The September 2020 patch 18.104.22.1680 has introduced an easier way to edit the Sims 4 graphics files. This is helpful if you have a newer machine with a GPU that isn’t yet supported in the game. Or you want to edit the files to override the in-game settings.
There is now a folder called ConfigOverride in the Sims 4 user data folder where your saves etc. are stored. You can place copies of the GraphicsCards.sgr, GraphicsRules.sgr and Default.ini files in here and any changes you make to the copies will override the existing game files in The Sims 4.app > Contents > Resources. If you have issues with the files you have edited, you simply trash them and the game will default back to the master game files in the Sims 4 app. You can then repeat the copy/paste to add them to the ConfigOverride folder and edit away. Repairing the game will replace the master files in the Resources folder.
Windows users – head over to Crin’s site for your instructions.
To make the file copies for editing:
- Right click on the Sims 4 app and select Show Package Contents (Windows users: \The Sims 4\Game\Bin and skip step 2)
- Navigate through Contents > Resources
- Select the Default.ini, GraphicsCards.sgr and GraphicsRules.sgr files and hold down CMD and C to copy or go to File > Copy
- Open the ConfigOverride folder in your Sims 4 folder and paste the files into the folder, CMD and V or File > Paste
- DO NOT drag the files from one folder to the other, you must copy/paste them
These are not normally files that the average user has to bother with so if you’ve never had to edit the files before, chances are you won’t need to start now. However, for those who like to tinker around and potentially break things (like me), here’s a quick explanation for these files and what they do:
Default.ini – you can change the default plumbob colours for your sim in here
GraphicsCards.sgr – the database for all supported and some older unsupported graphics cards (GPUs) in the game. If you receive the warning that your video card is not supported when you load the game, this is where you add it. You can also raise the default setting for your GPU if you think it is too low.
GraphicsRules.sgr – this tells the game what to do with the in-game graphics options when you chose Low/Medium/High/Ultra. There are settings for each which you can change. Simp4Sims has made an edited version of this available to download for free here which will really make your game look beautiful.
If you are running macOS Sierra 10.12 or later and have iCloud Drive enabled then you may be having an issue with your saves. Is the game like new again every time you start it up and all your previous progress is gone? If so then iCloud has been set to move your Documents and Desktop folders to iCloud. Even though your Documents folder is being stored in the cloud, your Mac is also storing a copy locally so your game will keep loading your saves. If you have Optimise Mac Storage enabled in the System Preferences > iCloud settings, iCloud will store your Documents folder in the cloud where your game will not look for it when your internal storage starts filling up. So every time your game loads it is recreating a brand new Sims 4 user data folder because it cannot find the original.
You can get round this by freeing up space on your Mac so it starts storing the files locally again:
- Open System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive then click on the Options button and uncheck the box next to Desktop & Documents Folder.
- Disable Optimise Mac Storage so files are not automatically moved to the cloud when internal storage is getting full.
This means that your Documents folder will stay localised on your Mac and not be pushed to the cloud. Your game will then happily be able to load your previous save from your Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 folder.
If you have general space issues you can store your Sims 4 folder externally or in the cloud using alternate methods.
For issues with CC and Mods not appearing in-game the same instructions apply. There can also be other reasons which you can find here.
The following links explain iCloud Drive in more detail, including how to save your Documents folder contents back onto your Mac:
Understanding Desktop and Documents Folder Syncing
Good news for anyone who still wants to play Sims Medieval on their Mac, EA have released a patch which gets rid of the Launcher – woohoo! The digital version of the game has been unplayable for several years now although those playing the disc version have been fine. This update is applied through Origin and does away with the Launcher for the game altogether. It does mean that Origin is now required to play the game unfortunately but hey, at least you get to actually play the game rather than shout at it.
To update the game open Origin, click on your Games Library and you should see the update available for Sims Medieval:
Click on the game then click on the little cog, then select Update Game from the menu that appears:
Origin will verify the game files then download and apply the update.
Leave a comment if you have any questions – happy Medieval Simming!