The Sims 4 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors?

The Sims 4 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors? 5Yes, The Sims 4 runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

The Sims 4 is a life simulation game that gives you the power to create and control your very own Sim.

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.

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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.

70 Metascore

The Sims 4 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors? 7 7.5 IGN


The Sims 4 Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 10.11
Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro
Hard Drive: 16 GB
A 64-Bit OS and Metal support are required

Chat icon 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

The Sims 4 on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon processors? 8Yes, The Sims 4 runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: February 3, 2021:

The Sims 4 on M1 Mac

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.

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:

The Sims 4 M1 Mac Rosetta 2 support

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The Sims 4 M1 Mac benchmarks

The table summarizes our results as well as results from other members of the community:

NameMachineResolutionSettingsFPSTester
The Sims 4💻 M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020), 8GB1920x1080Max60MrMacRight
The Sims 4💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB2560x1600Medium94.6Mac Gamer HQ
The Sims 4💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB3360x2100Medium60.7Mac Gamer HQ
The Sims 4💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB2560x1600Ultra79.3Mac Gamer HQ
The Sims 4💻 M1 MacBook Air (2020), 8GB3360x2100Ultra45Mac Gamer HQ

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.

Tested versions:

Concerning our in-house benchmarks, the game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
  • OS MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • The Sims 4: Version 1.70.84.1220

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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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