The Sims 4 Recommended System Requirements

Written by Katie Allen on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 5:00 PM
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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.

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14:30 Aug-29-2014

i think this req not 100% true...WindowsXP? really? ...first fifa 15, now this?

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11:38 Aug-28-2014

Well that's a quite high "recommended" hardware spec for a downgraded engine. Also that winXP makes me laugh a little considering it is not being updated anymore by Microsoft

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10:10 Aug-28-2014

Who cares about the requirements when noone is going to buy this "thing"?

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09:55 Aug-28-2014

One for the lady to play i reckon!

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08:46 Aug-28-2014

GTX650 for playing a cartoon movie ?
Lol . . .
I know it for recommended, but still . . .

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08:25 Aug-28-2014

Hahaha!! GTX 650 as Recommended for the Sims! What's next? Barbie games look better than the Sims , a million times , so they should probably have a GTX Titan as Recommended. Good job EA, once again.

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07:38 Aug-28-2014

Should need a titan

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07:19 Aug-28-2014

Graphically this game looks like a cartoony mobile game. The requirements should not be even close to this...very weird. With the step back in the look of the game and the removal of countless features, I'd also agree that this is a game to avoid. I won't even be ☠ARRR MATEY!☠'ing this one

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05:11 Aug-28-2014

EA stop having 10 year olds optimize your games, this is ridicules.

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05:06 Aug-28-2014

i feel recommended req is high for this game...i'm only one?

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00:28 Aug-28-2014

i just hope that these would be recommended for ultra + 4X MSAA on 1080p @ at least 60
They should also include things like HBAO for the people with fairly capable rigs or SMAA
for fast AA without huge FPS dives

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23:07 Aug-27-2014

This is rediculous! A GTX 650 FOR THE SIMS 4! no way, that is terrible!

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09:42 Aug-28-2014

Said guy with the GTX 780 :D

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15:29 Aug-29-2014

LOL my comment does seem a bit sarcastic when you look at my rig ^_^ however, I really do think a GTX650 is ridiculous for a game such as this.

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22:12 Aug-27-2014

I am actually more worried about the bugs than about the requirements.
I remember the bug of World Adventures, the first expansion, which broke the Save Feature. It was not possible to save...to save! Can you believe? Such a game without a save option working is as worth as rain on the sea!

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22:05 Aug-27-2014

Who optimized this game, I haven't a clue♪ EA programmers, F U! ♫

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01:11 Aug-29-2014

They asked Ubisoft to optimise the game for them.

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14:23 Aug-29-2014

Hey there Ubisoft, you can screw up Watch Dogs and I don't care♪ Delay AC and stop right there♫! You don't like PC and I don't aproooovvveee! ♪♫

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19:43 Aug-27-2014

Many people wondered why Sims 4's graphics were downgraded, the answer many gave was "they want to have the game accessible to the most" (maybe it was even the devs, I can't recall). But as you guys can see, not only you'll get a graphical downgrade, but also tons of features cut out of the game, and as the icing of the cake, worse performance for lower-end systems. If you want my opinion: The Sims 4 is to avoid absolutely so far.

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07:39 Aug-28-2014

I agree with the other stuff but gfx downgrade should be for all the casual gamers that play this

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18:56 Aug-27-2014

this should convince my wife to get an upgrade..

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19:28 Aug-27-2014

You don't need to if you are going to play Sims 4.Your CPU is better then i5 680 and your GPU is little worse than HD 7750 or GTX 650.

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20:27 Aug-27-2014

Ssshhh, don't blow it for 'im.

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20:38 Aug-27-2014

My thoughts exactly. ^ :D

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12:46 Aug-29-2014

lmao

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12:44 Aug-29-2014

man, if my wife's a member of GD i'm so gonna be pissed at you, lol..

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well now your wife will be double upset if she's on GD because you over analyzed my joke and ruined it. meanie.

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18:32 Aug-27-2014

You can propably play with lower specs than minimum requirements. Like cities xl. I could run it on a intel hd 1000 at medium graphics, 40 FPS while minimum is ati hd 3800.
The most demanding games are propably first person or 3rd person like tomb raider (shoulder perspective). These kind of games don't need good hw.

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18:26 Aug-27-2014

A jump from the minimum requirements of 128 MB video card to the recommended 1GB video card shows this game will be very scalable, I HOPE. I won't be getting it, not my thing. But looks good!

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18:14 Aug-27-2014

Easy guys.. EA is so greedy that they wont change the old engine for next 10 years at least. It will be playable in core 2 duo. I wish it was some other game with building option only with great visuals and tons of choice in house things

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17:30 Aug-27-2014

OH CMON!!

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19:20 Aug-27-2014

Well you're almost there! XD

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19:47 Aug-27-2014

IT WAS SO CLOSE :D :D but i think i can still max it withou AA :D

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02:45 Aug-28-2014

I know that feeling...

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