The Sims 4 is still the world’s most popular life simulator game. The franchise’s fourth installment will be ten years old in 2024, and the fans feel that new content and game should be coming. Until then, The Sims 4 will be the go-to game for new and old players to play, and with the recent availability of the base game for free, Sims became even more popular. Of course, people are wondering if it is worth waiting for the download of the The Sims 4 base game with potential expansion packs. So how long does it take to download The Sims 4, and is it possible to speed it up?
The base Sims 4 game is approximately 50 Gbs, with the contents and save files storage being included. If you add in the expansion packs, for example, ‘Seasons,’ which requires 25 Gbs of hard disk space, the total size of the Sims 4 game is around 75 Gbs. Of course, if your internet download speed clocks up to 40 Mbits per second, the base game and the expansion pack of Sims 4 will take around 4 hours and 7 minutes. Download speed depends on the PC’s strength, household members using the Internet, and the processes your computer engages in during the download.
All things considered, The Sims 4 is quite a big game, at times comparable to the likes of God of War game, which is fascinating knowing that Maxis’ game is nine years old. If we include the expansion packs and other add-ons, Sims gets even bigger, which will be the main topic of this article. If you’re interested, stay with us until the end.
What is the size of The Sims 4 game?
Life simulator games are vastly different from RPGs or first-person shooter games because they focus on the opposite style of gameplay, and with that, the “machine” needs to deal with different things when running it.
The Sims franchise is notorious for its game size and many game expansions over the years, which escalated with the release of The Sims 3 game. This 2009 life simulator was the first Sims game that included the open world features, where the Sims could walk and travel to other ‘cities.’ The Sims 3 game was huge, and even good computers struggled at times to load it – it was just too big and “clunky” to load.
The process of loading the game was an issue, but the game was huge as well, even for the base game. This trend continued with Sims 4, which was released in 2014.
The game developers removed the open-world feature for the new release but expanded Sims 4 in other aspects – especially with the customization, add-ons, and graphics.
The Sims 4 game is huge, with the base game being around 50 Gbs in size, while the players also need to make sure they have additional hard disk space for the save files and other add-ons.
Now, the base Sims 4 game is sufficient enough for most players, but there is a reason why EA Games released so many expansion packs and add-ons over the last decade. They are supposed to expand the gameplay potential and add more things into the game so players have more to do, and the game manages to still be interesting.
If you want to dedicate yourself to the Sims 4 game, you’ll probably need at least one expansion pack that costs $30, and those need additional disk space on your device. For example, the ‘Seasons’ expansion pack needs at least 25 GB of disk space with an additional 1 Gb for safe files and other add-ons.
This makes The Sims 4 game at least around 75 GB in size, which will take some time to download on your device, but how long? Let’s find out.
How long does it take to download The Sims 4 on your device?
To determine the time for the download, we need to determine the internet speed. Of course, in this case, the download internet speed is the focus, and one can measure it with the special ‘speed tests that are available with one search on your browser.
Let’s make an example from my specifications and internet speed information. After measuring my download internet speed, the speed test clocked it at 40.36 Mb per second.
This is a fairly decent download speed if I consider that it was only 18 Mb per second only a year ago when researching the topic of Fortnite game download speed.
As I did then, I used Omni Calculator, which determines the download speed and how long it takes for The Sims 4 game to download on my device. I put in my download speed information and the approximate size of the game with the additional expansion pack.
The results showed that the 75 GB-sized Sims 4 would take approximately four hours and seven minutes to fully download on my personal computer. This is discounting other factors – other members using the Internet in your household and the strength of your device.
This software and tools mostly don’t consider those, so let’s apply these examples to my personal experience. How to speed up the download speed? Let’s find out.
How to speed up The Sims 4 download speed?
In this case, Task Manager on your Windows is your friend because you can ensure that the background task and applications don’t run and disrupt your efforts in downloading The Sims 4 game.
Believe it or not, those background processes really do mess up with your PC, so to prevent the disruptions, open the Task Manager by simultaneously clicking the CTRL+Shift+Esc buttons on your keyboard.
When the Task Manager is opened, the ‘Processes’ tab is where you can turn off unwanted applications – by ‘Right-clicking’ with your mouse on one of the processes and selecting the ‘End Task’ option.
Browsers are notorious for ‘eating’ out your PC’s performance, so make sure you don’t have one opened. Another issue that most people encounter is the temporary files, which are mostly the leftover trash files from deleted applications, which you can get rid of by going to the search tab using your ‘Windows Key’ and writing the ‘%temp%’ command in it and delete all files from that folder.
These files cause clutter on your PC, so make sure you clean out your folder regularly.
Of course, the internet router is another important culprit, especially regarding internet speed. If the members of your household use the internet during the download time of The Sims 4, you can expect slower performance and the longer time it takes.
If there is no one and you’re download speed is pretty slow, reset your internet router, which will “fix” the issue in most cases, or acquire a WiFi extender that increases the number of signals in your home.
Nevertheless, The Sims 4 will take some time to download because it’s a fairly big game, especially when we include expansion packs that are an important part of the game – and that’s not including other “smaller” add-ons and packs that EA Games regularly sells.