As you might remember from a few weeks back, we caught sight of The Sims 4 minimum system requirements in July, but at that time EA only told us what kind of rig we'd need for minimum settings. As anticipated, they were pretty low, albeit a slight increase since The Sims 3.
Now, however, we've got hold of The Sims 4 recommended requirements, so we can now see what EA claims we'll need to run the game on maximum settings. It's a significant jump compared to The Sims 3, and a fairly big one compared to minimum, but you won't need a killer rig to run on high settings by the looks of things. We've taken a look at them in detail.
The Sims 4 Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP SP3
- CPU: Core i5-680 3.6GHz/ Athlon X4 750K
- RAM: 4GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 1024 MB Graphics Memory
- GPU: GeForce GTX 650/ Radeon HD 7750
- 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
Whilst the i5-680 is still an i5 processor and a pretty powerful CPU, it is four years old now, and it looks likely that most quad-core processors should get pretty decent results with The Sims 4. Similarly, the GTX 650 is a huge step up from the minimum 6600GT, but it's nonetheless still only a fast middle-class card, and not too high considering these days we regularly see the GTX 460 as a minimum requirement in games.
The Sims producer Graham Nardon confirmed back in June that The Sims 4 would be 32-bit executable, not 64-bit like a growing number of modern games. Thus the 4GB RAM is the most the game would be able to access anyway. This shouldn't cause too much of a difference to most, although it may have some impact on modders.
The good news is that even if you don't have the specs specified about, the super-low minimum requirements mean you should still get the title running if you're sporting a weaker rig. You can check out our The Sims 4 Minimum System Requirements article to see what will get the game going. What do you think of The Sims 4 Recommended requirements? Did they surprise you at all? Let us know what you think.