Maxis: Sims 4 will run better on lower-end machines than Sims 3

Developer says players on less capable rigs will have "much better experience" with new game compared to past entry.

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The Sims fans running lower-end PCs are in luck, as Maxis has confirmed that The Sims 4 will run better on less-capable rigs than The Sims 3.

"We're really excited to say that players on lower-end machines are going to have a much better experience on The Sims 4 than they did with The Sims 3," producer Ryan Vaughn told Digital Spy at Gamescom.

Vaughn explained that Maxis understands that not all its players are running high-end machines and said the developer is optimizing the game to ensure players on all rigs are satisfied.

"Right now we're doing a lot of work to optimize the game's performance, cut down on loading screens, and make sure everything still looks as beautiful, the Sims feel as vibrant, and that your gameplay is just as much fun regardless of what spec you're playing on," he said.

Electronic Arts showed off gameplay for The Sims 4 this week at Gamescom. The game introduces emotional states, among other features, that aim to bolster the authenticity of the experience.

The Sims 4 launches for the PC and Mac in 2014. An Internet connection will not be required, as was the case for Maxis' controversial SimCity.

Discussion

218 comments
kremkaffe
kremkaffe

Will it be able to run with shit like Celeron?

arcangelgold
arcangelgold

I'd like it if we could spend less than 5 sim hours waiting for them to go potty and flush the toilet. I'm so tired of the fake sim hours going by so fast the sims can't even get down their own stairs in less than an hour.

theextraguy
theextraguy

Sims 3 can't even run on Higher End PC's. The developers have still not fixed many of the bugs that plague the game such as the load times and random crashes, also the fact that game runs even slower when you add more content, and not just mods, but their own store content (which I may or may not have acquired with a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum). Let's not forget the gameplay freeze issue, apparently it's because of a path finding bug with a sim somewhere in your world that a mod can sort of fix, but I shouldn't have to rely on mods to fix shit that EA should have fixed everytime they release the money grabbing expansion packs which slows your game down even more I might add.

I have a high end PC that can run games like Crisis 2 and The Witcher 2 on Very High (close to Ultra even, but even on very high they still look beautiful) Specifications. I cannot run the Sims 3 without lag, crashing, freezes, long load times, and yet I can run their previous iterations perfectly... Fix your shit EA!

99problematics
99problematics

i dont care if it works better or not, i care about the freaking lag and stutter rate the sims has become. anyone else or just me? i've gotten this since late night.. bad lags, and at times crashing. ugh

Lilbizbeat
Lilbizbeat

Maybe they should create Celebrity sims on this sims 4. It would be great. 

maaaddi24
maaaddi24

Does anyone have any news on if it will actually run on a Mac without crashing?! Thanks!

Textfield
Textfield

If they have even a single person in common that has worked for SimCity, the game will be a disaster.

skryim01
skryim01

I just recently bought an alienware m14 gaming laptop, and the sims 3 runs perfectly fine on it...  Haven't installed any expansions, only one that interests me really is seasons and late night...  I know that when I was playing it on my old rig, as soon as I installed pets, wow, the problems and fps probs, but that was a shit lappy, so I dunno, but am going to avoid pets anyway on my m14.

Gargus
Gargus

Probablly because of 1 of 2 reasons.

1) They are running on a modified sims3 engine meaning that by todays standards a lower end PC was really a high end PC when sims3 originally was out.

2) They learned how to optimize the damn thing because sims3 ran like shit on a lot pretty nice rigs in its day.

banzaigtv
banzaigtv

Funny how my rig can handle Crysis 3 well on high settings, but Sims 3 Pets lags like a b****. Hopefully the new version will be at least much better optimized than *cough* GTA4 *cough*.

binbin90
binbin90

this is great news :D My computer sucks

anja1234
anja1234

lol andre looks like jonneh

adupuis
adupuis

that's great to here.  I don't need to get new laptop again because I just get new one about 8 months ago its HP4core with 4 gb 512 ram Sims 3 does lag some after installing  island paradise expansion pack

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Hopefully less bugs too. I'm stunned by how buggy Sims 3 is.

JustBeYourself
JustBeYourself

The Sims is just too been there done that, nothing really new they can do.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Sims 3 takes ages to load on my rig I have the base game installed along with about 9 expansions 2 are light ones High end loft stuff and outdoor living stuff. I have all my games installed on a 500GB drive as my Win 7 is on a 128GB SSD and yet I have another 5 games installed with 350GB free and Sims 3 still takes a good 5 mins to load up. In Sims 4 the need to solve that issues on low/high end rigs and solve the issue where people and cars get stuck somewhere in the city/town and cause your games to lag so much.

straightcur
straightcur

cause that worked great for SimCity LOL

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

SOOOOO, they are going to make it look shittier to run on older comps, make it look like or worse than sims 3, and charge the same/more for it?  Well done...  EA at it's finest...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Won't matter.  My rig is aging, and ran 3 just fine.  I plan to rebuild once I get work again. 

WittyRobot
WittyRobot

Of course Sims 4 will run well on lower end machines because the Sims 4 engine looks pretty much exactly like the Sims 3 engine, hahaha.

I will NOT be getting Sims 4. Everything you can do in that trailer can already be done on Sims 3. Anyone else agree?

toshineon
toshineon

I really hope so. I have a mid-range gaming desktop and a mid/high-end laptop, and The Sims 3 stutters and suffers from slowdowns on both, even though both computers can handle games like Far Cry 3 and DiRT 3 on high settings.

OzmaHD
OzmaHD

They should use Bioshock Infinite Graphics for this game, atleast it will look decent.

Hastur
Hastur

I recently picked up the Sims 3 in the Humble Bundle and I was surprised on how much of an impact the game made on my machine. I have a high end gaming rig, but the game still takes ages to load.

zintarr
zintarr

There was a time that I liked The Sims. Now is just a metro sexual playland.

DrCyclopsX
DrCyclopsX

Yeah, but how many Katy Perry-themed expansions will they put out this time before doing Pets?

IndiePrower
IndiePrower

The more I see the visual style, the more I feel that I'm already outside the game's target market.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

The money you save on upgrading your PC can be spent on more Sims expansion/stuff packs.

Or, you know, EA could stop their evil ways and.... wait, what am I saying, that will never happen.

BradBurns
BradBurns

I'm not super familiar with the Sims games, so correct me if I'm wrong here, but it seems that the Sims 4 has a much more cartoony art style than its predecessor.

I don't find it terribly appealing.  

The new interface is much appreciated, though. It shouldn't have been as difficult as it was to make a characters in a game aimed at a casual audience.

crossnfs
crossnfs

have a look at need for speed most wanted 2012 5 DLC packs have been releaseed this year and more soon if they keep this up and yes it runs Frostbite in the game too 

gamergath
gamergath

Finally... good news i have heard so far...

SlayerX13
SlayerX13

If there is no online multilayer.  I don't care.  It just makes it Pirate Bay material.

coop36
coop36

Say what you like about Sims 3. But after having the whole seamless town opened up with no loading screens I just cant go back to Sims 1 or 2. The crazy amount of DLC is getting old though.. wish they would just put more into the base game.

OtakuLiz
OtakuLiz

@maaaddi24 RIGHT??? I gave up after University Life rendered my game unplayable, much like Seasons made most Mac users' (I skipped Seasons in the hopes of avoiding the game crashing more than once every couple of hours, only to have those hopes dashed by University Life). Can they get Aspyr back on board to help out with this??

banzaigtv
banzaigtv

@DiscGuru101 Yeah, really. My computer runs on a Core i7 @ 3.2 ghz, X58 mobo, GTX 660, and 12 GB RAM, yet Sims 3 still has fps problems. Even Hitman Absolution on ultra can run better than this.

kamranmackey
kamranmackey

@xeoneex66 No. Read this. "Right now we're doing a lot of work to optimize the game's performance, cut down on loading screens, and make sure everything still looks as beautiful, the Sims feel as vibrant, and that your gameplay is just as much fun regardless of what spec you're playing on," Ryan Vaughn said.

skryim01
skryim01

@WittyRobot nah, the new building system and in depth character creation looks intriguing enough to make me purchase it...  Also, the new furni in the games is always worth having a look at!

kremkaffe
kremkaffe

@toshineon  Oh my parents bought me a Celeron :D 1.80 Ghz, it'll be a miracle if Sims 4 could play on that :/

kamranmackey
kamranmackey

@OzmaHD Bioshock Infinite is NOTHING like The Sims, so I highly doubt EA/Maxis will use the graphics that are in Bioshock Infinite. 

DrCyclopsX
DrCyclopsX

@zintarr What, playing virtual dolls isn't macho enough for you anymore?

kamranmackey
kamranmackey

@DrCyclopsX They only put out one Katy Perry expansion pack in The Sims 3, so maybe they won't do one for The Sims 4.

DrCyclopsX
DrCyclopsX

@BradBurns Looks pretty much the same as Sims 3 as far as I can tell, but a little more... plastic-y, if that makes any sense.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@BradBurns  

To me the art is very similar to The Sims 3. I think 3 and 4 are more alike than any of the other games in the series.

theextraguy
theextraguy

@Hdhannandon1 @JustBeYourself Like the original creators said, they said it was easier to have a gibberish language for localisation and they said having any language would become too repetitive.

I think it's a stupid Idea to get rid of this iconic language of Simlish. What's wrong with it anyway?

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Hdhannandon1 @JustBeYourself 

Okay, that's true.  I wouldn't mind at all, although I'm sure the publisher / developers would seriously mind the localization expenses and logistics.  I wonder how much of their sales are worldwide?

OtakuLiz
OtakuLiz

@skryim01 @WittyRobot I admit to being a bit underwhelmed by the announcement, but I'm betting there will be a lot more revealed to get me excited for it by the time it comes out.