The Sims 4 is permanently dropping 32-bit support in December

The Sims 4: Legacy Edition (opens in a new tab)a 32-bit version of Electronic Arts’ long-running game that launched in 2019, is disappearing for good in December, meaning players on older operating systems will either have to upgrade or find something else to to play.

The Sims 4 Legacy Edition came out three years ago as something of a holdover for users of older systems: EA ended support for 32-bit operating systems in The Sims 4, but offered the ‘Legacy Edition’ as a free download for anyone who owned the full version of the game. It was compatible with existing saves, so players could continue their Sim life uninterrupted, but EA warned it would have limited functionality – no gallery, game banners or social interactions – and would not get any future updates or patches, or be compatible with any future expansions or content packs. It was basically an extended notice that time is moving on, technology is changing, and those who don’t move with it will eventually be left behind.

That “possibly” is only a few weeks away. EA has announced that The Sims 4: Legacy Edition will no longer be available starting December 12.

“Previously, players could download The Sims 4: Legacy Edition and could play on those operating systems with some limitations,” EA said. help website said. “Now we are saying goodbye to Legacy Edition, so this option is no longer available.”

To play The Sims 4 after December 12, you’ll either need to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows or get new hardware with a 64-bit operating system already installed. If you’re using a Mac, you’re basically in the same boat, except you’ll need to make sure you’re using a Metal macOS version of El Capitan or higher. No, I’m not making this up, it’s just Apple for you. The good news is that Legacy Edition saves will be compatible with the current full version of the game, you just need to move them:

  • Go to your Documents.
  • Open electronic arts.
  • Copy the folder titled The Sims 4 Legacy Edition.
  • Transfer the file to the same folder (Documents/Electronic Arts) on your new computer and change the title to The Sims 4.
  • Starting the game.

One point that is not specified in the announcement is the impact of the change on people who have already installed The Sims 4: Legacy Edition. My guess is that it will continue to work as usual, but the announcement states that players with 32-bit operating systems will need to upgrade “to continue playing The Sims 4”, which pretty strongly implies that even existing owners will also have to make the move. I have contacted EA for clarification and will update if I receive a response.

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Either way, the change probably won’t leave too many players out in the cold. The last Steam Hardware and Software Survey (opens in a new tab) (the most readily available source of information we have for this sort of thing) says that over 96% of users are running some version of Windows, and of those, over 96% are 64-bit. While Mac operating systems are only a tiny slice of the overall pie, it’s pretty much 64-bit across the board. If you’re not using a 64-bit operating system yet, hey, now’s the time to make the switch.

It’s not entirely surprising that The Sims 4 is dropping 32-bit support altogether now. EA announced in October that Origin would be deleted (opens in a new tab) in favor of the (not really) colorfully named EA app, which also requires a 64-bit operating system.

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