The Sims 4

The Sims 4 to require 64bit operating systems with Discover University

A few months ago The Sims Team has made an announcement that they’ll be releasing a 64bit-only update for The Sims 4 Base Game, making it exclusive and playable only for users who have a 64bit operating system. The update, which was meant to be released in June 2019 was delayed, but it seems that it’s finally coming with the release of The Sims 4 Discover University Expansion Pack according to Origin.

It’s also expected that The Sims 4 Legacy Edition (which was explained HERE) should be released soon for 32bit players that should support The Sims 4 and all of the packs that have been released until Discover University.

Origin has updated the system requirements for both PC and Mac that now read:

OS: 64 Bit Required. Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
CPU: 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)
RAM: At least 4 GB RAM
DISC DRIVE: DVD Rom Drive required for installation only
HARD DRIVE: At least 15 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
VIDEO: 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
DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0, 10 and 11 Compatible
INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection required for product activation.

OS: 64 Bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10
PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
HARD DRIVE: 18 GB of Hard Drive space


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
HARD DRIVE: 18 GB of Hard Drive space


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  • My god, if you’re running a x32 system now. In 2019… You don’t even deserve to use a computer, let alone call yourself a gamer. Get with the times, ffs. There’s no hardware out that doesn’t support x64, and that’s been the case for almost a freaking decade.

      • For some reason, I can only run this game properly through the 32-bit launcher, despite my laptop being 64-bit. It’s an old Windows 7 gaming laptop from 2008, but it runs TS4 (mostly) just fine…through the 32 bit launcher. When I use the 64 -bit launcher, it lags horribly, to the point of being almost unplayable. I don’t know why this is, but I’m honestly pretty devastated right now, because I’ve been HIGHLY anticipating this expansion. Now, I’m not sure I’ll be able to play it without awful lag. :(

        • I’ve had this problem as well. I have a fairly new computer but there was always this weird lag in the 64 bit version. Tonight I updated Origins and Sims 4 and I can’t play in 32 bit anymore. I had to switch over to 64 and it sucks. It just really sucks. I have spent SO MUCH money on buying expansions for me and my kids and we all play regularly. Now 2 of us can’t play, and yeah we’re poor and we still should deserve to play a game that I paid for that worked until today. It’s the only game I play, after working all day. Oh well poor people don’t deserve nice things I suppose, even after they PAID for them.

    • You really need a damn Xanax to calm your entitled ass the hell down. Some people have quite different situations and cannot always afford a 64 bit system, no matter how long it’s been out. Some people aren’t allowed to have new laptops and instead have to wait till someone else gets a new one so they can’t get the old one. You never know someone’s situation. Stop making yourself look like a vile degenerate like most gamers are labeled as B R.

    • According to one of apple’s support pages, “Apple began transitioning to 64-bit hardware and software technology for Mac over a decade ago, and all modern Macs now include powerful 64-bit processors that can run advanced 64-bit apps. These apps can access dramatically more memory, enable faster system performance, and take advantage of technologies that define today’s Mac experience, such as Metal graphics acceleration.” –

    • You can get a brand new laptop that can run this for under $500. Even cheaper right now with black Friday sales. 32 bit is being phased out, less and less new software will use it.

      Get a part time job, save your allowance. Whatever your situation is. If it’s so bad as some claim, they shouldn’t be buying expensive new game expansions. There is certainly more important uses for that money.

    • No. Your system is 32-bit. Your processor supports 64-bit architecture. If you want to play the new DLC – install 64-bit system.

  • My mac is 64bit but I am not able to update it to Metal. I think I already know the answer but does that mean I won’t be able to run new packs like DU?

  • My laptop is 64 bit, but its telling me I have to have the legacy edition to run… I’ve pre-ordered University pack does this mean when its released on Friday I won’t be able to run it?? Just slightly confused tbh

    • It might mean nothing. Origin keeps telling me about the Legacy Edition every time I sign in, and I’m on a two year old gaming computer. I think it might just be warning everyone just in case.

      • Please share this petition with people you know who also don’t want to play water down version of the game called Legacy edition Especially since there would be no future updates or expansion packs and gallery will be disable In my opinion EA could have still support OpenGL on mac for older macs which are still 64 bit computers who don’t have metal graphics cards.

  • This is complete BS. I have a 64 bit of and I still can’t run the game. Honestly this is so disappointing. How do you make a decision like this without thinking about your customers that use ALL the features of this game. Then you try and cover it up with the Sims legacy, come on. That’s biting the hand that feeds you, this is outrageous. I spent so much money on this game and now I can’t even play it. No way in hell will I be downloading legacy. But it’s not like you really care about the customers anymore right ? You only care about the money. Just wow is all I can say. At this point I wish I never bought the game in the first place

  • I’ve got an old Mac I think it’s mid-2011(I know ancient) what would you suggest i get? I don’t mind a second hand Mac I’m unsure which year to look at orrrrr a windows laptop could do. Any suggestions? :)