The Sims 4

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The Sims 4
The Sims 4 cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
SmartSim
Release dates
Windows September 2, 2014
macOS (OS X) February 17, 2015
The Sims 4 at Wikipedia
The Sims
Subseries of Sim
The Sims 2000
The Sims Online 2002
The Sims 2 2004
The Sims Stories (series)
MySims 2008
The Sims 3 2009
The Sims Medieval 2011
The Sims 4 2014

Key points

Built-in modding support.

General information

Official website
Official forums
Answer HQ for The Sims 4 at EA.com
Answer HQ for The Sims series at EA.com (OS X)
The Sims Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Expansions were provided on DVDs until the first expansion in the United States and at least the third expansion in Europe.
After that, all retail copies came with download codes.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
Digital Deluxe and Limited editions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
All versions require Origin DRM.
A Sims 4 Create A Sim Demo is available.

Version differences[edit]

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

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Awesome Animal Hats Included with the Limited Edition and Digital Deluxe edition
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Up All Night Included with the Digital Deluxe edition
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Life of the Party Included with the Digital Deluxe edition
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Digital Deluxe Upgrade Upgrades the base game edition to the Digital Deluxe edition. Also includes a copy of the soundtrack. Included with Origin Access Basic.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Holiday Celebration Pack Free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Outdoor Retreat Game pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get to Work Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Luxury Party Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Perfect Patio Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Spa Day Game pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cool Kitchen Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Spooky Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get Together Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Movie Hangout Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Romantic Garden Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Dine Out Game pack. Included with Origin Access Premier.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Kids Room Stuff Stuff pack. Included with Origin Access Premier.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Backyard Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Grim's Ghoulish Guitar Free. Can be obtained by signing up for the newsletter.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
City Living Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Vintage Glamour Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Vampires Game pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Bowling Night Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Parenthood Game pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Fitness Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Toddler Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cats & Dogs Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Laundry Day Stuff[1] Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Jungle Adventure Game pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
My First Pet Stuff Stuff pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Seasons Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Get Famous Expansion pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves\
macOS (OS X) ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/saves/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Frame rate limit[edit]

Modify Options.ini[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Options.ini.
  3. Find the key frameratelimit and set the value to your preferred max fps.
  4. Save your changes.

DPI Scaling[edit]

Modify Options.ini[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Options.ini.
  3. Find the key uiscale and set the value to (your dpi - 100).
  4. Save your changes.

Notes

You will notice that a lot of icons will look blurry.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Can be remapped with tools such as AutoHotkey. The script/tool must be run in Administrator mode.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master Volume, Object Music, Music, Voices, Sound Effect, UI Sound
Surround sound
Subtitles
No intelligible dialog. All in-game dialog uses the fictional Simlish language.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Time stops on focus lost (no sound while time is stopped).

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Thai

Issues fixed[edit]

RivaTuner OSD does not display on Windows 10[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Run the game in Windows 8 compatibility mode.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
Intel GMA X4500
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 (Lion)
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro

References