EA Releases The Sims 3 System Requirements

Love it or hate it, The Sims is set to receive another full sequel soon after 2009 begins.

With The Sims 3 (PC) shipping on February 20, Electronic Arts has released the minimum requirements well in advance, giving fans a chance to bulk up their computers in anticipation of the expanded people simulator.

The full Sims 3 minimum requirements follow:

PC/Desktop, XP Service Pack 2:

  • Processor: Pentium IV 2.0 GHz / Athlon XP 2000+
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • GeForce FX 5900 / Radeon 9500
  • Graphics RAM: 128 MB
Laptop, XP Service Pack 2:
  • Processor: Pentium IV 2.0 GHz / Athlon XP 2000+
  • Memory: 1.5 GB
  • GeForce Go 6200 / Radeon mobile 9600
  • Graphics RAM: 128 MB
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    December 17, 2008 4:36 PM

    Despite the fact that those requirements are almost never right, the minimum requirements are even more useless, because they are NEVER right. You won't be able to play this game any good with these configs, I'm sure.

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      December 17, 2008 5:00 PM

      That's why they're minimum, not recommended.

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        December 17, 2008 5:15 PM

        Yeah, it should be "minimum to enjoy the game". But mostly it doesn't even work, even on lowest, and most ugly settings.
        And often even recommended is wrong.

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          December 17, 2008 5:20 PM

          im a little above GTA IV's minimum and I play it fine at about 30-35 fps. highest rendering and medium textures.

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            December 17, 2008 8:18 PM

            Then again, rendering detail (basically AF and a few other very minor things) and textures aren't of much (if any) difference if you have enough vRAM.

            Or you just have a magic rig, since every computer I've seen it running on has only managed about 30-35fps, with everything turned right down to the bottom - and those rigs are all high-end and well maintained.

            Anyway, Johnnsen's right of course. System requirements, both minimum and recommended, are generally overoptimistic. They want the game to sell after all.

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      December 17, 2008 5:57 PM

      I realy doubt the Sims is going to suddenly go hard core and start demanding god machine specs. They didn't sell 100 million units by targeting the top 5% of systems.

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