Technical Details

You’ll find  details on the more technical stuff in this post.

For all news regarding Sims 4, I recommend the following websites Official Sims 4 Site,  SimsVIPHoneywell’s Sims 4 News, SimsCommunity and many other News Sites

What is the Sims 4 release date ?

The Sims 4  was released on DVD or as Digital Download through Origin on the following dates:

Source: EA
  • Central Asia: Tuesday 9/2/2014 at 00:00 KST
  • North America: Tuesday 9/2/2014 at 00:00 EDT
  • Russia: Tuesday 9/2/2014 at 11:00 MSK
  • Australia: Thursday 9/4/2014 at 00:00 AEST
  • Japan: Thursday 9/4/2014 00:00 JST
  • EU (Excluding UK and Ireland): Thursday 9/4/201 at 00:00 CEST
  • New Zealand: Friday 9/5/2014 at 00:00 NZST
  • India: Friday 9/5/2014 at 00:00 IST
  • South Africa: Friday 9/5/2014 at 00:00 SAST
  • United Kingdom and Ireland: Friday 9/5/2014 at 00:00 GMT/BST
The definitions of the regions are as follows
  • Central Asia: Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand; Macau, Brunei, Cambodia, Cocos Islands, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Northern Mariana Islands, Phillippines, Viet Nam.
  • North America and South America: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States; American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecaudor, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela.
  • Russian Federation: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
  • Australia: Antarctica, Christmas Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Heard Island, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
  • Japan
  • EU (Excluding UK and Ireland) : Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland; Luxembourg, French Guyana, French Southern Territories, Mayotte, Monaco, New Caledonia, Polynesia, Reunion, Austria, Liechtenstein, Netherlands Antilles, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia.
  • New Zealand: Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna.
  • India: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • South Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saint Helenan, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambian, Zimbabwe.
  • United Kingdom and Ireland: Ireland, Portugal, United Kingdom and any other country not found elsewhere.

 

What does pre-load on Origin mean ?

If you pre-order on Origin, EA gives you the opportunity to download most of the game a few days early. On release day you only need to download the small rest and then start playing right away.

 

Is there a Sims 4 Beta/Demo

There is no Beta version of the game but you can download the Sims 4 CAS Demo for free through Origin. Do not download any dubious Beta versions unless you want a virus on your computer.

You can download a 48-trial version or the Sims 4 CAS Demo through Origin. The demo is not available for Mac.

 

On which platforms can I play Sims 4 ?

EA is concentrating on PC at the moment. There is no further info on a Mac version. If you’re on a mac and don’t want to play on Bootcamp, do not preorder the game.

Here’s a great guide on how to run the game with bootcamp on your Mac: [Guide] Running Windows on your Mac.

The game has been released on PC and Mac and since November 2017 also for XBox One and PS4.

The PC/Mac version can be used on both platforms, for XBox One and PS4 they need to be re-bought.

The game will not run on Google Chromebooks.

 

What are the system requirements ?

REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation After the initial activation, Origin can be put in offline mode but you can't turn of or uninstall Origin. These requirements will change June 2019. The details are currently unknown.

PC (Base Game)

Minimum Requirements

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) MEMORY: At least 2 GB 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: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended Requirements

OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1 PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4 MEMORY: 4 GB 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 SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

PC (Cats & Dogs, Seasons and Get Famous)

Minimum Requirements

OS: 64 Bit Required. 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) MEMORY: At least 4 GB RAM HARD DRIVE: At least 18 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. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended Requirements

OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, 8.1 or Windows 10 PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4 MEMORY: 4 GB RAM HARD DRIVE: At least 18 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 SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

Mac

Minimum Requirements

MINIMUM OS: Mac OS® X 10.7.5 (Lion) CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Processor or better RAM: At least 4 GB RAM HARD DRIVE: At least 10 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM of 256MB or better INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection required for product activation.

Recommended Requirements

OS: Mac OS® X 10.9 or later PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 or better VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better MEMORY: 8GB RAM HARD DRIVE: 12 GB of Hard Drive space

 

Will there be a 64 bit version for the Sims 4 ?

No. There’s no 64 bit version (Source: SimGuruGraham on twitter).

Since November 2015 the 64 Bit Version is also available for PC (Mac is 64 bit only).

Starting June 2019, Sims 4 will be 64 bit only. EA will release a Legacy Edition for players with a 32 bit operating system that will not get any further updates after June 2019.

Details on both versions can be found here: 64 bit vs. 32 bit

 

Will I need an Internet connection for the Sims 4 ?

Yes. To install and activate the game on Origin you will need an active Internet connection and an Origin Account (this goes for both the DVD and the Digital Download Version).

Once you’ve activated the game, you can play Sims 4 offline (Origin Offline Mode). No more Internet required

There are a few features like the new gallery that require an active Internet connection.

 

Which editions are there and what’s the difference ?

Sims 4 is available in 5 different editions and depending on what you buy, there’s different stuff coming with it.

Be aware that you’ll need an Internet connection for both the DVD and the download version (Details above)

Through Origin

You'll receive the following content if you order through Origin. You can only get the digital download version through Origin. I strongly recommend to only buy Keys through authorized sellers since EA is known to block keys from unauthorized sellers. Limited Edition
  • Life of the Party Digital Content: Gather 'round the Flaming Tiki Bar in spectacular party costumes.
Digital Deluxe
  • Life of the Party Digital Content: Gather around the Flaming Tiki Bar in spectacular party costumes.
  • Up All Night Digital Content: Party till dawn with a laser light show, hot new parties, outfits, decorations and recipes.
  • Digital Soundtrack: Groove to the music of the game.
  • Awesome Animal Hats

As DVD in retail

The collectors edition is not listed for north America and for the UK it's exclusive to GAME. In Australia/New Zealand it's available through EB Games and other Retailers. Compare SimsVIP Worldwide List for more details. Standard
  • No extras
Limited Edition
  • Life of the Party Digital Content: Gather 'round the Flaming Tiki Bar in spectacular party costumes.
Premium Edition
  • Creator's Guide Hardcover Book: A hardcover guide that teaches you to become a Sims master creator, and also includes art from The Sims 4.
  • Up All Night Digital Content: Party till dawn with a laser light show, hot new parties, outfits, decorations and recipes.
  • Life of the Party Digital Content: Gather 'round the Flaming Tiki Bar in spectacular party costumes.
Collector's Edition (only available in select markets)
  • Plumbob USB by Steel Series
  • Creator's Guide Hardcover Book: A hardcover guide that teaches you to become a Sims master creator, and also includes art from The Sims 4.
  • Up All Night Digital Content: Party till dawn with a laser light show, hot new parties, outfits, decorations and recipes.
  • Life of the Party Digital Content: Gather around the Flaming Tiki Bar in spectacular party costumes.
  • Digital Soundtrack: Groove to the music of the game.

 

What languages are supported ?

Sims 4 supports the following languages:
English, German, French, Russian, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, and Korean.
Depending on your country, the game releases with different languages.
  • UK: Englisch Only
  • Poland, Czech, Russia, Ukraine and more: Russian, Polish, Czech
  • Rest of Europe, USA/Canada: All Languages available
  • Rest of the world: Unknown
There are single language versions out there no matter where you live. Above applies if you buy the game through Origin. If you buy the game with a keyseller, it's often unclear what kind of version you'll get.

 

What game engine was used for Sims 4 ?

Sims 4 has a completely new game engine which does not have a name yet. Neither Glassbox (SimCity) nor Frostbite (ex. Battlefield) was used.

 

Will Sims 4 limit FPS ?

Yes,  It currently caps at 200 fps to support next-gen 200hz displays (Source: SimGuruGraham on Twitter)

 

Does Sims 4 support touch screens ?

No, Sims 4 does not actively support touch screens.

 

Can I use my Simpoints for Sims 4 as well ?

No, Sims 4 does not support Simpoints. You can still use them to buy Sims 3 stuff though.

 

Can I reuse Sims 3 content in the Sims 4 ?

No, that won’t be possible. Since Sims 4 is a completely new technology, content for Sims 3 does not work for Sims 4 (same goes for Sims 1 or Sims 2 content).

 

Will there be mods and cc ?

Yes, there’s tons of mods and cc for The Sims 4. Unlike Sims 3 it won’t spread through the gallery either. If you want a download that’s shown on a picture in the gallery in your game, you’ll need to download the Custom Content seperately.