Up For Debate - What Resolution Are You Gaming With on PC in 2017?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Mar 19, 2017 4:00 PM

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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19:41 Mar-24-2017

5760x1080

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19:18 Mar-23-2017

I'm gaming at 3440x1440 and I never plan on going back.

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20:37 Mar-23-2017

Bring me to your world! D:

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16:40 Mar-23-2017

4K won't be widespread till around 2022 is my guess..that gives it 5 more years to lower in price and 5 more years before cable channels are 4K compatible! It actually took 10 years total for 1080P I think? Now, by 2022 we should be on our way to MARS lol

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13:30 Mar-22-2017

i play games on 1280x720


so i can run many games

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08:01 Mar-21-2017

I'm proudly part of the 0.51% of the people with a 1080P ultrawide, though I may upgrade to a 1440P ultrawide or just another 1080P ultrawide if I can get one with HDR, one particular leak I read about Vega 11 is insanely promising

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02:17 Mar-21-2017

3840 x 1024 ;)

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11:50 Mar-21-2017

heh I used to play at that res for a while too, see :D

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21:13 Mar-21-2017

Which reminds me Tzzsmk, how is underground 3 going? :)

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21:45 Mar-21-2017

Nice Tzzsmk. what kind of monitors do you recommend? I still like the 3 monitor setup but I want like at least a 4k monitors or even 2k but still the square shape.

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08:07 Mar-22-2017

not possible, highest "square" you can go is 1600x1200 and those are rare nowadays

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12:02 Mar-22-2017

ok thanks :)

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12:43 Mar-22-2017

but for ex. me, I went for 2560x1440 as I needed color consistency and hated fatty bezels,
if you want cinematic widescreen, then check 3840x1440 21:9 screens ;)

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15:24 Mar-22-2017

I am dying for a triple screen setup. Just trying to figure out how to do this with out spending $1500 on LCD Screens.

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02:58 Mar-23-2017

lol 3840x1440 if i get a really high paying job then maybe. The monitor you have now looks really good though.

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01:53 Mar-21-2017

1440p 144hz ftw though i have only 970, but I'm waiting for Gigabyte 1080ti :)

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23:19 Mar-20-2017

1920x1080p

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22:39 Mar-20-2017

I would honestly say as a gamer you will notice more of a difference using 144Hz then anything. You turn V-sync on and there is never tearing or stuttering. It is something you can actually see and not just see in screenshots! It is like a cheaper version of G-sync.Every game I play I have V-sinc ON and never any issues. If you can not afford a true G-sync monitor, then this way is the best way to go hands down! Have a look:


I picked up an ACER 24 inch 144Hz 1ms LED for $249.00 CAD (On sale) on Newegg and it was the best upgrade I have done since I can remember!


https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7RD2WX0785&cm_re=acer_monitor_144-_-24-009-642-_-Product

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22:39 Mar-20-2017

1680x1050

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21:04 Mar-20-2017

Got the first gen ROG SWIFT monitor. Been using it since Feb. 2014. 1440P and 144hz with G-synch. I LOVE IT!


It have been used with a 980, 980x2, 980x3, 980Ti, 980Tix2, 1080 and now (tomorrow) 1080Ti. Should be plenty GPU power for that monitor.

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22:47 Mar-20-2017

I had my eye on that 1 but could not afford it lol so I settled for ACER instead...my wife was like "no way in hell you spending $500+ on a monitor" lol

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07:04 Mar-21-2017

I got it used, for 60% of the price. Or else I would not have bought it. xD

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13:18 Mar-21-2017

now sell it to me for 50% of the price you paid for it :P

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13:26 Mar-21-2017

New price was around 900 USD at that time, I payed 470 USD incl shipping (20 USD). Was a good purchase.

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17:43 Mar-21-2017

At least you have people that understand that the value of hardware drops...
In my country people are trying to sell core 2 duos for 80-100 euro or gtx 460s for 150 euro and similar others, arguing that it's half the price they paid when they got it, so in their minds it's a good deal... -_-
There are some good ones, but they are super rare... and I do NOT trust my country's people to buy second hand. :D

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17:58 Mar-21-2017

He gave me a buddyprice since I was so young at that time (14).


But yeah. Second-hand is no issues in Norway. 5 years warranty by law. Just ask for a proof of purchase and you're set. :-D

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18:20 Mar-21-2017

Warranty?... that works in Norway?... unless something comes broken, here warranty is useless... And proof of purchase? I've had a concept like that in my head, thinking that nobody would ever do it, but I guess I was wrong...

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13:06 Mar-22-2017

Warranty works like a charm!


Got a full refund pm a 980 that died a couple of weelks ago.


Full refund on a 2 year old card. :-D

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20:48 Mar-22-2017

O_O
Norway is awesome.

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17:08 Mar-23-2017

They do that everywhere if you still had warranty on a card that died on you Psychoman

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19:17 Mar-20-2017

For those who want the graph without the GD logo's shattered all over the place:
https://s9.postimg.org/og4t3m967/survey2.png

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19:10 Mar-20-2017

Im playing on 1440p with 60Hz

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18:23 Mar-20-2017

1080p at the moment. just upgraded to a 1070 and I would like a 1440p 144hz monitor but those are just too expensive and I would also need another 1070.
The life of a PC owner is hard..

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18:51 Mar-20-2017

"hard" eh?

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19:49 Mar-20-2017

At least we have choices, unlike console gamers xD

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18:09 Mar-20-2017

24" 1080p Acer LCD 60hz Monitor.


Looking for a good monitor with a higher refresh than 60hz though.

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17:54 Mar-20-2017

24 inch 1080P 144Hz 1ms.

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16:57 Mar-20-2017

Ultrawide FTW. I'm currently at 2560x1080, hopefully I switch to 3440x1440 soon

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17:52 Mar-20-2017

I seriously want ultra wide 1440p 144hz but I'm hoping hdr comes to it as well cause I have no plans of getting a 4k monitor ever.

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18:18 Mar-20-2017

Theyre so damn expensive :(

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21:50 Mar-20-2017

right? D:

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16:54 Mar-20-2017

1080p 144hz

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16:53 Mar-20-2017

playing at 1080p but going 4k pretty soon when I buy another 1080

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19:50 Mar-20-2017

You can do 1440p-1600p using DSR. Make use of that GPU!

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16:28 Mar-20-2017

Im using 1400*900

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20:32 Mar-20-2017

Brothers in Resolution ;D

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| 60FPS, High, 1440p
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| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
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| High,
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100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
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50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
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66.6667% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
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100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
66.6667% Yes [6 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
28.5714% Yes [7 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]