@BM8BM I've moved your post to the Sims 4 Mac section.
Unfortunately, your Mac doesn't support Metal, which means it can't run the standard version of Sims 4, and you're stuck with the Legacy Edition. There's no way to upgrade the Mac to support Metal either. So you won't be able to use the Gallery or the other online features.
Hello, I have the Sims 4 but whenever I downloaded it, it forces me to play the legacy edition? Do i need it for my mac? I'm sad because i recently bought the discover university pack and a few other expansion packs. But I can't even go on the gallery, play the discover university, and it lags. Please help I would love to play the Sims 4 but I'm not sure if I need the legacy edition and how to get rid of it. My Mac is a 64-bit and here's the other details: macOs Sierra imac,Mid 2010
Version 10.12.6 Processor:3.06 GHz Intel Core i3
Memory: 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB
Hi, I'm trying to play Sims 4 (up to date as of today) but I'm getting the error that the Legacy Edition is required. No problem, I've already downloaded it months ago and it shows as "purchased" in my account. But when I click "show in library" it's not there. Any idea how to download it again? I'm not sure why it's required anyway, since my Mac OS meets the required specs. I'm running OS X El Capitan version 10.11.6, 8GB RAM, 52 GB free space. Any ideas are appreciated, thanks!
@RainbowCookiePop Yes, unfortunately you're stuck with the Legacy Edition. Your Mac is a little too old to support Metal, and there's no way to upgrade it to do so.
If you're planning on keeping this machine for a while longer, you may at least be able to upgrade the memory, which should help with the lag to some degree. This site suggests you could install up to 16 GB total, although even 8 GB would be an improvement.
RAM is cheap these days, and it's easy to install in a computer that allows for it. If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, you could have a computer store perform the upgrade instead. But be sure to double-check that your exact model Mac will take the RAM you want before you order it. And to be clear, this can help somewhat with lag, but it's not a miracle solution.
Since you just bought Discover University and your computer can't run it, you can request a refund from EA customer support. Even though Sims 4 packs are generally not eligible for refunds, support has been making exceptions in this case.
@aliciamsu I've moved your post to the Mac section. The Legacy Edition is treated as an add-on, not a separate game, and it's installed as a download in addition to the standard version of Sims 4 rather than a standalone game. Click on the Sims 4 icon in your Origin game library and select Extra Content. Among the packs should be the LE.
As for whether your Mac needs the LE or not, the operating system is only one part of the equation. Please post the full specs of your Mac, as described here:
Thank you for your help! I will be getting a gaming laptop soon. Will I be able to get my progress back on there? And will I be able to play the regular Sims 4?
@RainbowCookiePop Your saves will be transferrable to the new laptop, yes. You'd need to manually copy over the saves, so be sure to make backups when you're ready. Saves are located in Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves, and saves that have been played in the LE can run in the standard version of Sims 4, although it doesn't work the other way around.
And almost any new laptop you'd buy should run the standard version of Sims 4. There are a few low-end models, and a few ultraportable ones (like tablets but with a keyboard) that wouldn't support the standard edition, but a true gaming laptop should be fine. If you'd like advice on a new laptop, or just want a second opinion on its specs, feel free to post here, in the Mac section, or in the PC tech section of the Sims 4 forum.
@puzzlezaddict Oh duh, that's what I get for not scrolling to the bottom. Thank you! I see it there and am downloading it now. Hopefully all goes well. Here's my computer info for why I might need the LE:
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@aliciamsu Yes, you do in fact need the LE, because your computer's hardware doesn't support Metal. Running El Capitan or later is necessary but not sufficient. And there's unfortunately no way to upgrade your Mac to support Metal either.