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 cards highlighted in yellow. If you have an older single or dual core CPU (Pentium 4 or Pentium D), even the green cards may not give perfect performance. If set in Laptop Mode, some of the cards highlighted in red may get playable framerates.

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.

Yes Known to give good game play, little or no lagging is expected
Maybe Performance is uncertain/unknown, or may still be mostly playable with expected lagging/reduced performance
No Not recommended/known problems/poor performance

Nvidia Dedicated Video Cards Graphics Card Model
GeForce 6000 Series 6200 6600 6600 6800
GeForce 7000 Series 7300 7600 7800 7900
GeForce 8000 Series 8400 8500 8600 8800 GT 8800 GTX
GeForce 9000 Series 9400 9500 9600 GSO 9600 GT 9800 GTX
GeForce 200 Series 210 GT 220 GTS 250 GTX 260 GTX 275 GTX 285 GTX 295
GeForce 400 Series GT 430 GT 440 GTS 450 GTX 460 GTX 470 GTX 480 GTX 490
GeForce 500 Series GT 520 GT 530 GTX 550 Ti GTX 560 GTX 570 GTX 580 GTX 590
GeForce 600 Series GT 610 GT 620 GT 630 GT 640 GTX 650 GTX 650 Ti GTX 660 GTX 670 GTX 680 GTX 690
GeForce 700 Series GT 730 GT 740 GTX 750 GTX 750 Ti GTX 760 GTX 770 GTX 780 Titan Titan Black Titan Z
AMD Dedicated Video Cards Graphics Card Model
Radeon x100 Series x300 x600 x700 x800 x850
Radeon x1000 Series x1300 x1550 x1600 x1650 x1800 x1900 x1950
Radeon HD 2000 Series HD 2400 HD 2600 HD 2900
Radeon HD 3000 Series HD 3450 HD 3650 HD 3850 HD 3870X2
Radeon HD 4000 Series HD 4350 HD 4550 HD 4650 HD 4670 HD 4770 HD 4850 HD 4870 HD 4890 HD 4870X2
Radeon HD 5000 Series HD 5450 HD 5550 HD 5570 HD 5670 HD 5750 HD 5770 HD 5850 HD 5890 HD 5900
Radeon HD 6000 Series HD 6450 HD 6570 HD 6670 HD 67xx HD 68xx HD 69xx
Radeon HD 7000 Series HD 7350 HD 7570 HD 77xx HD 78xx HD 79xx HD 7990
Radeon HD 8000 Series HD 8350 HD 8400 HD 8570 HD 8670 HD 8760 HD 8870 HD 89xx
Radeon R Series R7 240 R7 250 R7 260 R9 270X R9 280X R9 290X R9 295X2
Integrated Graphics Processors / APUs IGP Model
Intel GMA 950 GMA x3100 GMA x4500 GMA HD HD 3000 HD 4000 HD 5000 Iris Pro
AMD E1 Series E2 Series A4 A6 A8 A10

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, 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) (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
  • 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
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