The Sims 4 System Requirements

Do you fancy giving Sims 4 a go? Here are the system requirements you need to get the game up and running

Sims 4 System Requirements
Here are the system requirements for the sims 4. There's a high chance you can play the game with little issues. Image via EA.

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The Sims 4 is the most up-to-date and expansive life simulation around. In the game, you control Sims by pandering to their every human need, from building a home and filling it with crap they don’t need, to making friends and having families. Released in 2014, The Sims 4 has received more than 40 addons in the form of expansions, Game and Stuff Packs, and is sure to be added to by more in the months and years to come. Despite the weight of updates and all the tat that’s been added to the game, for the most part, The Sims 4 is an easy enough game to run on any computer. However, if you have an old laptop that you still use, this Sims 4 System Requirements page could prove helpful.

Sims 4 Desktop Requirements

Sims 4 Minimum Requirements

  • OS: 64 Bit Required. Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent).
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
  • DirectX: Version 9.0.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • Storage: 17 GB available space.


As you can see, the base system requirements require relatively little of a modern PC. The game is very simple in its design, not even requiring a dedicated graphics card to play the game. Pretty much any cheap desktop PC from high street stores for $500/£400 can easily keep up with the basic Sims 4 system requirements.

Sims 4 Recommended Specs

  • OS: 64 Bit Windows 7 (SP1), 8, 8.1, or 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 18 GB available space


In effect, the minimum and recommended specs are not all that different. The only real step up that the recommended specs demand a dedicated graphics card, the GTX 650 (or higher). All that translates to is a graphics card that needs 1GB DDR5. Again, most graphic cards (GPUs) in prebuilt towers from the high street meet that, including the AMD APUs, which technically don’t have dedicated graphics (although this is a story for another time). The only way you won’t meet the recommended specs is if you are playing on a family PC bought over a decade ago. Even then, it should be able to manage the basic The Sims 4 system requirements.

The Sims 4 Laptop Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
  • Proccessor: Intel Core i3 G Series | AMD Ryzen Mobile 3.
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: Intel UHD onboard graphics | Radeon Vega 6 onboard graphics.
  • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • HDD: 15 GB available space.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 × 768 or better.


If you feel like you can’t Sims 4 on your aging laptop, do not fret. Gaming Verdict found a random 11-year-old Acer Notebook on the internet, and even its lowly specs are enough to run the Sims 4.

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit 64 Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 U Series | AMD Ryzen Mobile 5.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: Intel UHD onboard graphics | Radeon Vega 8 onboard graphics.
  • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
  • HDD: 15 GB available space.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 × 768 or better.

You’ll be pleased to know that The Sims 4 is not that hard to run well on most laptops. Plenty of modern laptops are designed to be slick, have decent storage, and a solid processor and memory to handle remote work and web surfing. With The Sims 4’s easy to run specifications, almost all laptops can run the base Sims 4 system requirements. It’s not like Battlefield 2042 or anything, which we anticipate needing a demon of a PC to run.

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