Some Mac users who have upgraded to El Capitan have found their Sims 4 games unplayable. This is due to certain NVIDIA GeForce 6xx series graphics cards no longer being compatible with the game. The affected Macs are mainly those with 512 MB VRAM:
- Late 2012 21″ iMac – Model Identifier 13,1 – Model No. A1418
- Late 2012 27″ iMac – Model Identifier 13,2 – Model No. A1419
- Late 2012 15″ MacBook Pro – Model Identifier 9,1 – Model No. A1286 (650M 512 MB)
And the listed graphics cards are:
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512 MB
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1024 MB (possibly)
EA are aware of this issue and are issuing a fix….. in December:
If you want to post on the thread over on the official forums you can find it here.
Sorry for all those affected, this ridiculous situation reminds me of when OS X Lion was released and Sims 3 was unplayable for a lot of Mac users. That took EA a couple of months to fix too. Shameful.
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How are you? I hope you’re well.
I am excitedly grateful for you and all you knowledge. I’ve read through several posts and found them helpful. However, I do have some questions and wondering if you mind helping out some more?
My last interaction with the sims was TS2 with several EP and Stuff Packs played on a desktop PC.
Here are my current specs:
Late 2012 21″ iMac – Model Identifier 13,1 – Model No. A1418
Processor 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB
In your opinion, would you recommend TS3 or TS4?
Can my computer support either?
Do you recommend the disks or downloads?
Are there any errors I’ll run into and any posts that will help me out?
Do I need any patches and where do we download patches?
I look forward to talking to you!
In God’s grace,
It will run both but you will encounter this issue (first point) with Sims 4 because of your NVIDIA 650M 512Mb.
Always digital downloads from Origin for Sims 3 and the patches are linked here.