The Sims 3

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The Sims 3
The Sims 3 cover
Developers
The Sims Studio
Expansions EA Salt Lake
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows June 2, 2009
macOS (OS X) June 2, 2009
The Sims 3 guide at StrategyWiki
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

Strong modding community
No native vsync support; forcing vsync is recommended by most community members to prevent GPU wear/overheating

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Origin
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
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
Windows
Ambitions
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Diesel Stuff
Windows
Fast Lane Stuff
Windows
Generations
Windows
macOS (OS X)
High-End Loft Stuff
Windows
Into the Future
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Island Paradise
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Katy Perry's Sweet Treats
Windows
Late Night
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Master Suite Stuff
Windows
Movie Stuff
Windows
Outdoor Living Stuff
Windows
Pets
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Seasons
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Showtime
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Supernatural
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Town Life Stuff
Windows
University Life
Windows
macOS (OS X)
World Adventures
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

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

AwesomeMod[edit]

http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php/topic,15185.0.html

More information about this mod at The Sims Wiki

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
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
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use The Sims 3 FOV tool. HUD Position Affects Gameplay.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K.
Field of view (FOV)
Use The Sims 3 FOV tool.
Windowed
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
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
Traditional Chinese
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

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. Try to install the expansion pack again.

Region Codes

  • North America (languages: en-US, fr-FR, es-MX)
  • 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)
  • East Asia (languages: en-US, ko-KR, zh-TW)
  • Japan (languages: en-US, ja-JP)
  • 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)

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

VRAM requirements do not apply to integrated GPUs.
Windows
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
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
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

References