The Sims 3

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The Sims 3
Sims3cover.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Release dates
Windows
June 2, 2009
OS X
June 2, 2009
The Sims 3 at Steam Charts
The Sims 3 at SteamDB
 The Sims 3 at Wikipedia
The Sims
The Sims 2000
Livin' Large
House Party
Hot Date
Vacation
Unleashed
Superstar
Makin' Magic
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
University
Nightlife
Open For Business
Pets
Seasons
Bon Voyage
Free Time
Apartment Life
The Sims Life Stories 2007
The Sims Pet Stories 2007
The Sims Castaway Stories 2008
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
World Adventures
Ambitions
Late Night
Generations
Pets
Showtime
Supernatural
Seasons
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 EA.com
More information Sims 3 exchange
More information Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Steam Steamicon.png Does not require Origin but can be activated on it.
Origin Origin.png
Green Man Gaming (UK) Origin.png Digital and Retail versions available.
Information All non-Steam versions require Origin.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

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

Mods[edit]

The Sims 3 exchange[edit]

http://www.thesims3.com/exchange 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]

http://www.modthesims.info/index.php is a third-party host for mods and custom content.

NRaas[edit]

http://nraas.wikispaces.com

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg Position Affects Gameplay
Field of view (FOV) Hackable
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Can be forced in driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible Can be forced in driver control panel
High frame rate Native

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native up to 5.1 when zoomed in
Subtitles Impossible No intelligable dialog
Closed captions Impossible Sound effects accompanied by visual effects.
Mute on focus lost Native

Issues fixed[edit]

World Adventures Region Error[edit]

Fix World Adventures Region ErrorLink

Incorrect Region Codes can be fixed by a simple registry tweak:

  1. Click windows start button and select run.
  2. Type “regedit” and click "OK"
  3. Your computer may ask you for permission to continue, just click "OK" if asked
  4. In the left hand pane, click the arrow next to HK_LOCAL_MACHINE
  5. Click the arrow next to SOFTWARE
  6. Click the arrow next to The Sims
  7. Click on The Sims 3
  8. In the right hand pane, double-click on SKU
  9. Change the value to either 1 or 2 or 3 or 5 or 7 (depending on your version of expansion pack*.)
  10. 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]

Windows
Minimum
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
OS X
Minimum
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.