Off the Grid is Still Broken...? (Sims 4 Update)

  • Published: 09 August 2019
  • A new game patch dropped today and some changes and fixes were made to Off the Grid lot trait, more photo frames, the ability to place them on tables, and a new loading screen.
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Comments • 748

  • Alexyra
    Alexyra  3 weeks back

    I took some pictures with my sims and other sims. I put them up on the badroom wall and every time they were in there, they got sad. I figured out it rly is because of the pictures, but I freakin' dont know why! I wanna have those pictures but oh no! Your sims will get sad! The other sims on the picture are still alive even! I dont know what is going oooon!

    • Lyss Simpatico
      Lyss Simpatico  3 weeks back

      Thank you for this. I was really wanting to do off the grid but theres so many things that were wrong with it I didn’t and this video is awesome updating on what has an hasnt been fixed.

      • preClassic
        preClassic  1 months back

        “They added it so it must work for something.”
        Oh James... my sweet summer child

        • Deismir
          Deismir  1 months back

          My sim is complaining they need a TV, because it's a "house necessity" but they are living off the grid. The TV won't work without electricity, and I don't understand why it's needed for a house anyway.

          • J. L. .Griffith
            J. L. .Griffith  1 months back

            Sucks when a company sells you things that don't work. Wonder why we tolerate it. The company obviously doesn't respect us, their clients, to have things from 2016 that are still broken. There's no excuse. How do you release an entire function with a game (like off the grid) and it doesn't even work? HOW? Do you not give a flying crap about the quality of your product or the satisfaction of your customers? Guess not.

            • nancy pollard
              nancy pollard  2 months back

              sigh...... i've spent so much money trying to make sims 4 fun. I'm almost ready to give up. I play sims 4 for about 15 minutes. Exit the game and play sims 2 ultimate collection for about 3 hours. Why oh why can't they get sims 4 right? For me it's mostly that the characters look and feel so flat and cartoon like.

              • TheAquaticBeef
                TheAquaticBeef  2 months back

                Yeah, with the off the grid thing, with the lot trait ONLY off the grid items should be available/visible in the catalog.

                • Maria Chase
                  Maria Chase  2 months back

                  Dude if we don’t have the mosquito pack or whatever, you are stuck with the pose that the person is having. (Like ik in the pack you can select the pose and stuff) but why wouldn’t they add that to base game. it’s kinda just


                  • ash S
                    ash S  2 months back


                    • Emily
                      Emily  2 months back

                      Honestly I'm so fed up with the sims, I cant wait for paralives

                      • GaymerGirl
                        GaymerGirl  2 months back

                        Why did you change your YT name to James Turner?

                        • skythehuman
                          skythehuman  2 months back

                          they also didn’t fix the cas mac problem with skin details :|

                          • Tiffa Barquillo
                            Tiffa Barquillo  2 months back

                            How do sims communicate with each other on off the grid? Do they send u mail or pigeons or what? Phones don't work so that means no late night party invitations?

                            • Whichistheanykey PSN
                              Whichistheanykey PSN  2 months back

                              Yeah, but your Sim can still steal other Sim's food in restaurants, so far as I'm aware!

                              • Whichistheanykey PSN
                                Whichistheanykey PSN  2 months back

                                I absolutely love playing from a trailer in Strangerville! It's so different. I've bought the laundry day stuff pack, so he has to wash clothes by hand and hang them on the line.

                                • Amaranthus616
                                  Amaranthus616  2 months back

                                  My god restaurants need a whole redo. Especially when you own one, my high level chefs still can't cook everything on the menu, they stand there taking FOREVER to cook, even on fast setting and when it is done, it takes an age to get to the customers. It's not like my restaurant is packed either.

                                  • SimDoughnut
                                    SimDoughnut  2 months back

                                    The Gas Lamp wall light wouldn't work James because it would be dependent on a natural gas line. I think you're confusing natural gas with kerosene, but yes all the candle light fixtures should work and some still don't.

                                    • Somber Forest
                                      Somber Forest  2 months back

                                      name change? When was this?

                                      • Nicole Yolanda
                                        Nicole Yolanda  2 months back

                                        Rotation can be useful if you're creating a more abstract looking picture. It is a little unfortunate that is seems to obscure the picture a bit, but for square-shaped photos it more likely than not skew it.

                                        • kayizcray
                                          kayizcray  2 months back

                                          ok but can

                                          • Spooky Salem
                                            Spooky Salem  2 months back

                                            Have they ever fixed the ovens for Off The Grid? It never made sense to me why you could only cook a couple things on the ovens

                                            • E B
                                              E B  2 months back

                                              A gas lamp is not compatible with “off the grid” because you would have to be attached to a gas line. This is why several of the stoves, except the “wood burning stove” are not compatible too. I am confused why the antique looking icebox doesn’t work off the grid. Before modern refrigeration, people may have had an icebox, which cooled food by having an actual block of ice in it. I always thought that it was an icebox and not a refrigerator. Maybe I’m wrong...

                                              • Mark Abele
                                                Mark Abele  2 months back

                                                Thanks for exploring this patch and it's strengths and limits.

                                                • Karen Brown
                                                  Karen Brown  2 months back

                                                  Dream 'stuff pack' for off the grid for me?

                                                  Some kind of pantry, some sort of ability to can and preserve fish and food you can grow/pick, etc. An outhouse/composting toilet, a hand pump and/or well for water. Some fun add-ons could be hammocks, for instance.

                                                  Basically, there's two ways to view 'off-the-grid'. One is as an emergency, a challenge, like 'castaway', and the other is as a long term chosen lifestyle.

                                                  You can play the first way, but it's hard, currently, to do it the second way.

                                                  • Kayleigh Reilly
                                                    Kayleigh Reilly  2 months back

                                                    I want off the grid where you can have solar power for electricity and maybe a well or something for water.

                                                    • Audra Walton
                                                      Audra Walton  2 months back

                                                      :D thanks for the, "off the grid," search tip. I didn't even know that much existed. I've just been guessing at it.

                                                      • DrunkinZombieFarts
                                                        DrunkinZombieFarts  2 months back

                                                        I stopped doing the off grid search. It leaves out a lot of stuff that is off grid compatible and just to much extra work. Just hovering over everything is easier and quicker.

                                                        • DrunkinZombieFarts
                                                          DrunkinZombieFarts  2 months back

                                                          I noticed on the single island in Sulani (sp?) the clothes don't dry on the clothes line. Deleted the bar in Sulani and then built a home there. No issues with the clothes drying on the line. I had the off-grid trait on both lots.

                                                          • DrunkinZombieFarts
                                                            DrunkinZombieFarts  2 months back

                                                            You's amazing how there are mods out there that create all these awesome ideas and then all of a sudden they show up in the game. Starting to think there are some EA coders that are slacking and just taking mods' codes and adding it to the game with a lil mod of their own. hmmmm

                                                            • Do nut
                                                              Do nut  2 months back

                                                              I have this issue that’s annoying it’s not a big deal but every time I search up “table” in the build mode search it automatically goes to “table lamp”. I WANT A FUCKING TABLE

                                                              • AussieCassPlays
                                                                AussieCassPlays  2 months back

                                                                The problem I had with the trait was that I couldn't wash my dog in the tub, and then the tubs would glitch out after a while and you couldn't even wash your Sim in them. I hope they fixed that because having to replace the tub every couple of Sim days was really annoying! :(

                                                                • Golden Sunshine INC
                                                                  Golden Sunshine INC  2 months back

                                                                  What happened to the name The Sims Supply?

                                                                  • Natalia is a Clown
                                                                    Natalia is a Clown  2 months back

                                                                    is anybody gonna tell me why my game isnt updated

                                                                    • Kurei
                                                                      Kurei  2 months back

                                                                      thats great n all, but my toddlers still cant drink their sippy cups....

                                                                      • AlwaysSimply ME
                                                                        AlwaysSimply ME  2 months back

                                                                        Finally! I was sooo tired of my sim's food being stolen while she was eating!

                                                                        • Nicole Birdwell
                                                                          Nicole Birdwell  2 months back

                                                                          Am i the only one who couldn’t get into sims 4 and still plays the sims 3 alone ?

                                                                          • Fatema Yesmin
                                                                            Fatema Yesmin  2 months back

                                                                            I GET SO MAD WHEN RANDOM SIMS EAT MY FOOD AT A ROMANTIC DINNER UGHHH😡

                                                                            • Peachy Keen
                                                                              Peachy Keen  2 months back

                                                                              I want them to add folders or at least “favourites” for build-mode, I use the same items a lot and would love to have it in a favourite...or style folders like in - I want to say sims 2 - “modern” “country”, etc etc. I need to make a list of the things that I think would help so I can be disappointed when they ignore my pleas 😂

                                                                              • EweOlive
                                                                                EweOlive  2 months back

                                                                                @Peachy Keen I have think it can do that. I'll have to playtest the feature, I'm only working on what the hover blurbs have implied at the moment.

                                                                              • Peachy Keen
                                                                                Peachy Keen  2 months back

                                                                                EweOlive that would be great! As long as we get multiple saves

                                                                              • EweOlive
                                                                                EweOlive  2 months back

                                                                                I think the workaround is to build a room with the stuff you want, select the whole room, then Save A Room using the folder symbol at the top. It should then appear in a folder in build mode when you're in the Styles Rooms folder.

                                                                            • Deandra Owens
                                                                              Deandra Owens  2 months back

                                                                              Restaurants in the sims SUCK my sims literal STARVE TO DEATH before the food comes🍗🍷🚫☠

                                                                              • Gilraen Calaelen
                                                                                Gilraen Calaelen  2 months back

                                                                                You really should be paid for doing their quality assurance xD guess nobody at ea tested this as thoroughly as you did and they even get the result as an entertaining video!

                                                                                • M M
                                                                                  M M  2 months back

                                                                                  I wish you could actually store food in the coolers off the grid because if I make a family meal Its just a waste of money I have to throw everything away because there's no way to store the food. And it makes sense that you should be able to store at least some food in the coolers, that's what everyone does when they go camping...

                                                                                  • Georgie Porgie
                                                                                    Georgie Porgie  2 months back

                                                                                    Yeaaah I downloaded a mod that marked a lotta lights for off the grid use...think we'll have to continue relying on the modding community for this one

                                                                                    • Georgie Porgie
                                                                                      Georgie Porgie  2 months back

                                                                                      Also I never knew how broken dine out was until I tried a specific play through recently and hoooly smokes they should not be allowed to still sell that pack rn it's SO messed up

                                                                                  • Wynn Gwynn
                                                                                    Wynn Gwynn  2 months back

                                                                                    I don't think they playtest a lot of stuff tbh.

                                                                                    • Lupinequeen13
                                                                                      Lupinequeen13  2 months back

                                                                                      Gas lamp is correct though. They worked by connecting to a natural gas line, so if you were off the grid, you couldn't connect to city supplied gas.

                                                                                      • Amando Carrillo
                                                                                        Amando Carrillo  2 months back

                                                                                        Good job got me back and keeping me entertained 🤗🤗😎😛

                                                                                        • Jacqueline Bennett
                                                                                          Jacqueline Bennett  2 months back

                                                                                          When the patch needs a patch.... come on sims team get your shit together!

                                                                                          • TheARGblue
                                                                                            TheARGblue  2 months back

                                                                                            It would be great if they would add solar and wind power towers or panels to the game. Also, rain collectors would add to the off the grid game play.

                                                                                            • Deepthinker489
                                                                                              Deepthinker489  2 months back

                                                                                              When does ps4 get the update to place pics on tables?