The Sims 4 System Requirements Revealed, Requires More Punch Than Expected

By Andrew Matt

August 26, 2014

The Sims may be one of the best selling PC games of all-time, but it is a series that has never been known for hefty bench marking like Crysis. In fact, if you asked me casually if your $500 laptop could play the game I wouldn’t hesitate to guess that it run reasonably fine.

That being said, it’s actually a bit head scratching to see that the recommended system requirements for The Sims 4 are actually not all that low. Here are the official specs from The Sims official website:

Recommended Specs

REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.

OS: 64 Bit Windows 7,8, or 8.1

PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster

AMD Athlon X4


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

A 64 Bit OS, Intel i5 processor and a Nvidia GTX 650 aren’t exactly anything to sneeze at, in fact it is just around the sweet spot that I recommend to friends for running games at medium or better on a budget. While most PC only player’s machines will likely boast stronger specifications than this, I can’t help but imagine that a good chunk of their core audience – like my friends who enjoy The Sims on their budget or work laptops  might suffer some performance issues while spending endless hours creating morbid looking caricatures of their close friends and family.

So without due, I must ask that timeless question: “can you even run The Sims 4, bro?” Let me know in the comments below.


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Andrew Matt

Andrew was enraptured by video games at a young age by series such as Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda. A self-proclaimed recovered Dota 2 addict, you can find him enjoying the best games that the PC has to offer. Outside of writing about video games, Andrew enjoys binging Netflix, reading a good book and throwing money at anything and everything Star Wars related. He probably finds your lack of faith disturbing.

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