64-bit Sims 3, quick pointers after installing

MaxisJoe has reported that they are currently rolling out the fix for the Installation Verification Error that affected everyone when the game launched yesterday. There is nothing you need to do for this, it will be a fix behind the scenes. You will be able to tell when you have it because a CD key will show up in Origin. Click on the Sims 3 64-bit in your Origin games library then the cog/gear then Game Properties. If you see a serial code next to CD Key then you should now be able to play:

Some brief points on this updated version for Mac players, in no particular order. This list is not exhaustive. You should also check out Puzzlezaddict’s excellent guide here at Answers HQ which will be regularly updated as we familiarise ourselves with this updated version of Sims 3:

Store items

  • download all your store stuff again from the Sims 3 Store. I have tried and tried to copy over my saved store content into the The Sims 3 > Downloads folder but just could not get it to install. I did however manage to happily use Safari and the link between the browser and Origin then Launcher seems to be solid.
  • If you need help with installing Store items please see this article which is still relevant to both versions of Sims 3.

Exchange – Downloading from the Exchange can be a bit hit or miss. If you’re having issues please do the following:

  • In Finder click on Go in the Menu bar then Go to folder. In the window copy and paste this ~/Library/Application Support/Origin/ then press Go. You should now be in a folder called Origin. Create a new folder called Installer Data, if there is not already one there, then repair the game.

Cheat console

The cheat console is now CMD, Shift and C, not CTRL, Shift and C.

Camera

The camera controls are awful and really buggy. Be slow and patient with them, don’t start hitting lots of keys to try and get them to work.

Catalogue items

If you are using a trackpad do not try and scroll in the build/buy catalogue. It’s really glitchy. Use the scroll bar at the side or use a mouse.

Installation Verification Error – Sims 3 64-bit and Metal for Mac

The Sims 3 64-bit and Metal version is now available and can be downloaded and installed through your Origin games library. Unfortunately the game isn’t actually playable as this error is appearing at the Main menu:

If you look in your Applications folder you can probably see the Sims 3 Packs folder but no game app:

Hold down CMD, Shift and the full stop/period key and you will see hidden files and folders. Now you can see the Sims 3 app:

I don’t know what the cause of this is but thankfully EA are aware and looking into it. I’m wondering whether it’s a trusted developer/certificate thing? I’m blaming Origin. If in doubt, blame Origin because it’s horrible. I have tried various workarounds I thought might work with no success and am still playing around now.

Keep an eye on this thread for updates from MaxisJoe and hey, you didn’t really think the launch would go smoothly did you? This is Sims 3 on a Mac 😀

Sims 3 for Mac to get a major update in early 2020

These really are exciting times for Mac Simmers! After EA_David’s announcement that Sims 4 is dropping support for Lion this week, he’s just announced that the Sims 3 is getting a big update. In a nutshell:

  • Sims 3 for Mac will be updated to support 64-bit (finally!)
  • It will also be updated to support Metal (yay!)
  • The update will be through Origin and will require existing users to uninstall their current game and install the new version
  • The update will be free to all users with a currently registered copy of Sims 3 and add on packs in Origin
  • The update is expected to be available in early 2020 although no exact date has been announced yet.
  • Requirements will be a Mac running macOS 10.9 Mavericks or later and be Metal supported.

64-bit information
The upgrade to 64-bit means that Sims 3 will run in macOS Catalina, the first macOS to completely drop support for 32-bit apps, which Sims 3 is. It will hopefully also mean the game should run much better than it ever has. This is because there is virtually no limit to the amount of RAM a 64-bit app can use whilst 32-bit apps can only access up to 4Gb RAM. The current version of the Sims 3 for Mac has only ever been able to use 2Gb RAM and is part of the reason for the frequent crashes and inability to run the game

Metal information
Metal is the graphics API introduced by Apple to replace OpenGL. For more in-depth information have a look at this Apple article. However not all Macs support Metal. The following Macs will be able to run the upcoming version of Sims 3:

  • MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air models introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini models introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac models introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro models introduced in late 2013, plus mid-2010 or mid-2012 models with a recommended Metal-capable graphics card.

If your Mac is not listed above you will not be able to update to the new version of the Sims 3 but will still be able to play the current version.

I’ll keep this site updated with more information as it is released but this is really FANTASTIC news 😀