The Sims 4 system requirements released. It will probably run on your computer

Phil Savage


Okay, so it won't run on anything too old: you're out of luck if you're rocking, say, a C64, difference engine or anything powered by a potato. Still, the recently released minimum requirements for The Sims 4 are low—as you might expect from a series that targets such a wide audience.

Here's what you'll need:

  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.

  • 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

As yet, there's no sign of the recommended requirements.

Chris recently got all emotional during his hands-on first-look at The Sims 4.

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Phil Savage

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.

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