EA is changing the supported specifications on The Sims 4. This means there might be some changes for you.
The update is for both PC and MAC. Starting from June 2019, The Sims 4 will not be supported on non-Metal or 32-bit operating systems
EA_Mai posted on Answers HQ with specifics.
For Mac it means they will no longer support Macs that can’t run Metal. Apple is phasing out graphics processing technology that is called OpenGL and updating it to a new technology they call Metal.
For those that can’t upgrade to Metal (because they have an older Mac or what ever other reason) The Sims 4: Legacy edition will be available to you
With this same update, The Sims 4 will also not be supported on 32-bit PC’s anymore. If you have a 64-bit operating system but are still running the game on 32-bit, you can simply update to 64-bit.
If you are not able to because you don’t have a 64-bit operating system, then The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will be available for you as well.
These changes will have a huge impact for those who will have to transfer to The Sims 4: Legacy Edition. Like online features like The Gallery and online interactions will be disabled, you will no longer receive updates, nor new content and this includes new stuff/game/expansion packs.
Packs that released before March 2019 (so up to The Sims 4 StrangerVille) will still be playable for you.
Below will be a few questions that have been answered on AHQ what this means for you.
Will The Sims 4 be automatically be updated to The Sims 4: Legacy Edition when I have a non-Metal or 32-bit operating system?
No, The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will be available somewhere in June 2019
If you are an existing The Sims 4 owner, there will be instructions on this page (click) which will walk you through the steps to get your copy of The Sims 4: Legacy Edition when it is released.
The Legacy Edition will not be available to new players.
How do I find out if my Mac supports Metal?
To find out if your Mac supports Metal, please check here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073
How do I know if I have a 32-bit system or a 64-bit system?
If you are on Windows 8 or 10, you can press the Windows key + I, go to System, then go to About. Under device specifications you can see your system type
For Windows 7 and below, you go to Start, right click Computer, and go to properties. It will tell you there.
Will The Sims 4: Legacy Edition receive additional content and bug fixes?
No, The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will not receive any more content or bug fixes.
Will online features still work? (Like The Gallery etc)
The Gallery, game banners, and social integrations will be disabled. The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will not display or allow any purchases of content released after February 2019.
What Stuff Packs, Game Packs, and Expansion Packs can I play using The Sims 4: Legacy Edition?
You will be able to purchase and play all Stuff, Game and Expansion packs released between September 2, 2014 and February 26, 2019.
This includes: Luxury Party Stuff Pack, Perfect Patio Stuff Pack, Cool Kitchen Stuff Pack, Spooky Stuff Pack, Movie Hangout Stuff Pack, Romantic Garden Stuff Pack, Kids Room Stuff Pack, Backyard Stuff Pack, Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack, Bowling Night Stuff Pack, Fitness Stuff Pack, Toddler Stuff Pack, Laundry Day Stuff Pack, My First Pet Stuff Pack,
Outdoor Retreat Game Pack, Spa Day Game Pack, Dine Out Game Pack, Vampires Game Pack, Parenthood Game Pack, Jungle Adventure Game Pack, StrangerVille Game Pack,
Get Together Expansion Pack, Get To Work Expansion Pack, City Living Expansion Pack, Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack, Seasons Expansion Pack and Get Famous Expansion Pack.
Content released after February 2019 will require you to upgrade your system.
Will custom content still work with The Sims 4: Legacy Edition?
It will be up to the custom content or mod developer to decide to support their custom content for both The Sims 4 and The Sims 4: Legacy Edition.
Will there be different versions of The Sims 4: Legacy Edition for Non-Metal Mac OS and 32-bit PC OS?
There will be one version of The Sims 4: Legacy Edition that you will be able to download.
Will my save files still work in The Sims 4: Legacy Edition?
Yes, save files will still work with The Sims 4: Legacy Edition. Instructions on “how to” will be published once The Sims 4: Legacy Edition is released.
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