Many people are wondering: on what platforms The Sims 5 will be released? One thing is for sure: there will definitely be a PC-version for the fifth generation, simply because the Electronic Arts and Maxis have always prioritized this platform over any other platforms – and with immense success.
Each Sims generation was first launched on PC, followed by other platforms such as Mac and console.
The Sims 5 coming to PC
It is quite sure that the fifth generation can be played on a variety of Windows-based computers, including desktop computers, notebooks, and laptops from different leading technology brands, including Microsoft’s latest Surface and Surface Pro laptops, as well as their Surface Studio desktop computer.
The game can also be played on computers from other brands such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, and Toshiba.
It is expected that there will be different versions of the base game, just like they did with earlier Sims generations. Each edition for PC is likely going to have different extra content.
The Sims 5 expansion packs for PC
Besides the full version of the base game for PC, there will also be expansion packs for The Sims 5.
At this point, it’s not completely sure whether there will be bigger expansion packs, game packs, and stuff packs like The Sims 4, or that there will different types of add-ons. However, each expansion will definitely be available on PC.
Popular themes such as pets, university, seasons, generations, ambitions, and world adventures are expected to come.
The Sims 5 cross-platform: coming to different platforms
In February 2020, Electonic Arts’ CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed some remarkable details about the future of The Sims in a quarterly earnings call, which was found by Sims Community and also covered by business magazine Forbes.
Wilson was asked about a possible relaunch of The Sims Online. He mentioned they are working on an online cross-platform The Sims title for the near future. This would mean that it’s possible to play the same game on different platforms.
This is what Wilson said during the call:
“As Maxis continues to think about The Sims for a new generation – across platforms and a cloud-enabled world, you should imagine while we will always stay true to our inspiration, escape, creation, self-improvement, motivations – that this notion of social interactions and competition like the kind of things that were actually present in The Sims Online many, many years ago – that they will start to become part of ongoing Sims experience in the years to come.” – Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts
Besides the PC-version for Windows (Windows 10 and the upcoming generation), it is expected that the fifth installment of the video game will also be launched on Mac, simply because there is a big market for it and The Sims 4 was also successfully launched on Mac. That would make it possible to play the game on Apple iMac computers and MacBooks.
Besides these platforms, we can also expect the game to be released on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5) series, as well as Xbox X Series. There is also a possibility for a launch on the next-generation Nintendo console.
How to download The Sims 5 for PC?
At this moment, it’s not possible to download The Sims 5 yet. It is expected that the PC-version of the base game, as well as expansion packs, can be bought through various channels, including Electronic Arts’ own gaming platform Origin.
Besides that, the game will most likely be available through Amazon and other web shops, and possibly via Steam as well.
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How much will The Sims 5 for PC cost?
Pricing details for the base game, as well as expansion packs, have not been confirmed yet. It is very likely that these games will not be available for free.
Looking at earlier Sims generations for PC, we expect that the standard version base game will cost about 40 to 60 USD (or 40-60 euros) at launch. Different editions will have different prices, some of which might be more expensive or cheaper.
Expansion packs will probably cost around 15-40 USD (or 15-40 euros) depending on their content.
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Will there be a demo or trial version of The Sims 5 for PC?
EA and Maxis have not confirmed whether there will be a demo of The Sims 5 or not. However… there is a chance that they will launch a trial version for specific game features.
The Sims 4 didn’t have a full demo of the game. Instead of that, EA and offered a free trial of Create A Sim (CAS), which allowed players to download a beta version of the game in which they could make their own Sims.
EA also came up with a similar free trial for The Sims 3, allowing players to create Sims in Create A Sim (CAS), and to create pets in Create a Pet (CAP). Create A Pet allowed gamers to create dogs, cats, and even horses.
What are the PC system requirements for The Sims 5?
Will your computer be good enough to run the fifth generation? Just like many other details about the upcoming game, system requirements have not been confirmed yet. Some websites claim to have received the minimum specs already, but this information is not correct.
For now, we just have to wait for the official announcement of the game.