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The Sims Series have certain requirements in which players need to fulfill in order to play them.

The Sims[1]

The Sims 2[2]

The Sims Stories

The Sims 3[3]

The Sims Medieval

The Sims 4[4]

Launch Year 2000 2004 2007 2009 2011 2014
OS Windows 95 or Higher, Linux,[5], Mac OS 9 or Higher Windows 98 or Higher, Mac OS X 10.3.8 or Higher Windows XP or Higher Windows XP (SP2) or Higher, Mac OS X 10.5.7 Windows XP (SP3) or Higher, Mac OS X 10.5.8 Windows XP (SP3) or Higher, OS X 10.7.5
CPU 233 MHz[6] 800 MHz [7] 800 MHz 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent [8][9] 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
RAM 32 MB [10] 256 MB 256 MB 1 GB [11] 1 GB [11] 2 GB
Disc Drive 4x CD-ROM drive 8x CD-ROM/DVD drive 8x CD-ROM/DVD drive DVD Drive DVD Drive DVD Drive
HDD 350 MB 3.5 GB[12] 3.5 GB 6.1 GB + 1GB additional space for custom content and saved games 5.3 GB + 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games 9 GB + 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
Video 2 MB 32 MB and T&L compatible 32 MB and T&L compatible 128 MB with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 256 MB with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 128 MB with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
DirectX 7.0 9.0 9.0c 9.0c 9.0c 9.0c
Other - - - - - Internet connection required for product activation

Video Cards for The Sims 3[3] Edit

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:

Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent 0.5 GB additional RAM

FOR MAC OS X

ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.

Windows Supported Video Cards NVIDIA GeForce series

FX 5900, FX 5950

6200, 6500, 6600, 6800
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
9300, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
G100, GT 120, GT 130, GTS 150
GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295

ATI Radeon™ series

9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870
4850, 4870

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slower. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants may default to settings that are higher than what would be optimal for them. Graphics settings can be lowered to improve performance. The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista. MAC OS X Supported Video Cards NVIDIA GeForce series

7300, 7600
8600, 8800
9400M, 9600M GT
GT 120, GT 130

ATI Radeon™ series

X1600, X1900
2400, 2600
3870
4850, 4870

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

GMA 3-Series

Video Cards for The Sims 4[4] Edit

For computers using built-in chipsets, the game requires 2.0Ghz Intel Core Duo, 2.0Ghz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent.

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better

Notes Edit

  • While The Sims 2 is not officially supported on Windows 7, it can still play on it.
  • The Sims Stories will not work on Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows 2000.
  • The Sims Medieval will not run on PowerPC (G3, 4, 5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.
  • The Sims 3 requires a service pack for Windows XP and Windows Vista. For Windows XP, The Sims 3 requires Service Pack 2 while The Sims 3 only requires Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista.
  • Windows XP is the only OS to support all of The Sims games. The fact that Windows XP supports The Sims 4 is odd, given that support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014 and The Sims 4 was released on September 2, 2014.

References Edit

  1. The Sims Programs requirements
  2. The Sims 2 Official requirements at the Wayback Machine (archived March 4, 2012)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Sims 3 Minimum requirements
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Sims 4 system requirements
  5. Glibc 2.1.3 or higher XFree86 4.1 or higher
  6. 350 MHz Celeron/Pentium II/Duron/Athlon equivalent for Linux
  7. 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4/G5
  8. 2.4 GHz for Vista
  9. Intel Core Duo Processor for OSX
  10. 64 MB RAM (Mac OS 8/9) or 128 MB RAM (Mac OS X)
  11. 11.0 11.1 2 GB RAM for OSX
  12. 3 GB
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