The Sims 4 – Minimum and Recommended System Requirements for Mac


There is a big difference between the minimum requirements and recommended requirements for the Sims 4. If your game meets the minimum requirements then you should be able to play but may need to keep all in-game graphic settings on low. Bear in mind too that when EA state the requirements for Game/Stuff/Expansion Packs they are only basing this on the Pack and the base game, they do not factor in any additional Packs already installed. The more Packs you have installed, the more demands on your machine.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum OS – Mac OS X Lion (10.7.5)
  • CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz or better
  • RAM – At least 4Gb RAM
  • Hard Drive – At least 14Gb of free space with at least 1Gb additional space for custom content
  • 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

Recommended Requirements:

  • Minimum OS – Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9 or later)
  • CPU – Intel Core i5 or better
  • RAM – 8Gb RAM
  • Hard Drive – 18Gb Hard Drive space
  • Video – NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
  • Input – Keyboard and Mouse
  • Online Requirements: Internet Connection required for product activation



41 thoughts on “The Sims 4 – Minimum and Recommended System Requirements for Mac

  1. Will a computer with these specs work for playing SIms 4?
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
    2 GHz Intel Core i7
    4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB



  2. Would an iMac with these specs be good for the sims 4?
    iMac 21.5in Mid 2011 series
    SOFTWARE: OS X El Capitan (I havn’t updated to the newest one just yet)
    PROCESSOR: 2.7GHz Intel Core i5
    RAM: 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    GRAPHICS: AMD Radeon HD 6770M
    HARD DRIVE: 509 GB


  3. I have had The Sims 4 sense the release date, but I have never gotten the Settings just Right.
    so I was wondering if you had any suggestions?
    iMac: 21.5 inch, Late 2013
    Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DD3
    Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
    Software: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion
    Hard Drive: 226.3 free out of 999.35 GB


      1. I did that back in February, because of a editing software I wanted. but when I upgraded my Mac it pretty much Broke my Computer ): the only thing that kind of worked was The sims 4. I backed up my computer before Upgrading, so I was able to go back to 10.8.5. Thank you for the reply tho(:


  4. Would this computer allow gameplay?
    Macbook Air (early 2015)
    OS X El Capitan
    MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
    1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB


    1. Yes but make sure you don’t set the graphics options too high. If you look under the graphics drop down menu on any page on this site you’ll see a link to an Intel HD 4000 thread on the official games forum where people have posted who have the same. There ar some issues with it but the game is playable.


  5. 1.6GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
    Intel HD Graphics 6000
    8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage

    If I upgrade to 2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, will those specs work?


  6. Hi!
    Thank you for the info,
    will my laptop work?
    I don’t mind if the graphics are mediocre as long as it doesn’t freeze and crash like sims 3.

    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris 1536 MB


  7. Quick question whats the best settings I can run this game on with a Late 2012 imac. It’s specs are 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB.


  8. Hi BluebellFlora!

    I read through this thread ( I currently have The Sims 3 Installed but I’m considering The Sims 4, however, it seems to be unplayable or playable with crashes. To you knowledge has anything changed for users that were listed on the affected list?

    MacOS Sierra Version 10.12.5
    iMac (21.5-Inch, Later 2012)
    Processor 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512 MB

    In gratitude,


      1. Thank you so much for your help and for taking time to respond!

        I think I’ll stick with the sims 3 for now.

        In God’s grace,


  9. Hey, I have Sims 4 with all the expansions, game packs and stuff packs. I’m wondering if it’s playable on my MacBook with a lot of CCs and some mods?

    macOS Sierra 10.12.1
    MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012)
    Processor: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 4GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB


  10. Hi BluebellFlora!

    I’ve ran out of space on my MacBook so I’m considering upgrading to the the 15” MacBook Pro (Early 2017) and I was wondering if you would recommend going with 500GB or 1TB storage? I don’t store much on my laptop, the thing that takes up the most is TS4, mods and CC.

    Thanks so much!


    1. I have all Sims 4 games to date (with 5Gb CC), 99% of Sims 3 plus a few other games installed on my 500Gb drive and I have 250Gb left. I also have a 60Gb Photos Library and a large Documents library too.


  11. HI!
    I don’t want to bother you but I have been playing he sims 4 smoothly up until 2 patches ago when it pretty much broke my game.

    My specs are a far stretch from what’s best but I’ve been using it without problems so far.
    I have a macbook pro (13-inch, mid 2008,, i know)
    2.26 GHz Intel core 2 duo
    2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Nividia geForce 9400M 256 MB
    I have 87 GB of space (so I know that’s not a problem)
    Id just like to know if there’s anything I can do to fix the lag and unplayable game or is it just game over for me?


    1. I’m amazed that you’ve been managing to play at all – well done! The patches have probably just sent it over the edge. Your processor, RAM and graphics are well under the minimum requirements for the game. Have you set all in-game options to their lowest possible and disabled Origin in game?


      1. I haven’t tried used disabling origin but I’m not sure that’ll help much. I’m almost certain it’s just game over because of the new patches like you said. Thank you so much though!


  12. Hello! Inherited my fathers computer and was wondering if it could play The Sims 4 ?

    iMac Retina 5K, 27″, (late 2015)
    Processor : 3,2 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory : 8GB 1867 GHz DDR3
    Graphics : AMD Radeon R9 M380 2048 MB

    Thank you for helping us understand this mess !


  13. Hey 😉
    my doughter wants to play The Sims 4 and I wondered if my old Mac Book Pro (13″, Early 2011) will run the game.

    OS – Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.5)
    CPU – 2,3 GHz Intel Core i5
    RAM – 16GB RAM 1333 MHz DDR3
    Hard Drive – SSD
    Video – Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB

    I think the Intel HD Graphics could be a bottleneck, what’s your opinion?
    Many thanks in advance!


    1. Probably yes but on low settings and it will most likely struggle with all the packs installed. The game doesn’t like the Intel 4000 very much, the subsequent release of your Intel 3000 😦 Upgrade to at least Sierra too.


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