To facilitate smooth installing of Discover University, a new TheSims 4 update patch is now available and adds new items, an improved UI, draggable columns and bugs fixes.
It’s always a special time whenever a new Sims 4 Expansion Pack is on the way and this week is no exception.
Coming this Friday, The Sims 4: Discover University promises a long-awaited feature for the hugely popular game series in the form of higher education.
Getting Sims an education is always an anticipated feature whenever a new The Sims installment is released and was first introduced with The Sims 2: University back in 2005.
The latest expansion for The Sims 4, Discover University promises to be just as fun with young adult life stage Sims being able to get out of the family home and onto campus in order to study for their degree.
As great as getting an education may be for your Sims, there are plenty of other excellent features coming with this game. These include:
- Campus living
- Extra activities
- New careers
- Secret society
As you might expect, Sims can live in dorms on campus while attending university.
This allows Sims to keep up their social needs as dorms offer plenty of things to do including group study, juice pong, keg parties and campus events such as soccer matches.
There are also multiple extra-curricular activities that your Sims can participate in while at university and these include debating and art classes.
Naturally, some of the degrees that can be earned at University tie into the new careers that come with the pack and these are Law, Education and Engineering which have all been confirmed as “Rabbit Hole” careers.
If your Sims pay attention and are of the right caliber, then they may be paid a visit by certain shadowy and mythical Sims who are spoken about in hushed tones around campus that may or may not belong to a secret society.
Of course, one of the most exciting features of this latest expansion is the inclusion of robots. Servo is back and available for creation as well as smaller domestic robots, bio-mechanical integration and “Exomech” suits that enable Sims to hover.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for this expansion as there are many more features to come when the game is released on 15th November 2019.
Latest Free Patch Update
In preparation for the expansion, Maxis has released the usual patch so that your Sims game is ready to receive the latest EP. Even if you don’t plan on buying the expansion you can still download the patch which will add new features to your game.
Since October last year, Maxis has been releasing excellent patches for The Sims 4, some of which are just bug fixes however some have been rather large and added new items, features and utilities into the base game.
The latest patch for Discover University is no exception and comes with a lot of new gameplay features, some clothing, new items and a ton of long-awaited bug fixes.
NOTE: Your Sims 4 game should update automatically, however if this is not the case then open up EA Origin, right-click The Sims 4 and select “Update” from the menu.
This will update your game to update version 188.8.131.520 for Windows PC and version 184.108.40.2060 for Mac OS.
While not as large as some previous updates, the latest update adds some very useful and highly anticipated features.
- Multi-Story Columns
- UI Scaling
- Main Menu Messaging
- New Clothing
Multi-Story Columns are an item that has been asked for since the Sims 4 release date back in 2014 and why they weren’t originally included is a mystery.
Although they aren’t technically multi-story columns, the game has added the “drag” feature to certain columns in the game.
Similar to how you would drag the height of a roofing section, just drag the column upwards to the desired height but note that this is not available for all columns.
Finally, UI scaling has been implemented into The Sims 4. At last 4K gamers can play the game without having to squint at the game’s tiny interface when running in 2160.
UI scaling can be set in the game’s options menu.
Main Menu Messaging
Not content with flooding our screens with the latest packs, it seems that Maxis wants us to know all official Sims news via our Sims 4 Main Menu.
This will reportedly include latest news, “free content”, latest updates and blog posts.
The free Holiday Celebration Pack has been updated to include some new festive clothing for Sims and now has clothing for toddlers and children.
The hip-hop radio station from The Sims 4: Get Famous has been made available as a base game station and also includes some new music, however, omits some Get Famous specific tracks.
As you would expect, a lot of bug fixes have been implemented in this update and include long-standing bugs such as “Give Food” fixed, coffee and tea spoiled effect has been removed and grilled food will now be placed on a surface.
For the full patch notes please see The Sims 4 Official Web Site: https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/news/patch-15863
In other news related to The Sims 4: Discover University, it has been noted that the new expansion will require a 64-bit operating system in order to play the game.
That means if you still have a 32-bit OS, then you cannot play Discover University at all.
While it is possible to run a 64-bit OS using a 32-bit CPU, it is not recommended as there may be instability issues and the number of resources available to the operating system will be limited such as 3.5GB of RAM on a 32-bit Windows OS.
You cannot, however, install a 64-bit OS with a 32-bit CPU, so if you have an older 32-bit CPU then you will need to upgrade your PC.
The information comes directly from the game’s official technical specs:
OS: 64 Bit Required. Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
RAM: At least 4 GB RAM
While this may be a little disheartening, it should be noted that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free: https://www.howtogeek.com/272201/all-the-ways-you-can-still-get-windows-10-for-free/
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Please follow all advice carefully and make sure you get your free update which includes some great features and plenty of bug fixes.
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