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Sims-Like Life By You Will Require "A Good Gaming PC" To Run




The beauty of Sims 4 is that you can run that Game on a potato; a five-year-old laptop with integrated graphics is just fine. Not so with Life By You, the upcoming life simulation Game from Paradox. Life By You will require an actual gaming PC.

That's according to Paradox Tectonic studio head and former Sims designer Rod Humble. Speaking to Rock Paper Shotgun, Humble said that the goal is to make Life By You "a well-running, open triple-A high-end life simulator first and foremost," and the recommended specs on Steam "reflect that."

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"Once we get it running, we can look at whether there are ways we can optimize it to bring it down," Humble explained. "But out of the gate, I would strongly urge people to look at the min specs, take them seriously, and if you're going to play the Game, you're going to need a good gaming PC."

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Still, a good gaming PC by Humble's standards is still, well, pretty humble. A GeForce RTX 2060 or a Radeon RX 5700 XT isn't a big ask for most triple-A titles these days, and 16 GB of RAM and 25 GB of storage are both reasonable. The thing that might catch Sims fans by surprise is the CPU requirements, which recommend an Intel Core i5-10400F or an AMD Ryzen 5 5600. Still, Sims fans are likely going to need to look at a hardware upgrade if that's the only Game they play.

Elsewhere in the same interview, Humble shares more Life By You secrets. Simulated people, called "agents" in the Game, don't just disappear when they're off-screen. Their lives are being simulated just the same as yours and can live a real live-span of 75-plus years. And while you can still fast-forward time in Life By You, Humble found in testing that most people preferred to play closer to real-time than not.

You'll be able to give Life By You a try when it arrives on Steam Early Access on September 12. That gives you a few months to make sure your computer is up to snuff.

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