EA today finally released the legacy edition of the Sims 4 for those on older machines. The legacy edition is now the default version of the Sims 4 for Mac users on pre-2012 Macs which do not support Metal and for PC users running 32-bit Windows:
The Sims 4 Legacy Edition provides long-term support for computers that rely on older technologies. You only need to download Legacy Edition if you received a message saying you need it when you tried to open The Sims 4. You can also reference the system requirements for The Sims 4 base game; if you meet those, you do not need to download Legacy Edition.
This is not an automatic update, you need to manually download the legacy edition by clicking on the Sims 4 in your Games Library in Origin then click on Extra Content and scroll down to near the bottom:
Your saves should automatically transfer over but make sure to create a back up of your Sims 4 folder before downloading, in case everything goes horribly wrong. EA_Mai has updated her FAQ in the Mac forum at Answers HQ here.
For those running 10.7 Lion who inadvertently updated in September and now have a game which will not launch, you need to download this legacy version and you will be able to play again.
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:
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.
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……..?
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).