The Sims 4

How to enable DirectX 11 for The Sims 4 (Windows Tutorial)

SIMS 4 DirectX 11 Tutorial

Improve your performance and unlock smoother gameplay with this tutorial!

The latest Patch for The Sims 4 has brought in a whole new game version underneath for Windows players. Enabling the complete usage of DirectX 11 – a graphics driver that processes many of the in-game mechanics you see and use in your game.

The latest update for the game doesn’t automatically enable the game to run through DirectX 11, meaning that you’ll have to follow a specified tutorial on how to get the newest version of the game running.

Sims 4 DirectX Tutorial

According to the Patch Notes, this will let The Sims Team continue delivering “moreimmersive environments and details” with their future game releases, so here’s to hoping that this is a road towards a richer gameplay experience with less issues.

Enabling The Sims 4 DirectX 11 Version – Official Tutorial

The official tutorial comes from EA_Cade on EA AHQ. If you’re a Windows player who wants to try out the smoothest, most optimized version of The Sims 4 follow these steps below:


DirectX 11, abbreviated as DX11, is a set of drivers from Microsoft that enhance visual and audio performance for games. Applying DX11 to The Sims 4 on a compatible PC can result in better performance, smoother animations, and overall improved gameplay experience.
Please note that DX11 is not available for PlayStation or Mac systems.

How to check if your computer supports DirectX 11

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “dxdiag” and press Enter.
  3. In the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window that appears, click on the “Display” tab, or “Display 1” tab if you have a multi-monitor setup.
  4. Under the “Drivers” section, look for “Feature Levels”. If “11_0” or higher is listed, your computer supports DX11.
Sims 4 DirectX Tutorial

How to Enable DX11 through Launchers

EA App & Epic Game Store & Game Pass for PC:

  1. Open the EA App on your computer.
  2. Find The Sims 4 in your game library.
  3. Click on the game advance settings (3 dot icon) above the play button.
  4. Select “View Properties”.
  5. In the “Advanced launch options” box, type “-dx11”
  6. Click “Save” to apply the changes.


  1. Open Steam and go to your library.
  2. Right-click on The Sims 4 and select “Properties”.
  3. Under the “General” tab, find the “Launch Options” box
  4. In the text field, type “-dx11”
  5. Click “OK” to save your changes.
Sims 4 DirectX Tutorial

Desktop Shortcut:
EA App: *Requires Windows Admin permission

  1. Right-click on The Sims 4 desktop shortcut and select ‘Properties’.
  2. In the ‘Target’ field, add a space at the end and then type “-dx11”.
  3. Click ‘Apply’, then ‘OK’ to save the changes.
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How to Disable DX11

  1. Follow the same steps as above to reach the “Command Line Arguments” box (EA App) or the “Set Launch Options” text field (Steam).
  2. Simply delete “-dx11” and save your changes.

Please be aware that we’re still fine-tuning our DX11 implementation and are aware of some existing issues. Further enhancements are on the way!

Have you already tried The Sims 4 DirectX 11 version? Let us know how it goes for you in the comments section down below!

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