Issues playing The Sims 4 on 16″ MacBook Pros

Seen quite a few posts now from Sims players with the 2019 16″ MacBook Pro whose games either crash constantly or have dreadful graphics with appalling screen tearing. The Config.log files are showing that the AMD Radeon Pro 5300M and 5500M are now supported but there are still issues. Symptoms may be:

  • Screen tearing
  • Game crashing, especially when trying to load a household
  • Flooring disappears and the terrain is visible
  • Black lines and patches in the game window

There are a few things that have worked for users and definitely worth trying:

  • Disable iCloud Drive in System Preferences
  • Disable Retina display in the in-game graphics options
  • Enable Vertical Sync in the in-game graphics options

You could also try toggling between fullscreen and windowed mode by holding down CMD, CTRL and F.

We have a thread running at Answers HQ for these issues too, please take the time to post your problem and click the Me Too button in the opening post so EA see it 🙂

The Sims 2 now 64-bit, compatible with macOS Catalina

Woohoo! Thanks to those lovely folks at Aspyr, Mac users running 10.15 Catalina will now be able to run  The Sims 2.  First SimCity and now Sims 2, all we’re waiting for is EA to release their promised 64-bit upgrade of Sims 3 and we’re all done.

Just open the App Store and search for Sims 2. Alternatively, here’s the direct link.

The upgrade is free if you have already purchased the game through the App Store, otherwise you will need to pay for it, the price is currently £28.99 in the UK.

SimCity now 64-bit, compatible with macOS Catalina

How did I miss this? Aspyr released a 64-bit version of SimCity a couple of weeks ago on the Mac App Store, happy days!

Just open the App Store and search for SimCity. Alternatively, here’s the direct link.

The upgrade is free if you have already purchased the game through the App Store, otherwise you will need to pay for it, the price is currently £19.99 in the UK.

Still no word from EA yet on whether they will updating the version available in Origin. To be honest the Aspyr version has always run better and been more stable in my experience so I would definitely go with that option if you want to play. Enjoy!