Now that we know that The Sims 5 is officially on its way, you’re probably wondering how to download the game once it’s available. While not all details have been confirmed yet, we can already share some interesting details!
On this page, we’ll answer questions like: How can you download The Sims 5? Where can you download the game? When is it available? And on what platforms will it be released? Continue reading to find out more about these things.
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How to download Sims 5 (a quick guide)
You’re probably here because you want to know how to download The Sims 5’s base game for PC or Mac.
Currently (2023), the fifth generation of The Sims isn’t available yet. Therefore, it’s not possible to download the game right now.
The good news is that we know that The Sims 5 is currently being developed, so it’s actually coming soon! As explained on the release page, the game will likely come out in 2024 or 2025.
So, how can you download the game when it’s finally available?
One thing is certain: The Sims 5 and future add-ons will be available via EA’s own platforms, including the EA app (which used to be called Origin) and EA Play, which is EA’s subscription service. The game may also appear on other third-party platforms, like Steam.
Besides these platforms, The Sims 5 and its expansions will probably also be available on Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and well-known CD key sites, including MMOGA, CDKeys, Instant Gaming, Gamivo, CJS CD Keys, SCDKEY, Allkeyshop, Eneba, G2A, HRKGame, and others.
There are a few things you should check before you start downloading games. First of all, you should make sure that your computer, console, or mobile device can run the game. Be sure to check the official system requirements (also called specs) to start with. These will be revealed before the game comes out. Besides that, you will also need a stable internet connection.
Instructions: How do I download Sims 5 via the EA app?
You can download the fifth generation of The Sims using the EA app (which was called Origin before) as soon as the game becomes available.
Now you’re probably wondering how the download process for PC (Windows) or Mac (MacOS) works. That’s why we’ve gathered all the information you need about this.
Below, you’ll find a quick step-by-step guide!
Please note that these steps could change over time. If that’s the case, we’ll update the information immediately. The steps in this guide are the same for all versions of The Sims 5’s base game and any expansion packs that come out in the future.
- First, visit the EA app site and download the EA app to your PC or Mac device.
- Install the EA app on your computer. When you’re ready, launch the app.
- Use your EA account to log in. Don’t you already have an EA account? You can register for free here.
- Now that you’re logged in, use the search bar at the top of the screen and search for “Sims 5”. The game should show up in the results. If you haven’t purchased the game already, you can buy it here or via other online stores or gaming platforms.
- Now that you’ve bought the game, visit your game library in the app and hit the “Download” button. The download process may take a little while. Once that’s completed, the installation process will begin.
- We’re almost done! Now you can click on the “Play” button. The game will start after that, and you’ll be ready to go. Enjoy the game!
Where can I download Sims 5?
Currently (2023), it’s not possible to download The Sims 5 just yet. The good news is that the game is officially on its way. Once it’s available, you’ll be able to download it on a number of different platforms. We’ll share some more details about this on this site soon.
There are rumors that The Sims 5 will be a free-to-play game with microtransactions. This hasn’t yet been officially confirmed, though!
So, where can you download the different editions of The Sims 5’s base game and future expansions for PC and Mac when they become available?
Download via the EA app and EA Play
One thing is for sure: it will definitely be possible to download the fifth generation of The Sims and future expansions via the EA app (formerly known as Origin). The EA app is the central hub for downloading EA games. Besides that, EA also offers a subscription service that requires a monthly payment, called EA Play. The Sims 5 may also become available via this platform.
Download via Steam
The Sims 5 and future add-ons may also be sold on third-party platforms like Steam, in addition to EA’s own platforms. In that case, you can purchase the game through Steam. However, Steam still needs the EA app for the game to be installed and played.
Other platforms: Amazon, CD key sites, and more
The Sims 5 will probably also be available via other third-party platforms like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and CD key sites. However, in order to install and play the game, you will still need to use the EA app.
The main advantage of buying games via third-party platforms is that they are often much cheaper than the EA app. It’s good to know that it’s not possible to download games through these platforms.
So, why would someone purchase games from third-party platforms, you may ask?
If you buy games via these platforms, they will send a unique serial code (activation key) to your email address. You can use this code in the EA app to unlock the game. Use the product redemption function for this. Once that’s done, you can download, install, and play the game.
CD key sites usually offer big discounts on games. Popular CD key sites are MMOGA, CDKeys, Instant Gaming, Gamivo, CJS CD Keys, SCDKEY, Allkeyshop, Eneba, G2A, HRKGame, and others. These platforms are all legitimate.
Even though it may be tempting, we strongly recommend staying away from Torrents, cracks, Zip files, and other malicious downloads. Be careful, because there are a lot of sites out there that offer fake game downloads right now. These files may contain malware that can harm your computer.
Purchase games only from reputable, authorized platforms like those listed above.
How to download Sims 5 for free?
Will The Sims 5 be available to download for free? Will it become a free-to-play game?
Some hints from June 2023 suggest that it will. Please take this information with a grain of salt, though; it hasn’t been officially confirmed.
According to a job posting, Maxis, the company in charge of creating The Sims 5, is seeking someone to work on a “free-to-enter” game. Project Rene is the game’s current working title, but The Sims 5 is most likely the final name.
What does Maxis mean by free-to-enter? While it hasn’t been confirmed, it appears that they are referring to a free-to-play game.
In other words, the base game itself may be offered for free, but to improve and expand the gameplay, in-game purchases (also known as microtransactions) can be made. Gamers can buy additional items, features, and other things using microtransactions.
If The Sims 5 is made available for free, you can download it through the EA app (also known as Origin). We’ll share detailed instructions as soon as the game is officially available.
Other packs, like expansion packs, will probably cost money. We will be sharing more pricing details on this site soon. We’ll also let you know about sales and discounts, so you’ll never pay too much.
When can I download Sims 5? Is it available yet?
The Sims 5 is currently (2023) not yet available. The good news is that the game is being developed, which means it will be out soon. But when exactly?
The Sims 5’s Game Director, Grant Rodiek, said in January 2023 that the game is “Years out”, which means that it won’t come out in 2023. Based on our analysis, which you can read on the release page, a release in 2024 or 2025 seems most likely.
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Can I download Sims 5 on a PC or Mac?
What platforms will The Sims’ fifth generation be available on?
Even though not much has been revealed about this, we do know for sure that the game will be coming to PC (Windows) and mobile. This was confirmed by Rodiek during the Behind The Sims Summit of January 2023. That means that after the game comes out, you can download it on these platforms.
Even though we don’t have any official information about a Mac or console version, it’s likely that the game will also be available on these platforms. This would include game consoles like the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
The game will probably run on mobile platforms like Android and iPhone (iOS) as well.