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Sims 4 Patch Notes (Oct 31, 2023) – Full Updates List

What's new in Sims town?

When a new update rolls out for The Sims 4, I want to know all the details as soon as possible. That's because patches manage to not only fix bugs but also throw out new items like headphones. So, here's what's new in the latest Sims 4 patch notes.

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Sims 4 Patch Notes - Update 10/31/2023

What's new in Sims 4 update

Discovery Quests

  • Discovery Quests help you uncover more cool things about the game. These Quests will point out key gameplay parts and help you learn about features and activities key to a great Sims 4 experience.
  • If you play through a Discovery Quest, you can claim some in-game rewards! You can add more to your Sim’s household, from Simoleons to potions and even satisfaction points. Here are some quests you’ll be able to play through:
    • Scoring Simoleons - Explore different ways your Sims can earn money, complete this quest, and earn some, you guessed it, Simoleons!
    • Navigating Needs - Understand the different Needs your Sims have and how to keep your Sims happy
    • Skillful Sims - Navigate and learn how to help your Sims gain new skills and level up their lives
    • You and Your Phone - Phones offer your Sims many capabilities. Explore this quest to learn more about everything you can navigate through your phone
    • Lifelong Aspirations - This quest is all about how Sims can work through and eventually complete their aspirations
    • Always on the Move - Your Sim would love to see the world beyond their home, let them experience new Worlds

You can find the Discovery Quests settings in Game Options under Tutorials & Tips.

  • We are also bringing a new context aware profanity checking system for all Gallery Uploads, Comments and Player Bio in all languages that The Sims 4 supports. While this is new for The Sims 4, the systems are currently used beyond The Gallery so they have been battle tested.

Bug Fixes

Base Game

  • Backpacks are great for storing things but having one in your lot won’t prevent your Sim from putting books away on the shelves. Leaves more room in your backpack for important things like snacks.
  • Korean - During the “Aliens Stole My Parents“ scenario, the “take a vacation“ option will be unavailable and the correct tooltip displayed explaining why now isn’t a great time to take a vacation.
  • English - Custom pronouns will be correctly reflected in the Odd Job Freelance Career
  • Loading into your home lot should greet you with your household and not error code 123:4a01697a:4adea999; prepare to accept the Welcome Wagon neighbors to your home.
  • Completing the Au Revoir, Lewis! In the Stuck in their Shadow Scenario will progress to the next goal instead of getting stuck. Now, time to go check that mail box.
  • Speaking of the Stuck in their Shadow Scenario, ever get those Mysterious Phone Calls? Nope? Well you should get them now without needing to take your Sim into Create-a-Sim and back.
  • Toddlers grow up so fast, but for right now, they will be able to grab a snack or drink from the Always Has A Snack-Bag lunchbox without going through a dramatic and sudden growth spurt first.
  • Starting the Finding Love After a Breakup Scenario will no longer drop you to the map with exception error code 121:8a89078a:d528d17c.
  • Sims that gain an extra trait can now be edited in Create-a-Sim.
  • Talking of procrastinating, when your Sim sits down to write a book or term paper they should do just that and not pick up the nearest book and start reading instead. Now, where is our basketball?
  • After a caterer has made food for your social event, you can drag this around now to place it where you like, useful for getting candles on a cake if your caterer isn’t great at placing the cake somewhere useful.
  • Dirty dishes can go anywhere, especially during student life. Who hasn’t found that one plate and multiple forks or spoons under their bed after detecting that odd aroma? Ohh, just us? Anyway apparently that isn’t where you should put them, and now neither will Sims who used to put them in the most distant parts of the home. Now they should show a bit more home pride and place dirty dishes in appropriate locations.
  • Removing skin details in Create-a-Sim should no longer generate a lastUIException for (AS)widgets.CAS.Customizer::CatalogPanel and instead will remove the skin details from your Sim as expected.
  • Stereo and Radio objects upgraded to Unbreakable shouldn’t break, no matter how hard you try. Problem was that the more determined Sims were finding the one weakness. These have been repaired free of charge and your Sims taught not to bend it that way again.


  • The game should no longer enter an unrecoverable state when launching the game for the first time and accepting the User Agreements using a Mouse and Keyboard.
  • For Simmers using the Controls Legend, the callouts on the Gallery will be easier to read.
  • The Controls Legend in the Gallery will no longer display that you can block/unblock a player while navigating your Connections and not highlighting another Simmer.
  • For players that have disabled the Controls Legend in Game Options > Other, the Gallery will now respect those settings.
  • The Controls Legend being enabled will not display the Sim switch prompts (PlayStation - L1/R1, Xbox - LB/RB) in CAS if you only have a one Sim household
  • Opening the Cheats panel while on the Main Menu won’t keep it stuck open when you are done. The cheat panel can now be closed again.
  • While cooking, the shoulder buttons (PlayStation - L1/R1, Xbox - LB/RB) will switch between recipe filters as expected.

Gallery Server

  • Entering a stop word (AND, WITH, OR etc.) in your Gallery search will no longer return zero results. For example: “Cat with Dog” will show you results for you to bring into your game. We will be continuing to update the Gallery search functionality to better handle stop words in the future, but you should get results now.
  • Viewing an upload was only displaying one page of comments meaning you couldn’t view everything if there were lots of responses. Now you can keep scrolling to read all the available comments.

City Living

  • You know when you have something important to work on and then you procrastinate, and maybe play a little basketball before getting back to it before… basketball? Well we told the Sims that if they didn’t focus we’d take their basketball away, they can play later. So now Sims should no longer stop their important tasks to autonomously go and play basketball.

Discover University

  • Russian - A typo on the “Accept as new Roommate“ interaction has been addressed, thanks to AHQ Heroes for raising this issue.


  • Sims that celebrate Neighborhood Brawl Holiday will no longer have negative sentiments towards each other afterwards, such is the power of the holidays.

Island Living

  • Mermaids tend to like the ocean, or the streets of New York City if our 1984 movie history serves us right. What you might not know is that they enjoy the odd mud bath too, or rather they do now since they will stop complaining about a routing error when trying to take one.
  • Thalassophobia, or the fear of deep water, is real and some Sims were becoming tense even when not near the ocean. Now the moodlet should only apply if the Sim is swimming.

Eco Lifestyle

  • The Juice Fizzer (juiceFizzer_EP09GEN_set1) will do what it's expected to do, fizz your juice and not get stuck on the fizzing part of the function.

Snowy Escape

  • Yamachan will no longer enter your homes even if you use a Neighborhood Action Plan. If Yamachan is already in your home, you can tell them to leave using the Send Home interaction.

Cottage Living

  • Rabbits can be very thoughtful; one in particular was giving away items tagged as DEBUG for PC and Mac Simmers or UNKNOWN for console Simmers,as gifts like the Cow Flower. This gift has been removed from the rabbit’s stash and will not be presented to your Sims.

High School Years

  • Sims attending the Copperdale Pier together can enjoy the attractions. They can even ride solo or together. The tunnel of love is still reserved for potential love interests, though.

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Sims 4 Horse Ranch Preparation, Color Swatch Additions, and Bug Fixes Update (July 18, 2023)

What's Been Added

  • Minor changes to prepare The Sims 4 for the Horse Ranch Expansion Pack
  • Eye bags, eye presets, eyebrows, and three new hairstyles added to CAS
  • Three Sisters Chili added to recipes
  • Ceilings can now have color added
  • Color swatches updated for six wall patterns
  • New color swatches for fourteen different wooden floor patterns
  • Color swatches for twelve different stone floor patterns
  • Ladder-Style Horizontal Fencing item has new color swatches
  • Simple Single-Panel Door and Simple Single-Panel Door - Ranch color swatches have been updated
  • Multiple bug fixes for console and PC

Sims 4 Console Changes, Gallery Improvements, and Bug Fixes Update (May 30, 2023)

  • While the Gallery is still under maintenance, this update will enable the Gallery to be added back once reconstruction of it is finished.
  • Control updates for console players.
    • Bumpers now change between Sims in Live Mode
    • Triggers adjust speed in Live Mode
    • Bumpers now rotate all objects in Build Mode
    • Triangle/Y is now used to place multiple doors/windows and to switch tiles between single and full-room
    • Other small controller changes
  • Bug fixes for console and PC

Sims 4 Decoration Slots, Undergarments, and Becca Update (April 18, 2023)

  • The Australian Singer, Becca Hatch, will feature Simlish versions of her music on the Pop Radio station in-game
  • Becca Hatch, the singer, will also be available for download in Sim form from the Gallery
  • Native support for Apple silicon chipsets and Intel-based Macs updated/released
  • Plain and simple underwear options for teens and older
  • New slots/spaces for decor to fit on top of bathroom items like sinks and the backs of toilets
  • A few new color swatches for Towel Storage Rack and Countryside Caress Medicine Cabinet added

Sims 4 Tooth Loss Console Update (March 29, 2023) - Patch Notes

Consoles now have the same update that PC got on March 24, 2023. The tooth loss glitch is still not fixed, but it has been pulled from consoles as well:

  • Sims were having an issue with hair, skin, and clothing changes when losing a tooth. Until the issue is permanently fixed, the tooth loss option is temporarily disabled.

Sims 4 Tooth Loss Update (March 24, 2023) - Patch Notes

To address a glitch from the Growing Years Expansion Pack, a feature has been pulled from The Sims 4:

  • Addressing an issue where Sims who were losing a tooth experienced aesthetic changes to hair, skin, etc. While the feature is being fixed, tooth loss is currently disabled.

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Sims 4 Infant Update (March 14, 2023) - Patch Notes

The big draw for the March 2023 update to The Sims 4 is the revamped infants in-game. As the Growing Together Expansion pack prepares to launch, players that own at least the base game will also get to enjoy the perks of babies that are more than just assets sitting in a crib.

  • Functional babies! There is still the old style of infants, but now they are labeled as Newborns (this stage lasts around 2-3 days, depending on life length settings), with the revamped babies being called Infants. New Infant Sims can crawl, play with siblings, and generally interact more with their surroundings.
  • Infants come with clothing, accessories, and six new traits that can be modified in CAS.
  • New nursery additions! A few cribs (including an upgradeable one), a travel crib, and miscellaneous decor/furniture options have been added for Sim parents to adorn their homes with.
  • A brand new phone feature called Science Baby, allows you to see what a genetic mix of two Sims would result in.

Corrected Bugs & Issues/Improvements

  • Toddlers and Children can now interact with Newborns. This was not a bug, but it is a gameplay improvement.
  • Newborns now have an improved range of skin tones.
  • General improvements in Newborn Sim appearances.
  • Interactions of caregivers with Newborn Sims tweaked for more natural movements.
  • Improved hair swatches, for consistency in color.
  • Family members will call not call Sims with family planning advice as often.
  • Fears have been scaled for more appropriate (lesser) occurrences.
  • Expanded Dislikes and Likes for Decor.
  • Stuffed animals are now considered toys.
  • General small bug fixes were made throughout.
  • Notifications throughout the game have been improved for clarity.

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