Mac Sims 4 shadow bug

We have a new Mac specific bug that’s popped up since the November patch, game version 1.47.49.1220.

If you play with laptop mode off you will see a weird straight line shadow following your Sim around when they are inside:

A workaround at the moment is to enable laptop mode in your game. You could also go into the GraphicsRules.sgr file and change the RenderShadowsEnabled value to false but enabling laptop mode is a lot quicker and easier. You may get the awful pink floors bug back though so you decide which is worse!

We have a thread over at AHQ so please do take a minute to press the Me Too button so EA are aware of how widespread it is. If you have a minute I’d really appreciate it if you could please post your Mac model too and version of macOS – https://answers.ea.com/t5/Bug-Reports/Mac-Sims-cast-weird-shadows/m-p/7178640

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Sims 4 screen flickering

This problem has been around for a while and affected some Mac users but not all.

Symptom
When you play your game the screen will flicker and changing certain graphics options in-game doesn’t fix it.

Cause
Edge Smoothing settings in the Graphics Options in-game.

Solution
Play around with the Edge Smoothing settings in the Graphics Options menu. Try turning it off if you have it on or lowering it if you have it on high. Also try raising it if you have it on low.

Thanks to the wonderful people who have confirmed the issue and solution over on this thread at AHQ.

Disable Origin in-game

Running macOS Mojave? Updated security settings in the operating system no longer permit Origin in-game to run. If you want to have it enabled please read this update – https://bluebellflora.com/2018/09/22/disabling-origin-in-game-is-the-way-forward/


Having Origin enabled in-game has always caused issues on Macs. As well as causing lagging issues it can also cause your game to not load, something which seems to be becoming more frequent amongst players. So the best thing to do is just disable it. Unfortunately you will have to do this after each Origin update as it annoyingly enables itself each time.

  1. Open Origin then click on Origin > Preferences in the menu bar
  2. Click on Origin in-game on the right side 
  3. If Origin is enabled in-game the button will show green. Click on it to turn it off so it looks like the picture above.