The Sims 4

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The Sims 4
The Sims 4 cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SmartSim
Release dates
Windows September 2, 2014
macOS (OS X) February 17, 2015
Reception
Metacritic 70
OpenCritic 70
IGDB 67
Taxonomy
Monetization Sponsored, DLC, Expansion pack
Series The Sims
The Sims 4 on HowLongToBeat
The Sims 4 on IGDB
The Sims 4 on MobyGames
The Sims 4 on Wikipedia
The Sims
Subseries of Sim
The Sims 2000
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
The Sims Stories (series)
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
The Sims Medieval 2011
The Sims 4 2014

Key points

Support for 32-bit Windows systems, as well as OpenGL support in macOS (OS X) was retired on November 12, 2019[1]
A special Legacy Edition has been made available for users of affected systems. It can be freely downloaded using the Origin client.
Built-in modding support.

General information

Official website
Official forums
Answer HQ for The Sims 4 at EA.com
Answer HQ for The Sims series at EA.com (OS X)
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition FAQ
The Sims Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Expansions were provided on DVDs until the first expansion in the United States and at least the third expansion in Europe.
After that, all retail copies came with download codes.

Only the Windows version was available on the game install DVD, the Mac version required a download code.

Retail copies are no longer produced as of the Snowy Escape expansion.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with EA Play.
Digital Deluxe and Limited editions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
Windows
All versions require Origin DRM.
A Sims 4 Create A Sim Demo is available.

Version differences[edit]

List of all different versions and regions can be found on Wikipedia.
Legacy Edition has disabled online features and does not support any downloadable content released after September 2019.[2]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition Free compatibility update for users of 32-bit Windows systems and non-Metal macOS (OS X) systems.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Life of the Party Included in all but the Standard editions. Cannot be purchased separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Awesome Animal Hats Included in all but the Standard and Limited Editions. Cannot be purchased separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Up All Night Included in all but the Standard and Limited Editions. Cannot be purchased separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Digital Soundtrack Included in all but the Standard and Limited Editions. Cannot be purchased separately.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Digital Deluxe Upgrade Includes the above free DLC and the soundtrack. Available with EA Play.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Rewards Bonus content for the owners of The Sims 3 expansion packs.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Grim's Ghoulish Guitar Bonus content. Can be obtained by signing up for the newsletter.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Family Portrait Bonus content. Could be obtained by signing up for The Sims Mobile at launch.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Holiday Celebration Pack Free Stuff Pack.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get to Work Expansion pack EP01.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get Together Expansion pack EP02.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
City Living Expansion pack EP03.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cats & Dogs Expansion pack EP04.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Seasons Expansion pack EP05.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get Famous Expansion pack EP06.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Island Living Expansion pack EP07.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Discover University Expansion pack EP08. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Eco Lifestyle Expansion pack EP09. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Snowy Escape Expansion pack EP10. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Outdoor Retreat Game pack GP01.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Spa Day Game pack GP02.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Dine Out Game pack GP03. Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Vampires Game pack GP04.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Parenthood Game pack GP05.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Jungle Adventure Game pack GP06.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
StrangerVille Game pack GP07.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Realm of Magic Game pack GP08.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Journey to Batuu Game pack GP09. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Luxury Party Stuff Stuff pack SP01.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Perfect Patio Stuff Stuff pack SP02.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cool Kitchen Stuff Stuff pack SP03.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Spooky Stuff Stuff pack SP04.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Movie Hangout Stuff Stuff pack SP05.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Romantic Garden Stuff Stuff pack SP06.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Kids Room Stuff Stuff pack SP07. Included with EA Play Pro.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Backyard Stuff Stuff pack SP08.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Vintage Glamour Stuff Stuff pack SP09.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Bowling Night Stuff Stuff pack SP10.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Fitness Stuff Stuff pack SP11.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Toddler Stuff Stuff pack SP12.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Laundry Day Stuff[3] Stuff pack SP13.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
My First Pet Stuff Stuff pack SP14.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Moschino Stuff Stuff pack SP15.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Tiny Living Stuff Stuff pack SP16. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Nifty Knitting Stuff Stuff pack SP17. Not supported in Legacy Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Sims 4 Bundle: Get to Work Includes Get to Work, Outdoor Retreat, and Luxury Party Stuff.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Sims 4 Bundle: Get Together Includes Get Together, Spa Day, and Movie Hangout Stuff.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Sims 4 Bundle: City Living Includes City Living, Dine Out, and Bowling Night Stuff.
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic Stuff Packs are sold which consist of additional clothing and furniture.
Unlock Game Packs are sold which consist of additional clothing and furniture and extra game elements.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Install skip intro mod[4]
  1. Download The Sims 4 No Intro Mod.
  2. Copy No Intro.package to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Options.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222670/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/saves/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1222670/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Video settings
Video settings

Video[edit]

Frame rate limit[edit]

Modify Options.ini[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Options.ini.
  3. Find the key frameratelimit and set the value to your preferred max fps.
  4. Save your changes.

Modifying UI Scaling manually[edit]

UI scale can be changed under the accessibility options.
Modify Options.ini[6]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Options.ini.
  3. Find the key uiscale and set the value to (your dpi - 100).
  4. Save your changes.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Can be remapped with tools such as AutoHotkey. The script/tool must be run in Administrator mode.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Can be inverted by selecting the "Invert Vertical Camera Rotation" option in the Game Camera section of the options menu.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master Volume, Object Music, Music, Voices, Sound Effects, UI Sound
Surround sound
Subtitles
No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be turned on or off via the "Audio Focus" option in the Audio section of the options menu.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Issues fixed[edit]

RivaTuner OSD does not display on Windows 10[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Run the game in Windows 8 compatibility mode.

Game does not launch[edit]

The game will not launch on 32-bit Windows systems and macOS (OS X) systems without Metal support after the 1.58.63.1010 (PC) / 1.58.63.1210 (Mac) update, released on November 12, 2019.
Instructions[2]

Install the free Legacy Edition update, available in the Extra Content tab of the Origin client.

Game keeps minimizing on launch[edit]

The game will minimize a few seconds after a black screen appears, any subsequent attempts to restore it will lead to the same problem.
The issue appears to happen when the game resolution mismatches the desktop resolution.
Instructions[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the file Options.ini.
  3. Set the options resolutionwidth and resolutionheight to your desktop resolution, e.g. for a 2560x1080 resolution you'd use resolutionwidth = 2560 and resolutionheight = 1080.
  4. Save the file.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL
Only macOS (OS X) in Legacy Edition.
Metal support
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ 2.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
22 GB for Legacy Edition
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
Intel GMA X4500
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
A 64-bit system is required.
For laptops with integrated graphics, a minimum of Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 2.0 GHz or AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 2.1 GHz CPU is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.11 (El Capitan)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
22 GB for Legacy Edition
Video card (GPU) Nvidia Kepler-based
AMD Graphics Core Next-based
Intel HD Graphics 4000
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1222670/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1222670) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References