Up For Debate - What Resolution Are You Gaming With on PC in 2018?

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 1:55 PM

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?

What Resolution Are You Gaming With on PC in 2018?

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I don't know why the high resolution trend jumped from 1080p directly to 4K, leaving 1440p behind, which is a very good resolution to play. The first gen. of "4K ready" GPUs weren't quite ready for comfy 4K gaming, however perfect for 1440p

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Asking the real questions here :D

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17:16 Jul-16-2018

kar har maidan fateh........

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07:38 Jul-17-2018

how do I ban you?

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08:54 Jul-18-2018

really sorry dude. i was just messin around

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12:53 Jul-12-2018

4k for me all the way on my LG OLED C6 2016 65" TV for most RPGs, and on my 27" AGON 4k Gsync monitor for FPS. 1080 ti is not quite there yet in terms of 4k performance with max settings, but it does largely deliver. I am hoping with the new 11XX line comes out, prices on 1080ti start dropping below $500 for SLI.

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10:16 Jul-12-2018

I run an unusual triple display Eyefinity setup at 4480 x 1080. One 16:9 display in the centre and 4:3 displays on either side. 60Hz, but I don't really care. I love it.

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03:27 Jul-12-2018

After almost 10 years i upgraded from 1080 60Hz to 1440p 144Hz a few months back.

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01:52 Jul-13-2018

To which monitor did you upgrade ?

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20:13 Jul-11-2018

Love the PPI on my 4k monitor. Will never go back to a lower resolution monitor.

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18:38 Jul-11-2018

only 4 of us lucky people playing in 1920x1200 here on gd :*

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22:12 Jul-11-2018

what monitor is 1920 x 1200 i never seen one actually so im just asking

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22:21 Jul-11-2018

it was the full HD resolution before 16:9 became popular, it's essentially the first full HD standard in 16:10.
Just search for 16:10 monitors. I used to have a 23.6 inch 16:10 75Hz 1680x1050 LG.
Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a great example of a modern 16:10 monitor at 1900x1200
AOC i2460Pxqu is also another great example.

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12:57 Jul-12-2018

ahhh i see thanks for the clarification

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18:35 Jul-12-2018

one thing common about them is that HDMI is rare on 16:10 panels, while Display Port is more common, IDK why.

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18:37 Jul-11-2018

1080 all the way!

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18:15 Jul-11-2018

4k projectors are around $10,000. Waiting for the price to drop before I upgrade from 100" 1080p.

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17:53 Jul-11-2018

3 years ago i changed from my old monitor viewsonic with a res of 1280x1024 and 75 Hz and it felt weird changing from 75Hz to just 60 Hz of my HP 2311x 1080p monitor. Strange how old montors had a higher refresh rate...

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08:34 Jul-12-2018

I went from 75hz 1680x1050 to 60hz 2560x1080 haven't noticed the difference between 75hz and 60hz

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09:53 Jul-13-2018

I have a 75Hz monitor and i tested the difference between 75 & 60 several times - I noticed nearly every time, especially in driving games!

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20:02 Jul-16-2018

yeah, when you are switching between them... -_-
Our eyes are good noticing constant change... for example, even if you game at average 120fps if it moves none-stop between 90fps and 150fps none-stop you'd perceive that change and will look like micro-stutters, even though the FPS is super high.

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16:34 Jul-11-2018

1080p 75Hz

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14:18 Jul-11-2018

Was not expecting such low numbers for 1440p and especially 4K, and more ultra-wide fans than I would've guessed. 1080p still has a massive majority.

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11:39 Jul-11-2018

Accidentally clicked on 1280x1024 while scrolling on phone ._. I have a 3440x1440 monitor, but I rarely play on that resolution since it's so demanding. Currently waiting for something to happen to GPU prices.

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17:54 Jul-11-2018

wow i though that res was custom xD.

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10:07 Jul-11-2018

1080p 144hz, don't get why you would need something higher than that. I rather have smooth FPS in HD

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06:57 Jul-11-2018

I'm honestly surprised people play more on 2K resolution than 1366x768, you get that resolution on almost every cheap or old laptop or monitor.

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06:31 Jul-11-2018

Getting a new monitor is the last thing I'll probably ever do. For now I'm fine with 1080p. After a hardware refresh, I might consider it.

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17:55 Jul-11-2018

Same, 1440p is just not that smooth in newer titles.

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06:06 Jul-11-2018

1080p

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04:40 Jul-11-2018

I've gotten to play 4k a couple of times, and I really prefer ultrawide instead. There's a limit to graphical quality, but being able to see more onscreen is always nice. Also no, I don't play games at this res, I only game on 1. I just managed to get 3 monitors from work.

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03:04 Jul-11-2018

guess i'm with the rest of GD !
im FINALLY going back to a proper desk setup, I'm getting a new Monitor but waiting for a sale :P

ASUS VG278Q 27" 1080p 144hz !!! can't wait

a chair too ! mmmmm

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02:07 Jul-11-2018

oh man when will I ascend to the bog standard 1080p.

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17:56 Jul-11-2018

I recommend getting first a whole PC upgrade :)

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01:51 Jul-11-2018

I'm on 1080p 60Hz now but hoping to go on 1440p 120Hz/144Hz by 2020...

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