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A 64-Bit Release Of The Sims 3 Is Now Available For Mac Players

Since early 2020, The Sims team has been announcing more information regarding the re-release of The Sims 3 on Mac systems. The re-release is now available.

After the launch of Catalina, Mac users were no longer able to play The Sims 3. This has upset many Mac players, especially if they own all TS3 content, who are unhappy with the state of TS4 and want to return to the previous game.

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EA has been working on re-releasing The Sims 3 so that new and old Mac players can once again enjoy the game. The game will not re-release as an update but as an entirely “new” game, which is why players will need to re-download it. TS3 will be updated to support 64-Bit and Metal. This also explains why many Origin players who own the game have seen an update available.

The Sims team has been updating what’s going on behind the scenes, along with an extensive FAQ. One of the most popular questions is regarding when the update will roll out.

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The statement by MaxisJoe first states that players should back up their The Sims 3 saves. Backing up saves is often recommended before any major update.

The Sims 3 and all of its DLC is slowly appearing in Origin, even though there is nothing available to download yet. The developer states this is one of the last steps before the content is released and is expected.

Those who already own the game will receive the 64-bit version free. It will be available in “My Library.” Anyone who purchases it in the future will have access to the new macOS version.

Those who own it on disc will have to register their game with EA through The Sims 3 website. After the update is out, they will have to download the 64-bit version. If they already registered it and didn’t see it in their Origin account, they will need to double-check which email was used to register the product.

Last, there is no update for Windows players, and no 64-bit version is planned for the future. This major re-release will only be for Mac players. No news, including a roadmap, is available for Windows players.

Most importantly:

This new version is a compatibility release which adds support for 64-bit, Apple’s Metal graphics API, and makes the application a fully native macOS app. It is not a Remaster or Remake of The Sims 3. This update of The Sims 3 also switches from OpenGL to Apple’s Metal graphics API, changes significantly how data is managed with the game service, where files are stored within the macOS file system, and has been updated to be a native macOS application.

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The 64-bit version of The Sims 3 is available now for Mac Users.

Sours: https://happygamer.com/a-64-bit-release-of-the-sims-3-is-now-available-for-mac-players-90051/

Question:Q:Does anyone play The Sims 3 with MacBook Pro 2017?

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Hello Simslr, I have something to ask you guys

Literally, Does anyone play The Sims 3 with MacBook Pro 2017?? Anybody? Does it work??

Please HELP !!

I am trying to play it Windows in Boot camp cuz EA is not paying attention to Sims 3 for OS anymore

Please Don't tell go to Samsung. HELP......

MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Apr 20, 2017 12:07 PM in response to Luka_Jam In response to Luka_Jam

I am wondering this too!

When I bought my Mac Mini with full specs, I really hoped I would be able to play Sims 3 decently, but it all turned out to be a disaster.

I could not play Sims 3 in MacOS because the game kept crashing, and having sever graphical corruptions. When I started the game in Windows 10, it was playable, but still, I was really disappointed not being able to play the game on more than low-mid-settings.

But, I have learned by my mistakes. When playing Sims 3, the graphics card on your Mac/PC is essential for having a decent gaming-exerience. You may have 16GB of RAM, and an i7 processor, but if your graphics card is not compatible with Sims 3, then you'll not have a decent experience.

I found a list on Mod The Sims showing every compatible graphics cards, so I suggest you check it out there (:

This summer, I will buy a max specd MacBook Pro 2017, I will try to remember your post and come back with some feedback from my experience playing the game (: I have no plans installing Windows on that one too though, I feel Windows is so slow compared with MacOS, at least on my Mac Mini.

Again, I will try to remember your post!

Happy simming 😀 Sul sul 😍

Apr 20, 2017 12:07 PM

Apr 20, 2017 12:09 PM in response to jbd00 In response to jbd00

Here is the list of all guaranteed supported graphics cards for Sims 3. None of the cards available for the latest MacBook Pro line-up is mentioned, but I will keep being an optimist 😝🙂

http://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:TS3_System_Requirements

Apr 20, 2017 12:09 PM

Apr 27, 2017 5:14 PM in response to Luka_Jam In response to Luka_Jam

Hey again, Luka!

I have good news, and bad news to you.

I found this thread earlier today: Will the Sims 3 work on the New MacBook Pro 2016, 13inch, Touch Bar?

Here, both a person with the latest MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch shared their experiences.

The one with the 13-inch said she had nothing but good experiences, and that she had not encountered no issues, as for now.

The one with the 15-inch (I guess it's relevant to say she had specd up her Graphics Card to AMD Radeon Pro 460) could not get the game to run at all. This, of course, makes me depressed, as this is the computer I am going to buy this summer. But, as I also said, I'll keep being an optimist 😁 Maybe the person didn't install it propperly, or something else was in the way.. I will still keep my promise and share my feedback with you as soon as I get my hands on my own ^^

Have a great day!

Apr 27, 2017 5:14 PM

May 20, 2017 11:42 AM in response to Luka_Jam In response to Luka_Jam

Hello again, I just received my latest MacBook as I mentioned earlier.

Sims 3 did not work at all, every time I tried to open the program, I got the message "An unexpected error has occured". I have tried to work myself around this bug, all from manuall super-patch updates, to editing game-files. I have also tried installing the game with not only Origin, but also CD, but both gave the same results. I am therefore sorry to tell that Sims 3 is utterly trash on the latest MacBook Pro (2.9GHz i7, Radeon 460).

May 20, 2017 11:42 AM

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To get the new version, you’ll need to do the following.

  • Install the 64-bit version. Your computer will see the 64-bit version as a new application, so you need to install the new version instead of updating your game.
  • Confirm your Mac meets the new specs. You’ll need a Mac with Apple’s Metal graphics API and to be on macOS High Sierra (10.13.x, released in 2017) or later.

If you already own The Sims 3 on digital:

The Sims 3 for macOS, 64-bit will automatically be added to your EA Account and available to install from My Library.

If you own The Sims 3 on disc:

To get the new version of The Sims 3 for macOS, 64-bit, redeem your code on EA Desktop and download the 64-bit version. 

You can register your game and packs at www.thesims3.com by logging in with the same account you use with EA Desktop. 

If you plan to buy The Sims 3:

When you buy The Sims 3 on EA Desktop, you’ll get access to previous versions on Windows PC and Mac as well as the new 64-bit version for macOS.

Sours: https://help.ea.com/en/help/the-sims/the-sims-3/the-sims-3-mac-64-bit-version/

We’re still looking into what causes this error to pop up for some players on Mac. These solutions might help you resolve the issue:

  • Update to the latest version of Origin.
  • Reset Origin on your Mac.
  • If it happens after you’ve installed a new expansion pack, try uninstalling it.

System requirements for an expansion pack are often higher than the ones for The Sims 3 itself, so sometimes a Mac that will run the base game has trouble running some of the later expansion packs.

If you’re sure that your Mac meets requirements, and you installed your expansion from a disk, try installing a digital copy through Origin instead. You won’t need to buy the expansion again, just redeem your code in Origin if the expansion is not showing on your account.

If none of these fixes work, visit Answers HQ for troubleshooting steps and a video walkthrough.

Have you updated your game or run the super-patcher?

It’s best to make sure The Sims 3 is fully up to date before you install an expansion. Then, check for updates for that expansion before you try to install another one.

If you’re playing through Origin, it’ll keep everything up to date for you.

Installing the super-patcher after installing expansions may not cause any issues. If you still see some problems with unknown errors and you installed all expansions before using the super-patcher, try following these steps.

If you’ve done this a little out of order, you may not see any problems, but if you think it could be what’s causing the unknown error, try this:

  1. Uninstall The Sims 3.
  2. Reinstall The Sims 3 and update it(if you’re using Origin) or run the superpatcher (if you’re using disks).
  3. Then, install your expansions one by one.
  4. When you install and update everything, try launching The Sims 3 again.
Sours: https://help.ea.com/en/help/the-sims/the-sims-3/troubleshoot-the-sims-3-mac/

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These threads and guides are not definitive nor exhaustive but they have proved extremely popular on my website and do seem to have helped frustrated Simmers along the way. The locked ‘help’ thread on here by simguruhydra has not been updated in over 3 years. Unfortunately us Mac Simmers have to help each other as EA do not offer much support for OS X, if any. If you receive advice from Customer Support to quit Processes on your Mac PLEASE ignore it. For a detailed explanation please read this.


Whenever you play the game you should play in windowed mode:

To do this hold down CMD and press Return when the main game window launches. In the highly likely event of your game freezing/hanging you can then click anywhere on the desktop and go to the Apple logo, top left, and select Force Quit. This will save you having to power off your Mac using the power switch (which can damage the HD). Tabbing between apps you have open doesn’t always work when you have the game running, hence the need to play in windowed mode.

Saving and Quitting:

ALWAYS pause your game and then Save. DO NOT Save & Quit. It is also a good idea to purge your RAM before you attempt to save. If your game is hanging or crashing whilst saving, and you have saved as recommended, then try your game without any CC/Mods. There is no magical perfect solution for the Save problems – please don’t expect one!

Patching:

If you play with Mods, these must be moved out prior to patching. You should then update your Mods accordingly.

CC & Mods:

I don’t use any CC and have never used Mods but here’s a super duper guide on where to install CC and Mods to, courtesy of itsaprilXD.


Primary things to try first (especially if your Launcher doesn’t open or your game will not load):

  • The first step to trying to figure out how to get your game working again is to try a new game, without any CC, mods, saves etc. This will help figure out if your install is dodgy or you have corrupted data. Doing this is simple, open your Documents folder then open the Electronic Arts folder. You will see one folder in there called The Sims 3. Drag this to the desktop DO NOT DELETE IT. This folder holds all your game data like downloaded content, saves and everything precious to your game.
  • Now, fire up your game (it regenerates the folder you just moved) and see if you can play with a new Sim in a new world. Make sure you open CAS and make sure you try out Build/Buy mode. Try playing for at least an hour or so. If that works then the installed game and EPs/SPs is fairly stable so the issue lies somewhere within the folder you moved out. The difficult part is figuring out where the problem is within the data. You will need to move back your CC/Saves/Downloads/Mods etc. bit by bit from the folder you moved out to the newly generated folder to work out where the problem lies.
  • To put your game back to how it was (not working presumably if you had to just do that step!), navigate through to the Electronic Arts folder again and trash the Sims 3 folder the game just recreated. Put your old folder, the one you moved to the desktop, back in it’s place.
  • Navigate to the Electronic Arts folder again, this time opening The Sims 3 folder. Trash the following files:
    • CASPartCache.package
    • compositorCache.package
    • scriptCache.package
    • simCompositorCache.package
    • socialCache.package

Now try loading your game again. These files are regenerated.

  • If you want to know more about your game’s user folder have a look here on the Sims Wiki page. All the individual files and folders are explained.
  • Tremayne4260 has posted some great tips on trying to get your game going in this post.

Constant crashing:

If your game is constantly crashing you’re probably running out of RAM during gameplay. This is due to Cider not being able to access more than 2Gb RAM. You need to manually free up your Mac’s RAM so the game always has access to more memory. You can download various Apps to do this or you can do it yourself VERY easily using Terminal which is already built into OS X. See this page on instructions – https://bluebellflora.com/resetting-ram-during-gameplay/

Downloaded content not showing up:

If your Store downloads aren’t showing up in game try deleting the missingdeps.idx file (thanks to Crinrict), the game will regenerate a new one:

Finder > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sim 3 > DCCache > missingdeps.idx

This isn’t a sure fire fix as Origin seems to be causing a lot of issues with the Launcher but it’s worth a try. For more info read Crinrict’s blog post here.

Bypassing the Launcher:

Bypassing the Launcher can sometimes resolve issues of, amongst other things, the game hanging on startup, crashing during the intro and the base game icon bouncing up and down in your Dock but nothing else happening. Instructions on how to bypass the Launcher can be found here.


My Guides:

How to do a clean uninstall and reinstall on a Mac

Checking which patch version you’re running

Finding your serial key using Terminal

Resetting RAM

Saving Origin digital downloads

Unfortunately, because the game is not natively written for OS X, it is not the most stable of programs to run on your Mac. To understand it a bit better have a look here:

Understanding how The Sims 3 runs on a Mac

For general maintenance you could try these steps:

Get rid of MacKeeper if you have it, and some useful maintenance tips.

The only solution for a proper Simming experience on your Mac is to play it in Windows, the OS which the game was written for. For detailed instructions on how to install Windows on your Mac please read this thread:

How to install Windows using Boot Camp

Checking Exchange items and downloads for nasties (dodgy CC) – Julia526’s Mono tutorial:

How to use Delphys Dashboard and CUSTARD on Mac tutorial

You can also analyse your crash logs using Mono and the MTS Crash Log Analyser

There are numerous errors Simmers encounter whilst playing. And unfortunately there is no common denominator as to why some can play and some can’t. Two of us could have the exact same spec. Mac yet one can play and one can’t. The most important thing to bear in mind is that 99% of the time it is not because there is a problem with your Mac, it is Cider.

Patching your game to 1.67

Common Error Threads on the official forum:

Supernatural Issues

My game keeps freezing

Error Code 12

Possible fix for Error Code 12 – thanks to kirby356

Custom Content not showing up in game

Disc Authorisation Failure & here

Exception Raised Error

Blacked out CAS

Can’t start game process

Ghosting images then crash to desktop

Thumbnail images showing red lines in Build/Buy mode, CAS, Main Menu

Known graphics issues: 

Graphics Glitches – NVIDIA GeForce GT cards identified

– This issue has now been fixed with patch 1.63 –

Intel Iris and Iris Pro issues

– possible workaround on page 2 of thisforum thread, thanks to tmethei –

Error Code 12 Fix:

(takes you to external site – The Ever So Woderful Life of Zac M)

How To overcome Save Error code 12 on The Sims 3

Installation freezing at a certain file number:

For those suffering from a frozen installer, please post on this thread so we can try, once and for all, to fix it.

Unknown Error running Sims 3 in macOS El Capitan and Sierra

A very specific issue if you are attempting to run the game in El Capitan or Sierra and you have Late Night/Ambitions/Outdoor Living/Fast Lane installed. Links to workaround here.

Origin issues:

Caspinwall and Tremayne have a great thread going about issues to do with Origin. Please post in it whether you’re having problems or you know of any fixes to problems you’ve had:

http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/727857.page

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Dear Simmers,

If you currently play The SimsTM 3 on Mac, pay close attention to this announcement!

Earlier this year, Apple announced plans to phase out support for 32-bit applications with their new macOS, Catalina. Due to this change, we will be releasing an updated version of The Sims 3 that will be compatible with the new macOS, The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal). We will also be making all DLC content available in this new format, as well.

The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) will be available for download via Origin. We don’t have a release date for when Apple will release Catalina. However, if it occurs before The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) is out and you decide to update your Mac to macOS Catalina, you will not be able to continue playing The Sims 3 until after we release The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal). Once The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) is released, you will have to uninstall your current version of The Sims 3 and packs before re-installing, and you will not be able to patch your existing installation. We will post more detailed instructions when we make this update available. You will not lose your progress in the game and you will keep all the extra content you have acquired over time.

The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) FAQ

Where can I get The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition?

If you are an existing The Sims 3 owner, we will have instructions on this page which will walk you through the steps to get your copy of The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition when it is released.

When will 64-Bit & Metal Edition be available?

This change is planned for early 2020. We will update you once we have a confirmed date.

Will I be able to get the 64-Bit & Metal Edition through a patch to my current game?

No. The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition will be its own version of The Sims 3 and carries significant changes from the currently available version. This means that the game will not be patched and will require the The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition and the packs to be installed like a new release through Origin.

Will the minimum specifications be the same as The Sims 3?

No. The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition will require the latest version of Origin which requires OSX 10.9 or later. Also, since the The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition adds 64-bit and Metal support, the minimum specifications will be adjusted accordingly.

What if I can’t update my Mac?

The Sims 3 and all the packs will be available in their current form for those players who choose not to or cannot update their Mac to Catalina.

Will I need to buy The Sims 3 or my packs again?

No. All The Sims 3 players who have registered their game and packs with Origin will have access to The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition when it releases. If you have the disc version of The Sims 3, you will need to redeem your code in Origin to access The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition in Origin.

Will The Sims 3 (64-Bit & Metal) Edition release for Windows PC?

There are no current plans to update the Windows PC version of The Sims 3. Version 1.6.9 is available to The Sims 3 players via Origin.

What do I need to do to make sure my game is saved before I update to macOS Catalina?

While updating macOS to a newer version should be straight forward, we recommend you backup your saves before updating to macOS Catalina. You can find The Sims 3 save files in Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3. Simply copy the entire The Sims 3 directory somewhere safe like your cloud storage of choice (eg. iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) or a USB flash drive. This will backup your downloaded content and your save files among other things.

Sours: https://simscommunity.info/2019/10/10/the-sims-3-important-information-for-mac-users/


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