The Sims 4 PC System Requirements Revealed

If you play anything on your PC, you can probably run The Sims 4.

Electronic Arts has revealed the PC minimum system requirements for The Sims 4.

In addition to an internet connection and an Origin account to activate the product and a keyboard and mouse, you will need:

  • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
  • PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
  • MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Not surprisingly, these are relatively low. The Sims is the best selling PC game series ever, so it reaches a wide and varied audience, with many players using low-end PC hardware. According to the specifications above, you could run The Sims 4 on a lot of standard laptops released in the last couple of years. However, keep in mind that these are only the minimum system requirements, so the game could conceivably scale up and look quite nice on stronger hardware.

A recently released gameplay video of the The Sims 4 revealed that EA has plans for something called The Sims 4 Premium, a service that includes early access to new content. The Sims 4 is scheduled for release on September 2 for the PC and Mac.

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148 comments
Mr_wwi
Mr_wwi

My PC can run this game smoothly

tasteslikepanda
tasteslikepanda

Shame that Origin is asking £49.99 while anyone who bothers to look around can get it for £35 from sites like Amazon or Gameseek :/ total rip off imo.

hehe101
hehe101

What a shame, Sims has gone downhill so much

illage2
illage2

Might be worth getting, but I'm going grey market no way I'm paying £59.99 for the Collectors Edition or £49.99 for the limited edition (Only ones you can get on Origin) when I get it from somewhere like G2A for nearly half the price.
 Plus since they've removed pools and toddlers then I shouldn't have to pay over the odds for it.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Origin account, just to activate? No way, not even if it was final fantasy 7 remake with an Aeris resurrection add on, would I keep Origin running on my pc. Origin would be fine if it was just to verify product for DRM, but it runs in the background collecting metadata, messes up bandwidth, and steals processing power not matter what game or what you are doing on your pc. Tries to activate itself as a service, when you power your pc on- bah just do not let Origin on your pc- google it . 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Windows XP?  That's past 'low end' and getting into "dangerously outdated malware platform."

P.S.  Shouldn't this be counted as "PC news"??

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Its not about hardware it's more about the coding Sims 3 has the got to have the worst coding for the hardware that was out at the time because it can struggle on the best of systems, sims even get stuck which can screw your game up????

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Although I wont be playing The Sims 4, its heartening to see such requirements for a 2014 game. Reminded me of the good ole' days !!!

sortajan
sortajan

I hope it's not a DRM-ridden, ultra-streamlined, buggy pile of garbage. I bet it will be, but I hope it's not.

wafflekings
wafflekings

Series needs to die. Or gtfo of EA's evil grasp.

Lattata
Lattata

Ugh... this failure waiting to happen. I'll stick to Sims 3.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Downgrading right now!

Mbrans25den
Mbrans25den

Wasn't this released 4 years ago. Oh I see this is another expansion...

sigmact
sigmact

girlfriends rejoice!

demondogx
demondogx

However...you do need a high bankaccount for all the DLC and Microtransactions

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

Please tell me the graphics are on the lowest setting in that trailer, I'm pretty sure that's the equivalent of sims 2...

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I guess it's not so bad that it looks like it's going to suck, since I wouldn't be playing it anyway, even for free, with that Origin virus on my PC.

Anigmar
Anigmar

These requirements are no surprise. Textures have no detail, lighting is poor, limited AIs per lot and no open world. Even the Create a Sim Demo looks bland at max settings. I've played Sims since the first installment up to the last game. Sims 3 was a good idea in many areas that fails due to a poor engine (running on a single core? crazy) and terrible debugging. Instead of improving the formula they have dumbed it down. So frustrating...

streamline
streamline

This reminds me of GTA except for without the grandness, theft, and automobiles.

whyiscrowdpurpl
whyiscrowdpurpl

First time ever that my PC`s actually equipped to run something, and I won`t be buying it because of how crap it looks.

4kgamer_lmxxx
4kgamer_lmxxx

I don't get the hate about this series. If you don't like it or the concept than all that means is that it's not for you. There's an audience for literally everything, and as it so happens to be, the audience for this series is pretty damn huge.

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

No always on DRM?
But how will they use the power of THE CLOUD to handle the super complex computations that are needed for this hyper-realistic simulation!?!?!?!

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

The game may run at these specs, but it will run pretty poorly. I remember Sims 3 had a lot of loading issues when I was running it with just 4gb of ram. Every object and character and texture took a noticeable amount of time to load in whenever moving from the overhead city-wide view back down to a location. Upgrading to 8gb of ram made it much faster. I doubt 2gb of ram will do very well. Sims is a game that can technically still work at very low specs, but will freeze and have a choppy framerate frequently if you play it at those low specs.

ShadowAngel85x
ShadowAngel85x

@sortajan DRM is a given since Origin itself is DRM (just like Steam is too. I'm always surprised that so many people don't even know or realize that) though knowing EA they probably slap on SecuRom as second DRM on top of it. Otherwise, it's EA. What do you expect? A good, creative game? LOL. 

Sims 4 will be the same as the previous games: Less content in the base game, a metric fuckton of DLCs and other buyable items in the Shop. In the end it will probably cost anywhere between 300-500 Euro if you buy it all. 


Which in turn makes me wonder why there are still so many stupid people buying this and supporting this practice.

csthomas888
csthomas888

@4kgamer_lmxxx They took a great concept, and a good series and drove it into the ground due to nothing but pure greed. I have every reason to hate on EA for that.

H0RSE
H0RSE

@4kgamer_lmxxx 

I agree. people hate on it like it's a trend - like it's gonna get them in the cool kids group...

Just the improvements to build mode and create-a-sim alone, are enough to make me want to try it.

Barighm
Barighm

@4kgamer_lmxxx Pretty sure the hate is for EA, not the series itself. No one has a problem with the core formula, but the tweaks to that formula that many disagree with.

whyiscrowdpurpl
whyiscrowdpurpl

@4kgamer_lmxxx I was pretty big on the original The Sims but they`ve ruined the series for us original fans. They`ve set the target market to be 12 year olds.

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

@TheExxorcist

PEOPLE STILL PLAY WOW?

PEOPLE STILL PLAY POKEMON?

PEOPLE STILL LIKE JUSTIN BIEBER?

PEOPLE STILL LIKE BRITNEY SPAER?


Shut up

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Gaming-Planet Good, it means people who like having fun with this can do so on their old systems. Sims and many other games are not about graphics but the gameplay and fun itself.

KabtheMentat
KabtheMentat

@saturatedbutter 

Maybe.  But the idea when developing The Sims 4 was to make it run better than 3.  There's so much added content to 3 that the engine simply couldn't deal with it well.  Even if you're running a high end PC, The Sims 3 won't run 100% smoothly.

Like the article says, The Sims is one of those games that transcends gaming.  People that otherwise aren't gamers play The Sims and buy all of the expansions.  Even people that are gamers like playing The Sims.  It's in EA's interest to keep the specs low.  Also...why would The Sims need to look better?  It's suppose to be a goofy, lighthearted game.  Because of that and optimizations nowadays (if you bother to try that is) you can get a game that looks and runs somewhat better for roughly the same system requirements needed a few years ago.


Also part of The Sims 3's problems was how it handled the AI and stuff happening off screen.  Stuff like sims turning on and off radios/TVs, parking cars, and dead people.  It wasn't very efficient with that and needed a mod to watch over those aspects and clear them up for a smoother gaming experience.

Tristan2668
Tristan2668

@ShadowAngel85x @sortajan  I agree. They make a full game, cut it in half, sell it for full price, then sell the other half in 12 pieces as separate DLC.

sortajan
sortajan

@WolfgarTheQuiet @Gaming-Planet Console developers don't typically make new games for older consoles; why should PC games hold themselves back for people that don't upgrade?

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@KabtheMentat Yeah they really shot them selves in the foot with the added content. It seems like they made the game without any prepping for future content being added to the game. So they end up releasing like 10-15 expansions and even the beefiest of computers running an SSD can't reliably run a full expansion sims 3 without crashing or problems.

Having a game start at 3gigs and potentially reach 50+ gigs is ridiculous. I really hope they try to balance out future content this time around instead of just releasing tons of crap and never once testing it all together.

H0RSE
H0RSE

@sortajan @WolfgarTheQuiet @Gaming-Planet 

"System requirements" are not the same as "recommend settings," and especially not the same for achieving max settings. That being said, how is it "holding PC games back," if those who have the hardware to run games at max settings, still can, while still allowing for people with low(er) end systems to play?

KabtheMentat
KabtheMentat

@OldDirtyCR @KabtheMentat 

I think they're aiming to make the game smoother even after adding expansions.  If you've noticed how EA's gone about making games lately, it's been seriously trying to optimize/streamline them.  You see this with the whole Frostbite 3 thing and how just about all of their mainline game are based on it.

But I think The Sims 4 will be a very big game eventually.  Reason for that is audio.  A lot of games nowadays don't compress the audio anymore.  Titanfall is a good example of this.  The game is like 50GBs, but it doesn't have super impressive visuals.  Most of the GBs that make it up is audio.  Not compressing the audio makes the game bigger, but runs better because the PC/console doesn't have to decompress, play it, and so on with each audio clip.  The Sims will have a lot of audio due to the sims blabbing to each other, music, and other environmental sounds.


All in all, I think the game will run well.  Some people may not like EA games, but you can't deny that they have high production value.

sortajan
sortajan

@H0RSE @sortajan @WolfgarTheQuiet @Gaming-Planet More often than the lower the min, the lower the max (or the less it takes advantage of newer, more powerful hardware). It's not just graphics either. All of what games are capable of depends on hardware. You can have a larger and more in-depth game with more processing power. So I think a lot of the technology for this game will be dated.