The Sims 4 system requirements – doesn’t even need a GPU

The Sims 4 system requirements are quite forgiving, so you should be able to play god on almost any gaming PC. It doesn’t even need a GPU in some cases

The Sims 4 system requirements: a sim snowboards down a snowy mountain followed by a nervous skier

As you might expect, The Sims 4 system requirements aren’t very demanding, opening it up to a wide range of different rigs. It’s available on both Windows and Mac, only requires 4GB of RAM, and should run on any gaming PC built within the past 16 years.


But we’re talking about more than just getting it to run. We want it to run well. Fortunately, most systems built within the last decade should be able to churn out more than 60fps, but you’ll need to be mindful of how you play. The more expansion and mods you install, the more pressure you put on your processor.

Not only do you not need the best graphics card to meet The Sims 4 specs, in some cases you don’t even need a dedicated GPU at all. Modern APUs should handle the game just fine, and with The Sims 4 going free-to-play, why not just try your hand to see if it’ll run?

Minimum Recommended
OS Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 64-bit
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 64-bit
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+
Intel Core i5
AMD Athlon X4
GPU Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT (Mac)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro (Mac)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650
AMD Radeon HD 5830
Storage 15GB 18GB

We’re keeping our eyes on The Sims 5 release date, but EA’s currently keeping hush. If you’ve managed to do the seemingly impossible and go through the ridiculous amount DLC and expansions while you wait for the sequel, check out all The Sims 4 cheats to get free money and our Sims 4 CC guide on how to install custom content to keep things fresh.

Take The Sims 4 system requirements test over on PCGameBenchmark to answer the question… Can I run The Sims 4?