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EA changes System Requirements for TS3

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'''EA silently changes the System Requirments'''
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Another (unexpected?) change in-game

New Requirements to play TS3

Hello Simmers! It has been a while since my last blog, but this is a bit crucial. EA silently changed the System Requirements for TS3 with the release of Pets. If you guys have ever ran TS3 with a one-core processor, on a system that barely meets the requirements to play the game, then you know what I mean. And if the motherboard is so old that the graphic card is not replaceable anymore, then here is your awnser. EA changed the system requirements to play The Sims 3 recently, along with the release of The Sims 3 Pets. So I decided to see what changed.

The Old Requirements

FOR WINDOWS XP

* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 1 GB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 
* The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
* Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
* At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of
  additional space for custom content and saved games

FOR WINDOWS VISTA

* 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 1.5 GB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0  
* Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
* At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of
  additional space for custom content and saved games

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

* Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
* Intel Core Duo Processor
* 2 GB RAM
* ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or
  Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
* At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB 
  additional space for custom content and saved games
* This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac 
  systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

Old Graphic Requirements

Windows XP/Vista/7 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(TM) series

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

Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

 GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series

Mac OS X NVIDIA GeForce series

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

ATI Radeon(TM) series

 X1600, X1900
 2400, 2600
 3870,
 4850, 4870

Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

 GMA 3-Series

The New Requirements (After Pets)

PC System Requirements (EP5) OS: XP SP2 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7 CPU: For XP 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; For Windows Vista and Windows 7 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent RAM: For XP 1 GB RAM / Windows Vista and Windows 7 1.5 GB RAM* DISC DRIVE: DVD drive Hard Drive: At least 3.5 GB** of hard drive space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games. Video: 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

  • For NVIDIA ION™ computers, the game requires at least 2.0 GB RAM.
    • 9.6 GB of hard drive space if installing with The Sims 3.

Supported Video Cards: Nvidia GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVidia G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon™ series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA): GMA 3-Series, GMA 4-Series Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported.

Mac System Requirements (EP5) OS: Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher CPU: Intel Core Duo Processor RAM: 2 GB RAM DISC DRIVE: DVD HARD DRIVE: At least 3.5 GB* of free space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games. VIDEO: ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM INPUT: Keyboard, mouse

  • 9.6 GB of hard drive space if installing with The Sims 3

Supported Video Cards: Nvidia GeForce 6 series or better, and all NVidia G, GT, GTS, and GTX video cards. ATI Radeon™ series card 9500 series or better, and all ATI X, X1, and HD video cards. Please note that the GeForce 6100 and 7100 cards are not supported. The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 series is unsupported under Snow Leopard. This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

Overview

It would have been nice if you told some of the folks out there that bought your games that the requirements had changed before releasing them. It's a bit disappointing to see that you can't play another TS3 game on your computer anymore.

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