EA has released the required specifications needed to run the Sims 4. As you would expect from a mass market game like the Sims, you won’t need a high-end gaming machine to run the game. In fact, EA has made it so that the vast majority of people with a reasonably modern computer system should be able to jump in and play without too many problems. The full specs are:
- OS – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
- Memory – 2GB RAM
- Processor – 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ and equivalent
- Video Card – 128MB of Video Ram and support for Pixel Shader 3.0
- Supported Video Cards – Nividia GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better and Intel GMA X4500
- Hard Drive – 9GB of space needed to install, 1GB needed to custom content and saved games
- DVD-ROM – DVD-ROM required for installation from disc
- Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
- DirectX – DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sims 4 is the latest instalment in the life simulator series, which has become one of the biggest selling gaming franchises of all time. The game was first announced in August of 2013 with a trailer reveal and is set to release September 2. Sims 4 has caused controversy since its announcement due to the fact that several key gameplay features from previous games in the series have been left out. These include the ability to build swimming pools and have a toddler life stage. Fans argued these had been deliberately removed so that EA could later charge for them as additional DLC. The publisher has since denied those allegations.
Yesterday the Sims 2: Ultimate Edition was made available to all Origin account holders. Anyone with an Origin account and log in to the client or the website, enter the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the code redemption area and receive the game free of charge. The offer is available until the end of July.