that, as well as how to control the character in this mode.

How do I turn on first-person mode in The Sims 4?

Turning on The Sims 4 first-person mode is actually pretty simple. However, it does depend on what version of the game you are playing:

  • For PC players: Shift + Tab
  • For PS4 and Xbox One players: Hold in the right thumb stick.

Yes, it is that simple. It should be noted that if you are in control of a few different Sims, you can switch to them on the fly. To do so on PC, all you have to do is press the left or right arrow key. If you have the Cats and Dogs expansion, this means you be able to switch to your pet’s point of view as well. Finally, your dreams of living your life as a house dog will come true.

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How do I control my character in first-person mode?

The controls for first-person mode are similar to just playing The Sims 4 regularly with a few caveats. You will be able to move your head around regardless of whether your controlled character is idle or moving to the next activity.

  • For PC players: Use the mouse to look around and the mouse wheel to adjust the field of view. Use the left mouse button to interact with the world. Use the shift key to control the cursor and the user interface.
  • For PS4 and Xbox One players: Use the left analog stick to look around and the right analog stick to adjust your field of view. Use the X (PS4) or A (Xbox One) button to interact with the world. For PS4 players, you’ll use the touch pad to access the user interface; for Xbox One players, you’ll use the view button, which is on the left side of the controller with the two boxes overlapping each other.

It is entirely possible to play all of The Sims 4 in the first-person mode. It may not be the ideal way, but it certainly gets you to really immerse yourself in the Sims world.