The Sims 4 System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 1:27 PM
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The Sims are finally back , five long years after the last main game in the series. The Sims 4 looks to make the series more in-depth and involving than ever before, offering up some of the most powerful creation tools the franchise has ever seen.

In The Sims 4 you can grant your sims deeper, more realistic personalities that opens up a whole new world of possibility for their interactions, while budding architects can get to grips with the impressive-looking new tools at their disposal, allowing them to tweak every aspect to piece together their dream house. All these new features come at a cost though, and of course The Sims 4 is a little more demanding than its predecessor. To find out how much more read on to check out the official Sims 4 system requirements...

The Sims 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.1 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 128MB Graphics Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 6600, AMD ATI Radeon X1300, or Intel GMA X4500
  • HDD: 9GB Free Hard Drive Space and at least 1GB additional space for custom content
  • DX: DirectX 9.0c
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card

Now there's a sight for sore eyes! In keeping with the rest of the series The Sims 4 system requirements are very low, offering only a marginal increase on The Sims 3. The processor is going to be one of the more demanding aspects for some, with The Sims 4 making the leap to a dual-core processor requirement. Luckily this is only an Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 or AMD Athlon 64 4000+, both now very low-end dual processors that are close to a decade old, so nearly all new PCs and laptops bought in the last few years should easily exceed this requirements for The Sims 4. 

The Sims 4 runs on a modified version of The Sims 3 graphics engine, and Maxis has previously claimed that it has optimised the game on ensure it works on as many player's rigs as possible. The graphics card requirements for The Sims 4 have remained the same but the RAM has doubled up to 2GB, while you'll need a little extra storage space for the 9GB minimum install. Luckily RAM is one of the cheapest and easiest components to upgrade on a tower PC, so if you've still got 1GB of RAM then it should be a simple process to upgrade.

One thing to bear in mind with The Sims 4 is that it will inevitably have a lot of add-on content and expansions packs. While these base requirements are very low they will increase as developer Maxis release new content. The Sims 3 ran noticeably slower when all of the expansions were installed, so if you are only just hitting The Sims 4 minimum system requirements then it's something to bear in mind. Luckily it should be some time until these start arriving! 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the The Sims 4 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users.

Compare your graphics card to the The Sims 4 benchmark chart.

What do you make of The Sims 4 system requirements? Are you impressed with how low Maxis has got them? Let us know! Cheers to simfulsimmer for the heads up!

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18:23 Aug-28-2014

Whoa, a game I can run!!! I am definitely gonna buy that...

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06:07 Jul-28-2014

Any real life simulator cannot fight this off!Amazing News!!

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19:10 Jul-27-2014

i think there is a typo, windows xp sp3 64-bit doesn't even exist...... for 64-bit windows xp, sp2 is the last service pack........

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19:26 Jul-27-2014

yes there is my old pc had SP3

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19:42 Jul-27-2014

then that has to be Windows XP 32-bit.......

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22:16 Jul-27-2014

i realy don't remeber :)

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05:42 Dec-14-2015

windows xp 64bit come out in 2006

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04:42 Jul-27-2014

Sims is a family game the specs are ok they company don't junk up on graphics...more buyers for them :) and the sims gameplay are great

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17:38 Jul-26-2014

So i need 64-bit operating system for this ? Please answer.

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18:16 Jul-26-2014

no you don't :)

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07:55 Jul-27-2014

Thanks :)

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18:09 Jul-27-2014

but you will need a cpu and maybe gnu upgrade dude :/

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08:18 Jul-26-2014

great...can i play medium settings with atleast 40fps+ ?

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19:08 Jul-26-2014

please answer -_-

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19:35 Jul-26-2014

i think low would do better, but you can go medium with a less smooth fps :)

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00:29 Jul-31-2014

thank you...i think low-med settings for better fps :)

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11:30 Jul-31-2014

no problem :)

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08:11 Jul-26-2014

nice to know my pc from like 10 years ago could play this >.>

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07:25 Jul-26-2014

Good thing The Sims 2 was just made free, I'll play that instead. :D

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21:36 Jul-25-2014

The game is stupid ****

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21:02 Jul-25-2014

Casi en la mayoria de los juegos te sueltan unas especificaciones de las cuales dices que son de hardware con 5 años de antigüedad o mas pero, nunca es asi. A la hora de ponerte a jugar todo se alenta, se traba, y no corre como deberia :/

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21:16 Jul-25-2014

Please speak English as this is an English site.

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02:26 Jul-26-2014

And how did you overclock a locked CPU?

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09:00 Jul-26-2014

he didn't, his rig is not validated, yours as well

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20:19 Jul-25-2014

Just 9gb HDD space O_o lol tons of DLCs incoming xD

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18:39 Jul-25-2014

Not really into the sims, but it's nice to know that even my laptop can run this! :)

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17:25 Jul-25-2014

Can i run this on my tablet? :D. Why is it showing my phone all of a sudden when i hover over my rig icon do i get that when i get to lvl 5 ?

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15:22 Jul-25-2014

Am I the only who thinks that they should increase the graphical level I mean after all it is a simulation

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15:56 Jul-25-2014

Maybe but keep in mind that it isn't really a game that's supposed to be taken too seriously.

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17:24 Jul-25-2014

Nope it aint but was hoping it would frostbite 3 but that would take away base of players.

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16:03 Jul-25-2014

I think it doesn't look to bad maxed out, I'd imagine it's just very scalable.

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18:13 Jul-29-2014

i hope so!

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17:32 Jul-25-2014

And what "simulation" have good graphics?

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15:18 Jul-25-2014

i could play it on my other pc :D e2160 @ 2ghz and x1550 @ 650 mhz core

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15:14 Jul-25-2014

Atleast it can be played basically buying a potato. Todler drowning dlc at halloween ? :DD

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14:37 Jul-25-2014

I thought they would be a lot lower seeing as it looks worse and isn't open world.

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14:20 Jul-25-2014

Well what do you expect, this is basically The Sims 3.5

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15:01 Jul-25-2014

i disagree, respectfully of course but i think there will be some drastic changes once we delve in.

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15:12 Jul-25-2014

I also disagree, the graphics are somwhat different, as well as the gameplay (different AI, better customization, etc)

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16:56 Jul-25-2014

somewhat*, can't edit it.

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18:51 Jul-25-2014

I do agree actually.
After 4 years of The Sims 3 you'd expect they'll be working on a new engine, and look better. The whole idealism of requirements for the masses is great, but is keeping them from moving on.

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18:57 Jul-25-2014

The thing is, people don't buy high end gaming rigs to play "The sims", this is a game better suited to laptops and bluebox specials, considering I could picture my mom or sister playing something like this, so yeah, keep the specs low.

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14:18 Jul-25-2014

Is it just me that thought The Sims 4 has lighter spec req than The Sims 3? Considering it is for next-gen and they're using modified engine

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14:40 Jul-25-2014

I thought it would be lower as well. but to be honest the minimum specs probably ARE lower than the sims 3 because everyone knows that you can't ACTUALLY play the sims 3 on minimum specs. the actual minimum for the sims 3 is a lot higher.

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15:20 Jul-25-2014

Yes, you're probably right. The Sims 3 still laggy in my Asus A43S Laptop

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14:08 Jul-25-2014

yes yes yes yes !!!!!

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