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:
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
MEMORY: 4GB 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
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.