How to Keep The Sims 4 Running Smoothly
If you played The Sims 3, you probably recall the horrendous lag, glitches and unplayable towns. One of the strongest points in favor of The Sims 4 is how smooth the game runs, even on older computers. However, that doesn't mean you won't run into problems. If your game is acting slowly, try a few of these ideas.
Custom Content Test
Although I haven't seen widespread evidence of a massive folder of custom content causing problems, it's worth testing for yourself. Simply copy and paste your mods folder (located in My Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 4) into another location and then delete the folder. Load up your game and see if there is any improvment. If it runs better, you may have a mod or custom content file that is causing a problem or your computer is having trouble processing all of your files. You can use the 50/50 method
to locate the bad files.
Mods that are out of date may conflict with your game and cause problems. Generally, these problems would probably result in crashing or the game being unable to start at all, but conflicting mods could also lead to your Sims having other problems, including ignoring you when you tell them to do something. Most mod creators update their mods within days after a new patch, but if a mod hasn't been updated in awhile, you may need to simply delete it.
In the options screen of the game, there are many different settings you can adjust to improve your game's speed. Adjusting the options will result in lower quality graphics, but you should see some significant improvment in how well the game runs. Hovering over each object gives you an indication of what the setting actually does and how changing it will affect your game. Start with some of the more minor settings, including reflections. Turning this off will eliminate reflections in mirrors, but it's a minor detail that may impact your game. Turning down the view distance won't make a big difference in how you enjoy the game, but it may help your game run better. Play around with the settings to see what you can come up with.
Clean Out Your Sims' Inventories
If your Sims collect things, their inventory is probably packed full of stuff. The game constantly monitors the inventories so that you can instantly access it. Cleaning these out regularly can help with loading times and overall lag. There are two chests you can use to store items: The Ornate Beauty and Buyer Beware (found Decorations>Misc). You can use your fridge to store produce from plants, and you can decorate houses with collectibles to get them out of your inventory. Don't forget to get rid of your spoiled fish!
Use Smaller Lots with Fewer Decorations
If your computer has fewer things to process while you play, you may decrease your game's lag. Playing on smaller lots that aren't heavily decorated with plants and water features can help. If you need a big house, try splitting it into several levels instead of just one main level.
Give Your Computer a Checkup
Checking your computer for issues can help The Sims 4 and other programs run more smoothly. Start by running your antivirus program to make sure you don't have any viruses causing problems. Make sure that your graphics card drivers are up to date. When you're playing the game, make note of which programs are running alongside the game. If you've got your browser and ten other programs running, it can impact the game's performance. Before you load up the game the next time, turn off everything but the most essential programs.
Repair Your Game
Repairing your game can take care of a lot of issues. It's the first thing I do after every single patch. It's also very easy to do. After opening Origin, right click on The Sims 4 and select Repair Game. Depending on how many packs and expansions you have, it may take a few minutes to complete. You won't lose any settings or saves during this process.