I was browsing when I had a moment of existential crisis. I saw just 0.71% of Steam users were gaming at 720p resolution. What the heck have I been doing these 720p benchmarks for all these years? It turns out folks have abandoned 1280 x 720 in droves. In fact, the number of people using 720p monitors has halved in the last month alone. They are a dying breed. RIP in peace, sweet princes.

All that immediately begged the question - where are they going? For all the talk of a 4K resolution, it’s not there that’s for sure. Just 0.69% of Steam users are gaming at 3840 x 2160, which is actually less than the number of 720p users.

No, what intrigued me is that more people than ever are playing at 1080p. In the last month alone 4.13% of Steam users have jumped ship to 1080p. That’s six times the total of number of people using 4K monitors. While all we hear about is 4K this, 4K that, the reality is that nearly half of all PC gamers are happy with 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The second largest chunk are laptop users rocking 1366 x 768 displays. That’s 24.09% of all Steam users, and 768p + 1080p users combined equals 67.32% That’s more than two thirds of PC gamers using just two resolutions.

1024 x 768 1.57%
1280 x 720 0.71%
1280 x 768 0.33%
1280 x 800 1.50%
1280 x 1024 3.86%
1360 x 768 3.01%
1366 x 768 24.09%
1440 x 900 4.72%
1536 x 864 1.16%
1600 x 900 6.18%
1680 x 1050 3.52%
1920 x 1080 43.23%
1920 x 1200 1.11%
2560 x 1080 0.51%
2560 x 1440 1.81%
3440 x 1440 0.22%
3840 x 2160 0.69%
Other 1.80%

That’s Steam though, so I was wondering whether things are any different here on GD; whether GD’ers prioritise resolution above your average Steam user.

With 1080p being easy winner in a popularity contest, do you think most gamers are satisfied with the image quality 1080p offers? With all this talk about 4K, when do you believe it’s actually going to experience widespread adoption?

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