Game Help:TS4 System Requirements

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This article is written for The Sims 4. For the equivalent Sims 3 article, click here.

Note: This recommendations below are based only on the official system requirements and may change upon release.

Desktop Graphics Card Compatibility and Recommendations

This chart is for desktop graphics ONLY and does not take into account the rest of your computer. If you have an awesome graphics card but crappy everything else, your performance will suck. If you have a newer computer with a strong CPU and lots of RAM, but install a crappy graphics card, you will still likely have performance problems. The chart below assumes the graphics settings not set in 'Laptop' mode.

TS4 relies very heavily on the CPU and having a multi-core processor makes a huge difference in performance, but that does not mean just any graphics card out there will work. What it DOES mean, is that if you have a really strong dual or quad core CPU, you may be able to get better performance out of the Maybe cards. If you have an older or slow CPU (Penitum 4/D, Athlons, ULVs) even the Yes cards may not give perfect performance.

Please note: It is not recommended that you attempt to play TS4 on an integrated video chipset. If you have a computer with integrated video, it is recommended you view this guide. If you have a laptop or a computer with low-end graphics card, it is recommended that you play this game in Laptop mode. Newer, on-die graphics (bult into the CPU) are fine for running TS4. It is not recommended to play TS4 on a tablet or a convertible PC in tablet mode.

The Sims 4 does not support VR (Virtual Reality) gameplay. Playing The Sims 4 in 4K resolution or higher is possible, but not recommended as it makes the UI too small to read.

To make this simple: If your computer can handle TS3, then you can play TS4! (TS4 is slightly less demanding than TS3 due to a non-open world)

These CPUs will reduce TS4 performance:

  • Intel Atom, Celeron M, Pentium M, Core Solo, Core Duo
  • AMD Sempron, Turion, Turion64 X2, E-350, C-60
  • Legacy processors including the Pentium 4, Pentium D, and K7-based Athlons
  • Intel processors with on-die or on-board graphics previous to Sandy Bridge
  • AMD E-Series
  • ULV CPUs (Exception is the latest CPUs from Intel with Turboboost)
  • Any Single or Dual-core CPU with a clock rate 1.9 GHZ or less (Exception is the latest CPUs from Intel with Turboboost)

Source:notebookcheck and own experience

Laptop users click here to find out if your laptop graphics can run TS4.

KEY
Yes Known to give good game play, little or no lagging is expected (Expected FPS: 45+)
Maybe Performance is uncertain/unknown, or may still be mostly playable with expected lagging/reduced performance (Expected FPS: 25-45)
No Not recommended/known problems/poor performance (Expected FPS: <25)
Graphics Card OVERKILL - These cards are excessively overpowerful for TS4 unless playing more demanding games and/or high resolutions
Nvidia Dedicated Graphics Card TS4 Base Game Graphics Setting Expansion/Game Pack (Based on medium setting)
Low Low-Med Medium High Ultra Outdoor Retreat Get To Work Spa Day Get Together
Geforce 6200 No No No No No No No No No
Geforce 6600 Maybe No No No No No No No No
Geforce 6800 Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No
Geforce 7300 No No No No No No No No No
Geforce 7600 Maybe No No No No No No No No
Geforce 7800 Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No
Geforce 7900 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No
 !Geforce 8400 GS No No No No No No No No No
 !Geforce 8500 Maybe No No No No No No No No
 !Geforce 8600 Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No
Geforce 8800 GS Yes Maybe Maybe No No Maybe No No No
Geforce 8800 GTS Yes Maybe Maybe No No Maybe No No No
Geforce 8800 GT Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No Maybe No No No
Geforce 8800 GTX Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No Maybe No No No
Geforce 9400 GT Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No
Geforce 9500 GT Yes Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
Geforce 9600 GSO Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No Maybe No No No
Geforce 9600 GT Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Maybe No No
Geforce 9800 GT / GTX Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Geforce 210 Maybe No No No No No No No No
Geforce GT 220 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No Maybe Maybe No No
Geforce GTS 250 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Geforce GTX 260 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Geforce GTX 275 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GTX 285 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 295 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GT 430 / GT 630 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Geforce GT 440 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Geforce GTS 450 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GTX 460 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 470 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 480 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GT 520 / GT 610 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Geforce GT 530 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Geforce GTX 550 Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GTX 560 / Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 570 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 580 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 590 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GT 620 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Geforce GT 640 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Geforce GT 640 GDDR5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GTX 650 / Ti / Boost Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 660 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 670 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 680 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 690 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GT 720 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Geforce GT 730 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Geforce GT 740 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GT 740 GDDR5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Geforce GTX 750 / Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 760 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 770 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 780 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX Titan / Black / Z / X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 950 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 960 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 970 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 980 / Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 1070 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geforce GTX 1080 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AMD Dedicated Graphics Card Graphics Setting
Low Low-Med Medium High Ultra
Radeon x300 No No No No No
Radeon x600 No No No No No
Radeon x800 Maybe No No No No
Radeon x850 Maybe No No No No
Radeon x1300 Maybe No No No No
Radeon x1550 Maybe Maybe No No No
Radeon x1600 Maybe Maybe No No No
Radeon x1650 Yes Maybe No No No
Radeon x1800 Yes Maybe No No No
Radeon x1900 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon x1950 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 2400 Maybe No No No No
Radeon HD 2600 Maybe Maybe No No No
Radeon HD 2900 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 3450 Maybe No No No No
**Radeon HD 3650 No No No No No
Radeon HD 3850 Yes Yes Maybe No No
Radeon HD 3870 X2 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 4350 Yes Maybe No No No
Radeon HD 4550 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 4650 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 4670 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 4770 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 4850 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 4870 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 4890 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 4870 X2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 5450 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 5550 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 5570 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 5670 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 5750 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 5770 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 5850 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 5890 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 5900 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 6450 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 6570 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 6670 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 67xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 68xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 69xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 7350 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 7570 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 77xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 78xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 79xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 8350 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 8400 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 8570 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 8670 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 8760 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 8870 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 89xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R5 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Radeon R7 240 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon R7 250 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon R7 260 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon R7 265 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon R9 270X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 280X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 290 / X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 295X2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 390 / X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 380X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon RX 460 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon RX 470 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon RX 480 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 Fury Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inegrated Graphic Processors / APUs Graphics Setting
Low Low-Med Medium High Ultra
Intel GMA 950 No No No No No
Intel GMA x3100 Maybe No No No No
Intel GMA x4500 Maybe Maybe No No No
Intel GMA x4500 HD Maybe Maybe No No No
Intel GMA x4500 HD Maybe Maybe No No No
Intel GMA HD Yes Maybe No No No
Intel HD 2000 Yes Maybe No No No
Intel HD 3000 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Intel HD 4000 (Ivy Bridge) Yes Yes Maybe No No
Intel HD 4600 (Haswell) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
Intel HD (Bay Trail Celeron, Pentium, Atom) Yes Maybe No No No
Intel HD (Braswell Celeron, Pentium, Atom) Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Intel HD 5000 (Haswell i7) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Intel HD 5300 (Intel Core M) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No Yes Maybe Maybe No
Intel HD 5500 (Intel Core ix-5xxxU) Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Intel HD 520/530 (Intel Skylake) Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Intel Iris Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Intel Iris Pro (Skylake) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
AMD E1 Maybe Maybe No No No
AMD E2 Yes Maybe Maybe No No
**AMD A4 No No No No No
AMD A6 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No
AMD A8 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
AMD A8 (6th Gen, Carrizo) Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
AMD A10 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
AMD A10 (6th Gen, Carrizo) Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Yes Yes Yes Maybe
AMD FX (6th Gen, Carrizo) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

**These cards are known to cause graphical problems in TS4.

! At least some if not all of Nvidia's cards with G86 and G84 cores are defective. They they do not handle heat like they should. This includes all GeForce 8400/8500/8600/8700 cards and their mobile counterparts.

The Sims 4 System Requirements

A note on these requirements: The requirements listed below are taken directly from the official TS4 Site. These are the absolute bare minimums you need to get the game up and running. These are NOT the minimum requirements for a playable game experience! If you have just the bare minimum and a low-end graphics card, you will NOT be able to play the game! It will run... but it will not look good, run well, or run consistently without crashing.

In order to find the specs on your system, see: Game Help:System Specs. If you are looking to upgrade your system, please see Help: Computer & Software Help for lots of advice, recommendations, and a place you can ask questions on specific hardware.

(Recommendations are in green)

  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 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) (Core i3-3XXX or AMD FX or higher is recommended)
  • MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM (4 GB is recommended)
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games (SSD recommended for faster load times)
  • DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. A newer, better one (higher MIDDLE numbers = better. For example a Nvidia GTX 660 would be faster than the newer GT 740. Newer does not necessarily equal better. Generally speaking, expect the previous series mid-range cards to perform similar to the current series low-end, and so forth.)
  • Supported Video Cards: See chart above
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

EA Recommendations are listed below if you want a playable game experience:

  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.
  • OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1
  • PROCESSOR: **Intel core i5 or faster or *AMD Athlon X4
  • MEMORY: 4GB 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: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better (See chart for more recommendations)
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

*Athlon is a legacy processor and therefore not recommended by MTS. AMD FX processors are recommended for running TS4.

**Intel Core i3 processors (3rd gen or later) are fine for running TS4

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