It was about this time last year that I pretty much abandoned doing 720p gaming benchmarks. After looking into the data for the resolutions used by PC gamers in 2017, it appeared 1280 x 720 was used by a fairly miniscule portion of the PC gaming community. A year later that trend has continued. Just 0.41% of gamers on Steam are running at 720p, and 1080p is absolutely the de facto standard.
Which is strange, because to look at the gaming and hardware news around the world, you’d think we were in the age of 4K. AMD and Nvidia are falling over themselves to try to bring the ultimate single-GPU 4K solutions to the market, but the truth really does appear to be that most gamers just don’t care about 4K when taking into consideration the additional cost involved.
As of the last Steam Hardware Survey, just 1.22% of PC gamers are running games on a 4K resolution display, or 3840 x 2160 pixels. That’s roughly one in every 82 PC gamers that are using Steam. Not many, right? There is a gradual uptick though, and we’re beginning to wonder just when 4K will reach critical mass. 1440p never managed it, but that was to be accepted from what is seen as a non-standard resolution.
For the majority though, 1080p still reigns supreme. A total of 16 resolutions are displayed in the Steam user stats, and 60.49% of users are still playing at 1080p, myself included. The second largest chunk is 14.53% at 1366 x 768, a resolution typically used by laptop users. That makes roughly 75% of the Steam user base are using the bog-standard monitor and laptop resolutions.
But that’s Steam though, and the results are going to be skewed heavily by specific countries and by the types of people that have Steam installed but may not typically identify as a PC gamer.
So we were wondering what situation here is on GD. Are you part of the 1080p masses or have you made the jump to a higher resolution yet?