Electronics is a buy mode category in which the player can purchase stereos, computers, TVs, video game hardware, alarm clocks, fire and burglar alarms, phones, and other electronic devices for their Sims. Most of these items fulfill the fun motive for Sims.
Some classes of electronics, such as TVs and computers, may occasionally break down. Broken electronics may be repaired by a hired repairman or by controllable Sims. Unlike in the case of plumbing objects, Sims run the risk of electrocution if their mechanical or handiness skill is too low when repairing an electronic object.
Electronics will always function normally and do not require any visible power outlets or power lines to operate. A removed power outage scenario in The Sims 2 likely would have involved electronics being unusable for a period of time during the scenario. In The Sims 4, a household's electricity will be cut if the bills are not paid within 48 hours, which will result in all electronic objects losing power.
Although many other electronic objects exist in the series, these are typically classified under different categories where available. For example, kitchen appliances, such as microwaves, require electricity to function, they are classified under appliances rather than electronics.
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- Contains the jukebox and a range of speakers.
- Contains a range of telephones.
The Sims 2Edit
In The Sims 2, the electronics category contains five subcategories:
- TVs and Computers
- This subcategory contains a variety of televisions and computers, ranging from basic sets costing only a few hundred Simoleons to large, expensive flat screens.
- Small Electronics
The Sims 3Edit
There are four electronics subcategories in The Sims 3:
- This subcategory contains a range of television sets.
- This subcategory contains a range of computers and laptops.
- This subcategory contains various stereos.
- This subcategory contains burglar alarms, fire alarms, clocks, game consoles and arcade games.
The Sims 4Edit
There are five electronics subcategories in The Sims 4:
- Various television sets can be found in this subcategory, along with some TV stands on which to place them.
- This subcategory contains a range of computers and tablets.
- This subcategory contains various stereo and speaker systems.
- This subcategory contains a fire alarm and sprinkler system. Unlike in previous games, there are no burglar alarms.
- This subcategory, as always, covers items which do not fit into the other subcategories, although some items, such as the tablet computer, appear both in this category and another. Also, as there is no longer a separate 'entertainment' subcategory, gaming systems can now be found here. Other than that it mainly consists of clocks, and, if Get to Work is installed, a variety of scientific machines and cash registers.