The Sims 3

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The Sims 3
Release dates
June 2, 2009
June 2, 2009
The Sims 3 at SteamDB
 The Sims 3 at Wikipedia
The Sims
The Sims 2000
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
The Sims Life Stories 2007
The Sims Pet Stories 2007
The Sims Castaway Stories 2008
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
The Sims Medieval 2011
The Sims 4 2014

Key points

Advantage Strong modding community

General information

More information The Sims 3 Official Forums
More information Answer HQ for The Sims 3 at
More information Sims 3 exchange
More information The Sims Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Does not require Origin but can be activated on it. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Information All non-Steam versions require Origin.

Version differences[edit]

Information List of all different versions and regions can be found on Wikipedia.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
World Adventures WindowsOS X
High-End Loft Stuff Windows
Ambitions WindowsOS X
Fast Lane Stuff Windows
Late Night WindowsOS X
Outdoor Living Stuff Windows
Generations WindowsOS X
Town Life Stuff Windows
Pets WindowsOS X
Master Suite Stuff Windows
Showtime WindowsOS X
Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Windows
Supernatural WindowsOS X
Diesel Stuff Windows
Seasons WindowsOS X
70s, 80s, & 90s Stuff Windows
University Life WindowsOS X
Island Paradise WindowsOS X
Movie Stuff Windows
Into the Future WindowsOS X

Essential improvements[edit]


The Sims 3 comes with a launcher and an auto-patcher.


The Sims 3 exchange[edit] is the official website where user made content can be downloaded. It uses the Sims 3 launcher to download and install custom content. Both the exchange and Sims 3 launcher require the same account.

Mod The Sims[edit] is a third-party host for mods and custom content.



More information about this mod at The Sims Wiki

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves
OS X ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Unknown
Steam Cloud No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Bronze.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Position Affects Gameplay
Field of view (FOV) Hackable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Can be forced in driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Can be forced in driver control panel
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping No native support
Mouse acceleration No native support No mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Unknown

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound Native support Up to 5.1 when zoomed in.
Subtitles No native support No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions No native support Sound effects accompanied by visual effects.
Mute on focus lost Native support

Issues fixed[edit]

World Adventures Region Error[edit]

Information Incorrect Region Codes can be fixed with a simple registry tweak.

Fix World Adventures Region Error

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\The Sims\The Sims 3
  2. In the right hand pane, double-click on SKU
  3. Change the value to either 1 or 2 or 3 or 5 or 7 (depending on your version of expansion pack*.)
  4. Close the registry editor and try again to install the expansion pack.

*Region Codes:

  1. North America (languages: en-US, fr-FR, es-MX)
  2. Europe (languages: en-US, fr-FR, es-ES, de-DE, it-IT, nl-NL, sv-SE, da-DK, no-NO, fi-FI, pl-PL, pt-PT, hu-HU, cs-CZ, pt-BR, el-GR, ru-RU)
  3. East Asia (languages: en-US, ko-KR, zh-TW)
  4. Japan (languages: en-US, ja-JP)
  5. Worldwide (languages: en-US, fr-FR, es-ES, es-MX, de-DE, it-IT, nl-NL, sv-SE, da-DK, no-NO, fi-FI, pl-PL, pt-PT, hu-HU, cs-CZ, pt-BR, el-GR, ru-RU, ko-KR, zh-TW, ja-JP, th-TH)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (1.5 GB for Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
Video card (GPU) 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
Operating system (OS) 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
Video card (GPU) ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.