The Sims 3

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The Sims 3
The Sims 3 cover
The Sims Studio
Expansions EA Salt Lake
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows June 2, 2009
OS X June 2, 2009
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

Strong modding community

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
All non-Steam versions require Origin DRM.

Version differences[edit]

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

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

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]

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use The Sims 3 FOV tool. HUD Position Affects Gameplay.
Field of view (FOV)
Use The Sims 3 FOV tool.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in driver control panel
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced in driver control panel
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

World Adventures Region Error[edit]

Incorrect Region Codes can be fixed with a simple registry tweak.
World Adventures Region Error[citation needed]
  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]

VRAM requirements do not apply to integrated GPUs.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz P4
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP SP2), 1.5 GB (Vista, 7)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.1 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Shader model 2.0 support
Operating system (OS) 10.5.7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.1 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
Intel Integrated GMA X3100
128 MB of VRAM