Yes, The Sims 4 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.
The Sims 4 is the latest entry in the legendary Sims series and features tons of new systems that make it the more sophisticated and enthralling Sims game to date.
The Sims 4 on Mac
The Sims 4 hasn’t always delivered great Mac support. For a while, it was no longer playable due to a lack of 64-bit support. But ever since, developer Maxis has stepped up its game and ensure The Sims 4 on Mac is just as good as on Windows.
|Genre:||GENRE||64-Bit Support:||M1 Support:||Rosetta 2|
Is The Sims 4 worth it? The reviews
So did The Sims 4 delivered? Is it as good as its predecessors? The game didn’t receive exceptional reviews at launch. Most agreed The Sims 3 had more to do and they punished The Sims 4 for it.
Yet The Sims 4 has always had more depth. And since its initial release, the game has received plenty of updates and DLCs.
Bottom line: In spite of average reviews, The Sims 4 is the best Sims game you can buy today, by far.
The Sims 4 Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Processor:||2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Memory:||4 GB RAM|
|Graphics:||NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better|
|Hard Drive:||16 GB|
|A 64-Bit OS and Metal support are required|
Note that according to these system requirements, a Mac with integrated graphics should not be able to run it. But we can confirm it’s possible. More on that below.
The Sims 4 M1 Mac support
Yes, The Sims 4 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.
Last Updated: February 3, 2021:
What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.
The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:
- 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, The Sims 4 can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:
- MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
- The Sims 4: Version 18.104.22.1680
More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.
The Sims 4 M1 Mac benchmarks
We were unfortunately available to record Frames per second because The Sims 4 doesn’t track FPS (unlike Steam games). The figure below is only an estimation, but we can confirm the game ran very smoothly.
|Benchmarks||Medium Settings & 900p||Max Settings & 900p||Max Settings & 1440p|
|MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||≈ 60+ FPS||–||–|
As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:
- Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
- 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
- 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
- 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
- 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.
We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.
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The Sims 4 Mac download
You can download The Sims 4 from EA.com.
Be aware that the game is also available on Steam but that version does not support macOS.
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