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.

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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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kieron7890
kieron7890

I can't seem to play this game! I've downloaded it off of the Origin website. When I try to open the game my screen goes black and then sends me back to my desktop screen. Can anybody help?

I have an Alienware Laptop


Intel Core i7 Processor cpu @ 2.40GHz

8GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765m

mariasgottweets
mariasgottweets

Brilliant News!! sims 3 kept crashing on me and i have an i5 core processor in my laptop

sirlein
sirlein

My i7-4810mq, nvidia 860m and 8Gb of ram laptop works just fine on ultra settings. With the exception that you have to manually set up the settings with Optimus, otherwise it will default to the integrated graphics card. 

adrian13sk
adrian13sk

That's bullshit. I have low end laptop and I can't run create a sim demo....

rubydream95
rubydream95

This is absolute Bull just paid out for a brand new laptop of £400 and it still wont run the sims 4 ! So what they expect people to pay out for brand new CPU's and Graphics cards so much for being better on lower grade systems every year this gets worse your making customers pay over priced games with content that is not fully there the only game that was half decent and was a big step up was the sims 2 cant actually believe @EAGames ! I have been a loyal fan from the very beginning and this is what I get back in return thanks, I will be buying this product the day I become rich !!! 

ismail1d
ismail1d

Seriously EA need to get their shit together. My HighEnd PC lags so much. It can run other games fine on ultra but Sims 3 stutters so much. I am still going to get Sims 4, just hope they fix the problems.

PC Specs:

P9X79 PRO MOTHERBOARD

XFX BLACK EDITION 7970 3GB GDDR5

i7-3820 CPU

32GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE PRO RAM

shrosli
shrosli

Can anyone tell me how my computer is. These are the specs:

Processor: Intel Core Duo 2 E7500 2.93 GHz

RAM: 2 GB

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 610

So, how is it? I've played Skyrim on Mid, AC 2 and Brotherhood on High, Sims 3 Low/Mid. They say here Sims 4 will be easier to play in terms of software. So if I can play Sims 3 now without lag at that state, I can play Sims 4 probably?

cameroncr95
cameroncr95

Ima laugh when EA's def of "Low End" is actually i3 and 8GB ram. The SIms 3 ran absolutely horrid even if you maxed out the recommended specs. 

francescosacco
francescosacco

Thank god Beacause I just got a new graphics card for my (nvidia GeForce510) so I hope it will work.

Anybody know how much space it will take?

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?

kevinwclark81
kevinwclark81

@adrian13sk The demo is actually badly bugged. I was able to play on my laptop but my co-worker wasn't and he has a better laptop then me. I did have the music go crazy on me. When it was suppose to switch songs it didn't and was bugging. This being said I wonder how stable the actual game will be if Simcity and the CAS demo is any indicator. 

kevinwclark81
kevinwclark81

@shrosli In comparison to the highest rig that is petty low. The highest is this. Intel i7 excluding the extreme because they are usually so expensive that only hardcore gamers would get. 32Gb of Ram. Geforce TitanZ which is quite a gap from your graphics card. Just go to their websites and you can get caught up with where your hardware is in the line up. top of the line should let you play anything at top graphics

AnimeZer0
AnimeZer0

@shrosli Don't mean to bother. However, my Graphics card died on me recently. So, I had borrow one. and I've been look at the NVIDIA GeForce GT 610, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 and Maybe nvidia geforce gt 630. So, I can play Sims 3 and some video again again and hopeful Sims 4. I do plan on saving up for something bit stronger. However, I just want something to hold me over in the mean time.While am saving up .and was wondering how your NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 handles games? or would recommend me going with 620. am a bit iffy on the 630. Cause, I do plan on replace the NVIDIA GeForce down the road with another  NVIDIA card.What would you suggest?

migutin27
migutin27

@shrosli Get 4GB, it will be enough yet at least until 2016-2017 at max settings and such... then if you have 4gb you will be ok with medium-high settings, maybe some ultra settings too, idk

logainofhades
logainofhades

@francescosacco  You call that a graphics card?  Integrated graphics in the newest AMD and Intel processors is faster than that. 

cameroncr95
cameroncr95

@kremkaffe Late reply but oh well. Depends on the Celeron. A celeron from 2007 was able to max out Dead Space 3 using a 1GB graphics card and 4GB ram lol. 

kevinwclark81
kevinwclark81

@theextraguy BS, then it is the copy of your game. If you can run Witcher 2 you can run nearly anything. That is one of the most demanding games on pc. Same goes for Crisis series. I can't even play Witcher 2 on my laptop at low graphics but I can play mass effect 3 at medium high and other similar games at medium. I can play the new simcity etc.

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!

logainofhades
logainofhades

@AnimeZer0 @shrosli Do not go with a gt 610/620/630. They are not real gaming cards. If you have at least a 300w power supply, pick up a GTX 750 or GTX 750ti. They are the fastest you can get without needing an external power connector. 

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?

kevinwclark81
kevinwclark81

@kamranmackey I have many issues with the new instalment but to claim that it looks like or worse then sims 3 is a false claim. It is improved but the problem is that it still looks or looks even more cartoonish. Im not buying the game if they make pools an expansion because that is a great indicator that they lied about it being difficult to do and just thought that it would be a good idea to make one of the past base features DLC.

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.