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

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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.

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.