Without rotating the camera, you can’t experience Sims 4 to the fullest. Changing the camera angle helps to build houses more efficiently and make the game feels more realistic. However, the camera controls in Sims 4 have changed from the last game release and may not be obvious for many players.
In this guide, we’ll explain how to change the camera angle in Sims 4 on a Mac and Windows PC. Additionally, we’ll share instructions for taking screenshots and switching between camera types. Read on to get the new Sims 4 controls straight.
How to Rotate the Camera Angle in Sims 4 on a Mac
Camera controls in Sims 4 differ slightly depending on the mode. Here’s how to change the camera angle in the Live Mode:
- Press and hold the Command key.
- Click and hold the left mouse button.
- Drag your mouse around to change the viewing angle. When you drag the mouse down, the camera will also tilt down; when you drag it to the left, the camera will tilt left.
- Optionally, use your mouse scrolling wheel to zoom in or out.
If you’re in the Camera Mode, use the arrow keys or W, A, S, and D to move the camera. Use the Fn + downward arrow or Fn + upward arrow combinations to move the camera up or down.
How to Rotate the Camera Angle in Sims 4 on a Windows PC
Follow the instructions below to control the camera angle in Sims 4 Live Mode:
- Hit the Control key on your keyboard and hold it down while controlling the camera.
- Click the left mouse button and hold it.
- Move your mouse around while pressing the left button to change the view. The camera will follow the movement of your cursor.
- Zoom in or out using your mouse scrolling wheel.
In the Camera Mode, you can control the viewing angle using the arrow keys or W, A, S, and D. To move the camera up or down, hold down the upward or downward arrow key and the Fn button.
How to Rotate the Camera Angle Vertically Up and Down
The way of tilting the camera up or down in Sims 4 may not be obvious. But once you learn it, the controls seem intuitive and handy. Here’s how to tilt the camera up or down in Sims 4:
- Press down the Command key or Mac or Control key on Windows.
- Click and hold your left mouse button.
- Move your cursor up to tilt the camera up.
- Move your cursor down to tilt the camera down.
Alternatively, in Camera Mode, you can control the vertical camera view following the Fn + upward arrow or Fn + downward arrow combinations.
How to Rotate the Camera Angle in Sims 4 Build Mode
Controlling the camera in Sims 4 Bild Mode is no different from doing it in the Live Mode. Follow the steps below:
- Press and hold the Command key on a Mac or the Control key on Windows.
- Click and hold the left mouse button.
- Drag your mouse around and the camera view will follow.
In this section, we’ll answer more questions related to controlling the camera in Sims 4.
How Do I Switch Between Camera Types in Sims 4?
There are two ways of switching between camera types in the game, a long one and a simple one. Here’s how to change the camera view through the game settings:
1. Press the Esc key to open the game menu.
2. Click Game Options.
3. Click Controls & Camera.
4. Select the camera view.
You can also use the Control + Shift + Tab shortcut instead. On Mac computers, use the Command key instead of Control.
How Do I Access First Person Camera View in Sims 4 on a Console?
Sims 4 console controls are a bit limited compared to those of the PC version. You can’t change the angle as easily, but you can move the camera up or down. You can also switch between camera views, enabling either third or first-person view.
To do this on a PlayStation 4, press the R3 button on your controller to switch the view.
On an Xbox One, press the RS button. Use the right analog stick of your controller to move the camera around.
Take a Look Around
Now that you know how to control the camera in Sims 4, the game should become even more fun. Knowing the right controls gives you freedom of movement and plenty of new possibilities. For instance, when in first-person view, you can truly dive into the gameplay and look in places you’d never access with the third-person view.
What do you think of the updated Sims 4 camera controls? Do you find them handy or prefer the Sims 3 camera controls? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.