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Looking for a laptop with DVD that will play Sims 4

Oyeve

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So, I have a Niece that lives with my mother in Florida. She has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic but has good use with her left hand. She had an old clunky laptop that dropped and died and is looking for a new laptop that has a DVD drive that can play Sims 4. Nothing fancy but I cant seem to find a decent one that wont break the bank. Must be SSD as she goes thru HDs like no tomorrow. Any recommendations would be fully appreciated.
 

mnewsham

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Most laptops don't have disc drives, so I wouldn't recommend making that a requirement. An external USB DVD drive is $20-40. Just get a laptop that is fast enough to play Sims 4 and then an external DVD drive would be my suggestion.
 

UsandThem

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Your best bet would to buy whatever laptop fits the bills spec wise, and just rebuy Sims 4 digital version (if the disc version requires the disc to be inserted to be played).

That's the only game my wife plays on a occasion, and she bought it digitally and doesn't have to worry about the disc.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1222670/The_Sims_4

The base version is under $5, and the deluxe with an add-on is $17. With that game, it's the additional content that adds up (if she even wants that stuff).
 

VirtualLarry

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Your best bet would to buy whatever laptop fits the bills spec wise, and just rebuy Sims 4 digital version (if the disc version requires the disc to be inserted to be played).

That's the only game my wife plays on a occasion, and she bought it digitally and doesn't have to worry about the disc.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1222670/The_Sims_4

The base version is under $5, and the deluxe with an add-on is $17. With that game, it's the additional content that adds up (if she even wants that stuff).
That's the real answer, buy the digital and not the disc version.

However, I thought that it was possible, for Steam to pick up that you "own" the disc-based copy of several popular games, and give you the Steam / digital version.

Maybe that was just a fever dream? Anyone know more?
 

UsandThem

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I'd imagine the gamers in the PC gaming would know the answer to that. For me, I'm not sure since I don't really play games anymore outside of Civ 5 (which I bought digitally many years ago).
 

heymrdj

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If you have the box code, Origin will give you the digital version so that you don’t need the disc.

 

Oyeve

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Thanks for the replies guys, I thought about a USB drive but being that she is handicapped and will be using the system on her wheelchair's table there is not much room for a usb device. I will look into the box code option. Thanks!
 

Nobece

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When you say doesn't break the bank, how much we talking? :D

Your options would open up like others have said by using a digital download. ROM drives have annoyingly been phased out. :'(
 

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