The Sims 4 Growing Together

Preparing for The Sims 4 Growing Together + Base Game Update

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This week is full of releases! Learn how you can prepare.

Starting the 14th of March 2023, players will receive the highly anticipated Base Game update for Infants. Additionally, this update also prepares us for The Sims 4 Growing Together Expansion Pack that releases later that same week.

There’s no denying that this will be a huge update to the game! Of course, it does mean that there is a little bit of recommended preparation work required. Doing this will hopefully keep the update process as smooth as possible!

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However, we have got you covered with everything you need to know to help you prepare for both the update and expansion pack launch!

The Base Game Update

The upcoming update for The Sims 4 is bringing lots of new content, including:

This is alongside any bug fixes that The Sims Team has been working on to include in this patch.

Fear not, as there are a few ways to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible!

Save Files

It is recommended that you back up any save files prior to updating just to be on the safe side!

If you play on PC/Mac you can back up your saves by going to the following location, Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4. From here, you can copy and paste your save files to another location on your PC or an external hard drive/USB stick.

However, if you play The Sims 4 on either Xbox or Playstation, you can back up your saves using your console settings. This can be either via cloud storage or external memory. Take a look at our handy tutorial below that shows the process on PlayStation consoles. The process will be similar for those on Xbox as well.

Mods & Custom Content

Due to the nature of the update, mods and custom content are likely to break. However, remember that the creators of your favorite creators will be working hard to get updates out as quickly as possible.

It’s important to keep track of the creators whose content you have in your game. It will help with ensuring the content in your game is compatible with the latest version of the game. You can keep track of all the latest updates via our dedicated channel on our Discord Server!

While the game will automatically disable any mods and custom content when you first launch The Sims 4 after updating, it’s best to not re-enable them until Mod creators confirm they are safe to use. If you do enable your mods before ensuring they are confirmed safe to use, you could be at risk of breaking your game.

You can, however, test out your current mods and custom content in the game once updated to see if any do work. It is strongly advised that you back up your current save prior to doing so just in case there are any issues. Your save files can be found in Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4.

Updating The Sims 4 ready for Infants and Growing Together
Updating The Sims 4 ready for Infants and Growing Together

Here are some helpful articles that will help ensure a smooth patch day process for players who use mods and custom content in The Sims 4:

Even though this update for The Sims 4 prepares us for Growing Together, there are a few more things players can do to get ready for the new content.

The Sims 4 Growing Together Release & System Requirements

The upcoming expansion pack is set to release on March 16th, 2023 at 10 am PT. The EA App will display the exact time the pack is released in your area.

It is also important to ensure that your device meets the system requirements too! Take a look at the full system requirements for PC and Mac below.

PC Requirements

Minimum

OS: 64 Bit Required. Windows 10

CPU: 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-3220 (2 cores, 4 threads), AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz (4 cores) or better

RAM: At least 4 GB RAM

DISC DRIVE: DVD Rom Drive required for installation only

HARD DRIVE: At least 25 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 11 Compatible

INPUT: Keyboard and mouse

ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection required for product activation

Recommended

OS: 64 Bit Windows 10

PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 (4 cores), AMD Ryzen 5 or better

VIDEO CARD: 1 GB of Video RAM, NVIDIA GTX 650, AMD Radeon HD 7750, or better

MEMORY: 8 GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: 50 GB of free space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum

OS: Metal required. Mac OS® X 10.11 (El Capitan)

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz (2 cores, 4 threads) or better

RAM: At least 4 GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: At least 25 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

VIDEO: Support for Metal. Intel HD 4000 (Integrated Graphics) or better

INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: An Internet connection is required for product activation.

Recommended

OS: Mac OS® X 10.11 or later

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 (4 cores), or better

VIDEO CARD: Intel HD and Iris Graphics from the HD 4000 series or newer

MEMORY: 8 GB RAM

HARD DRIVE: 50 GB of free space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

For Xbox or PlayStation players, you will need to ensure you have enough storage space on your console to download both the update and expansion pack.

Growing Together with a new Household

With Infants being added and the expansion launching later in the week, why not create a new household? You can use this opportunity to explore new content that comes with the patch and be ready for the expansion. Alternatively, you could use it as a chance to tell a new story you’ve been wanting to tell. You could also use this time to prepare a household ready for a new challenge.

It’s Time to Build!

You can’t create a new household without creating a new home for your Sims! Even if you just spend the time creating a basic home with an aim to furnish it more once The Sims 4 Growing Together is released! There is something about creating a new home that just adds to the excitement of a new pack being released!

Growing Together: A New Family Home Ready for the Expansion Launch
Growing Together: A New Family Home Ready for the Expansion Launch

With so much new content coming our way this week, it’s going to be hectic for many players. We hope that this information helps you have a smooth patch day and prepares you for Infants and Growing Together!

Stay tuned on Sims Community for all the latest news and articles on this week’s big releases!

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Krista

Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff. You'll usually find me hanging out in our Discord, in-game or creating articles!

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