Sims 4 Discover University – only available on Metal supported Macs

University is coming, one of the most requested packs in the long line of Sims 4 additional content. Whilst this is great news for some, for those on pre-2012 Macs not capable of supporting Metal it’s not good news. EA have announced the system requirements for the pack to support only Metal supported Macs:

MINIMUM SPECS:
OS: Metal required. Mac OS® X 10.11 (El Capitan)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Processor or better
RAM: At least 4 GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: At least 15 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM of 256MB or better
INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection required for product activation.

RECOMMENDED SPECS:
OS: Mac OS® X 10.11 or later
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 or better
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
MEMORY: 8GB RAM
HARD DRIVE: 18 GB of Hard Drive space

Don’t be confused if your Mac meets all the other minimum requirements, even if it is running El Capitan. If it is not one of the machines listed below, it will not run University:

Maybe this means the Legacy Edition of Sims 4 for non-Metal Macs is coming soon……..?

Sims 4 patch for macOS Catalina players 1.56.55.1220

EA have released a small but very important patch today (23 October 2019) for Mac only. This addresses the issues arising through Apple’s security updates in 10.15 Catalina, specifically:

  • Game not having full access to the Documents folder resulting in user data not loading properly
  • Origin error message stating that the game is already running
  • Error Code 0 when trying to save

After updating you should be prompted to allow the Sims 4 access to your Documents folder. You MUST grant access for your game to correctly load your data.

Get patching! (But not if you are running Lion).

Sims 4 crashes or freezes when trying to access the Gallery or Library – workaround

This issue has been quite prevalent since the August 2019 patch. We have a thread running on it over at Answers HQ here. When the user tries to access the gallery and/or their Library the game will freeze but more often than not, crash.

SimsQARobo has helpfully suggested accessing the Gallery through a web browser but there does seem to be another fix which is working, it involves trashing a game file, EAWebKit.so, which rebuilds itself after a game repair.

Wordaround:

  1. Right click on the Sims 4 in your Applications folder and select Show Package Contents
  2. Navigate to Contents > Frameworks
  3. Drag the EAWebKit.so file to the Trash
  4. Open Origin, right click on the game in your Games Library and select Repair Game

The file will be recreated after the repair and you should now be able to access the Gallery and your Library again.