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Tutorials: How to play The Sims 4 on Mac Computers!


The Sims 4 was announced on May 6th, 2013 with the title mentioning that the game will come for both PCs and Macs. Sadly, it was later confirmed that The Sims 4 won’t be released for Mac computers the same date as PC release (02/09 – US; 04/09 – EU; 05/09 – UK). Thankfully, Mac Computers have an easy and simple way to install Windows Operating Systems within 20 minutes if you’re not willing to wait a couple of months for the Mac version of The Sims 4 to come out.

Before you start to add an additional Operating System on your Mac Computer using Boot Camp, make sure you have:

  1. An Intel-based Mac with a built-in keyboard, external USB keyboard, or an Apple supplied wireless keyboard, and a built-in trackpad, USB mouse, USB trackpad, or Apple supplied wireless mouse or trackpad.
  2. Mac OS X v10.5 or later.
  3. The latest firmware updates available for your Mac.
  4. Boot Camp Assistant, which is located in /Applications/Utilities/ . You can also open Launchpad and type Boot Camp Assistant in the search field.
  5. A DVD or downloaded (ISO) “full version” of Windows installation media. Boot Camp does not include Windows.
  6. For additional requirements, see Boot Camp: System requirements for Microsoft Windows

There are several tutorials that explain how to install Windows on your Mac properly using Boot Camp. We’ll mention 2 tutorials: a text and image based tutorial and a video tutorial.

PC World’s Step-by-Step TutorialVideo Tutorial

What’s required the most is an original version of Windows 7/Windows 8. If you don’t understand these tutorials very well, ask someone who knows their way around Computers to help you out or, if you’re willing to give up on your Mac Operating System, ask someone to remove Mac OS and install a Windows OS.

It’s not all about the Operating System though. Make sure you meet the Minimum System Requirements for The Sims 4. If you plan to use Boot Camp, make sure to have a computer that has at least double more specifications than the ones mentioned below. That includes Processor, Memory, Hard Drive, Memory and Video (Graphics) Card.

Windows Operating Systems take about 20 GB of your Hard Drive. Since you’re going to have to seperate your Hard Disk into Mac and Windows HDD’s, we recommend that your Hard Disk has at least 300GB’s (150GB for Mac, 150GB for Windows)

The Sims 4 Minimum System Requirements

REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation. 

OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 

PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)

MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM 

HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games 

DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only 

VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better 

SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible 

DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible 

INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse


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  • yaya i’m going to do this on my MAC so i can have the sims 4 that i’ve finally pre ordered yesterday thanks to my lovely boyfriend to go with my other birthday presents so glad it’s out 4 days before my birthday. :-) :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :yes:

  • Now that sims is out for Mac, I still can’t have it because my Mac does not meet the Mac system requirements for it (I only have 2gb ram instead of 4 and 2.0 processor instead of 2.4). Would boot camping fix this issue? Like if I installed windows, would that have the minimum amount of stuff I need to run the sims 4? Or would it still be stuck because my Mac is below requirements? Like does it matter if my Mac has less than enough to run it- would the windows installation theoretically have enough room?

  • First of all thanks for sharing this article i also bookmark this page for future. i want to download the sims 4 on my mac but i don’t know how to ”bootcamp” i am afraid that will hurt my mac. please help..i also don’t want to pay anything to play. thanks

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