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The Sims 4 Experiences on Mac computers/Laptops/etc

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So , I was wondering how other mac users are experiencing playing the Sims 4 on the Mac ? And what programs are you using ( I'm using Origin to play the game on ) . So far I haven't been experiencing manny problems , only a few lags , but I am only playing the base game and just recently bought the get to work bundle ( get to work , outdoor retreat and luxury party stuff )+ cool kitchen stuff. So far so good , what about you ? If you are experiencing any problems I will try helping with my experience thus far :) .
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  • drake_mccartydrake_mccarty Posts: 4,906 Member
    I have a 2015 MBP w/ Retina display and all packs installed (except LPS because I never bought that). Performance is pretty good actually. I haven’t encountered really any bugs, the only issue is the computer itself getting hot which just requires me to keep an eye on it and take a break to let it cool down.
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    edited November 2017
    I have a 2015 MBP w/ Retina display and all packs installed (except LPS because I never bought that). Performance is pretty good actually. I haven’t encountered really any bugs, the only issue is the computer itself getting hot which just requires me to keep an eye on it and take a break to let it cool down.

    Oh , awesome . Yeah , for me its the same , so I'm contemplating on buying a laptop cooling pad i searched this site for some info on which to get , but idk if i should trust it --> https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-coolers <-- :/
    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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  • TerraTerra Posts: 1,285 Member
    Really depends how old your computer is. I used to play TS4 on a 2011 MBP that met the requirements but not the recommended settings. I had a lot of bugs in that game and had to play on the lowest graphics. Now I'm on a 2015 MBP and the game runs so well. Still some bugs, but much better, and I'm still in awe of how much more beautiful the game is now.
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    Terra wrote: »
    Really depends how old your computer is. I used to play TS4 on a 2011 MBP that met the requirements but not the recommended settings. I had a lot of bugs in that game and had to play on the lowest graphics. Now I'm on a 2015 MBP and the game runs so well. Still some bugs, but much better, and I'm still in awe of how much more beautiful the game is now.

    I could not agree with you more @Terra , I am playing on the 2012 MBP at the moment and it is working just fine for me , a few bugs here and there , the only problem I have is that the game slows down drastically if im on 150 max sims settings
    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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  • drake_mccartydrake_mccarty Posts: 4,906 Member
    Lucid_bleh wrote: »
    I have a 2015 MBP w/ Retina display and all packs installed (except LPS because I never bought that). Performance is pretty good actually. I haven’t encountered really any bugs, the only issue is the computer itself getting hot which just requires me to keep an eye on it and take a break to let it cool down.

    Oh , awesome . Yeah , for me its the same , so I'm contemplating on buying a laptop cooling pad i searched this site for some info on which to get , but idk if i should trust it --> https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-coolers <-- :/

    Macs are pretty good about dissipating heat on their own. A cooling pad really just makes the casing cooler to the touch, it doesn’t protect the internal components from potentially overheating. I don’t personally use them, I think it’s easier to just let it cool down for a few minutes when it gets too hot.

    In regards to the max sim population, I have mine set to 80 on my Mac which I believe is the default setting for everyone. 150 Sims, which doesn’t include townies might be a lot for your Mac to handle. I would keep an eye on it, and if you notice that it starts to not perform as well try lowering that if at all possible. On my Mac I try to reduce the number of households I make because when it gets to be too much there is a relatively noticeable change in performance.
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    Lucid_bleh wrote: »
    I have a 2015 MBP w/ Retina display and all packs installed (except LPS because I never bought that). Performance is pretty good actually. I haven’t encountered really any bugs, the only issue is the computer itself getting hot which just requires me to keep an eye on it and take a break to let it cool down.

    Oh , awesome . Yeah , for me its the same , so I'm contemplating on buying a laptop cooling pad i searched this site for some info on which to get , but idk if i should trust it --> https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-coolers <-- :/

    Macs are pretty good about dissipating heat on their own. A cooling pad really just makes the casing cooler to the touch, it doesn’t protect the internal components from potentially overheating. I don’t personally use them, I think it’s easier to just let it cool down for a few minutes when it gets too hot.

    In regards to the max sim population, I have mine set to 80 on my Mac which I believe is the default setting for everyone. 150 Sims, which doesn’t include townies might be a lot for your Mac to handle. I would keep an eye on it, and if you notice that it starts to not perform as well try lowering that if at all possible. On my Mac I try to reduce the number of households I make because when it gets to be too much there is a relatively noticeable change in performance.

    @drake_mccarty yeah heating is the biggest issue for my mac , regarding the cooling pads I was thinking of buying them in general to just test the product out but like I said I don't trust them exactly because they do not actually cool it like you said . Regarding the settings , yes I do unfortunately have to keep the sim count on the low and do have to restrain myself from overpopulating it , however I am enjoying the gameplay right now with one of my families so it's not too bad nor a big issue for me , on the downside I do have to delete some of my designs right after I create them and put them up for downloads . All in all I'm starting to get the hang of the sims 4 on mac , it took me some time to adjust but I'm loving it so far .
    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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  • EmilyJEmilyJ Posts: 5 New Member
    I have a Macbook Pro and also use Origin. I've been playing The Sims 4 since it came out and so far *touchwood* I've never had any problems. I have the base game, Toddler Stuff and a free holiday pack. The only annoying thing is I can't uninstall the holiday stuff without uninstalling the whole game apparently :(
    I'm currently debating on buying either City Living or Parenthood I just can't decided which one!!
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    @EmilyJ for uninstalling packs I would not advise you doing some of the unofficial methods like deleting files on your computer , because that may affect other things if not done correctly and almost 90% of people who do this have in-game problems after ( i suggest you try this out https://simsvip.com/2015/01/15/the-sims-4-how-to-properly-uninstall-downloadable-content/ ) .

    Well it depends on what kind of gameplay you like , I suggest adding Parenthood since it has lot of new features regarding your sims like farting and burping hehe it also features character values that include : manners , responsibilities , empathy , conflict resolution and emotional control while growing up which I find great for sims character development and custom story progression , the game focuses on parenting which becomes an actual skill in the game and so your household will certainly be more entertaining .

    As apposed to , city living which brings more fun and content focused on the lives of sims like festivals , more jobs , the city itself and the apartments . The game seems to be focused on multicultural developments in sims the most fun for me here are the ruin down / fixer upper apartments that you can either ... ruin and get them infested with rats , or make them a cozy environment for your sims . Regarding festivals it's similar to the festivals in the sims 3 seasons so you get more sim world development .

    In conclusion its great to get both ! Since one focuses more on the sims and their relationships and the other one focuses more on world-sim interaction and lifestyle :) . Sorry for the essay like short review , hope it helped
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  • EmilyJEmilyJ Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks so much! @Lucid_bleh That has helped a lot.
    I'm swaying towards Parenthood, I think it suits my gameplay more than City Living will. :) Thank You!
  • Tremayne4260Tremayne4260 Posts: 3,086 Member
    I play on a late 2012 27" iMac and have no problems. Most of my graphics are on high with no lag. Sims 2, 3 and 4 run well on it. I have 32 GB of RAM which helps as well. I have everything for Sims 4.
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  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    I play on a late 2012 27" iMac and have no problems. Most of my graphics are on high with no lag. Sims 2, 3 and 4 run well on it. I have 32 GB of RAM which helps as well. I have everything for Sims 4.

    Oh nice , thats awesome ! @Tremayne4260
    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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  • Tremayne4260Tremayne4260 Posts: 3,086 Member
    I also have all of Sims 3, but on the Mac side I have only the Mac port by Asypr for Sims 2. On the Windows side I have the complete collection. Really wish we had the complete port for Sims 2, but I have fun with what I have.
    Second Star to the Right and Straight on 'til Morning.
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    @Tremayne4260 I too own the sims 3 on the same mac , and for the sims 2 i have not played them since the sims 3 came out so I have not tried to find ways to play them on my mac , as for the original sims .... I really kinda miss them since I had the complete collection D,X
    Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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  • ChazzzyChazzzy Posts: 2,650 Member
    Running TS4 on a 2011 MBP
    16 GB Ram, SSD HD

    My recommended population Max is set to 150
    Computer gets hot and fan is loud. But it’s an old computer so I don’t mind really.
    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    @Chazzzy i wonder why mine is slow at times ....
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  • ChazzzyChazzzy Posts: 2,650 Member
    edited November 2017
    Lucid_bleh wrote: »
    @Chazzzy i wonder why mine is slow at times ....

    Even though the max recommended is 150, I only have 98 active sims. I also deleted all my empty houses and don’t allow any households to have more than 4 people and 1 pet total. I moved all of my community lots to Windenburg only. Sim detail is on high but all other graphic settings are on low. Little stuff like that helps I think.
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  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    Chazzzy wrote: »
    Lucid_bleh wrote: »
    @Chazzzy i wonder why mine is slow at times ....

    Even though the max recommended is 150, I only have 98 active sims. I also deleted all my empty houses and don’t allow any households to have more than 4 people and 1 pet total. I moved all of my community lots to Windenburg only. Sim detail is on high but all other graphic settings are on low. Little stuff like that helps I think.

    Oh well that certainly helps , all of my settings are on the highest settings and a lot of my households have 5+ sims in them , I am mostly playing in Willow Creek . I mean it's not supper slow but the frame-rate is sometimes a bit laggy when playing for a longer period of time , I only had one crash that happened unexplainably when my sims were on a date at the gym and I had one of them exercising ( since then I took it as a sign that she (the sim) does not like to exercise :D )
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  • Tremayne4260Tremayne4260 Posts: 3,086 Member
    Also, not having a lot of CC helps speed up the game. I mostly have houses and very little CC.
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  • Lucid_blehLucid_bleh Posts: 84 Member
    @Tremayne4260 yeah thats why I do not have any cc on my game , sadly
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  • momoitomomoito Posts: 25 Member
    I was originally playing with only 4 gb memory and 2 game packs, after these additions my game basically crashed and was super slow. After upgrading to 8gb memory everything works relatively great. I have a 2011 macbook pro with base specs
  • AmySimmsAmySimms Posts: 11 New Member
    I have a mid-2015 MacBook Pro with a dual core i7 and Intel Iris 6100 integrated graphics. The game runs very well at Medium - nice and smooth, fluid and very little overheating!

    I have no CC and just the base Sims 4 game installed, running under macOS (no Bootcamp).
  • CryBloodwingCryBloodwing Posts: 2 New Member
    I use a 2017 MacBook Pro and it works normally well for me. Only problem I have had is doing the detailed changes on Sims creation with the trackpad.

    I have 8 mods but they are just like a new hairstyle or new outfits and I have a ton of space on my computer.

    I also often have lag with the fast forward time, like it freezes, jumps back a few minutes, or randomly switches to the slower speed up version.
  • simlandersimlander Posts: 166 Member
    edited February 4
    I currently play on a Macbook Air baught in 2013 (not sure if the model's called 2013 or 14). I run it on low-medium settings (sometimes turn it up if I'm taking pictures but then it's only for a short time). I use Origin because I had a hard copy of the game that was installed on a PC and added to my account so I just rather easily downloaded it to the Air via Origin. I don't remember experiencing any problems when I ran it on higher settings, but I just didn't want to risk damaging my computer. The only issue I can think of is the same as @CryBloodwing had with the lag when fast forwarding. I used to play TS4 on a 2011 eMachines (Acer) (which I was told was a "gaming computer" but after looking it up I don't think the specs were that great) and TS4 runs a lot better on the Air. I was actually surprised when I first played it on the Air because the loading times were much shorter. I don't play with mods but do have some CC in my game. I would however like to play on higher settings.

    EDIT: After reading some comments I feel I have to add as well that it does heat up when playing (but then again so did my PC) and I think it's worse when I play big households. Another addition is that I only have the Base Game, I probably would've already bought some expansions if I weren't sure how much the computer can handle.
    But to sum it up, the Sims 4 runs fine on Macs as long as you turn the settings down a bit and don't fill your game with mods and CC.
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  • futurevet201futurevet201 Posts: 34 Member
    I play on a pretty new MacBook air and it runs pretty well through origin but my computer heats up quite a bit and gets quite loud
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  • BluebellFloraBluebellFlora Posts: 7,012 Member
    I play on a pretty new MacBook air and it runs pretty well through origin but my computer heats up quite a bit and gets quite loud

    You might want to lower your in-game settings and elevate your Mac if you want to prolong its life. That noise is the fan running full pelt desperately trying to cool it down.

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