Only 34% Of Steam Users Run Their Games At 1080p


A year ago there was an article about how only a third of Steam users ran their games at 1080p. Very small percentages of the Steam userbase had the capabilities to run multi-monitor setups or 2K, 4K or 8K setups. A year later, the percentages made some significant moves in various categories.

The July, 2015 hardware survey was released by Valve and it indicates some interesting trends when compared to the hardware survey of last year. In that article there was a lot of butthurt over the fact that not everyone gaming on PC had the capabilities to run their games at 1920 x 1080p… something that Sony has been pushing hard for in their marketing of the $400 home console. In fact, 100% of PS4 owners will be able to play any advertised game that’s been confirmed to run natively at 1080p, where-as PC gamers only with the necessary hardware will be able to match that feat. In result, we find out just how many that actually is.

According to the hardware survey, only 34.72% of PC gamers run their primary display at 1080p, as indicated in the image below.

Last year around this time that number was at 32.89%. That’s a 1.83% year-over-year increase in the 1080p adoption rate.

The next highest in the 2014 survey was the laptop resolution of 1366 x 768 with 25.60% of the share.

This year, the 1366 x 768 resolution is still second place with 26.61% of the share. It means more people have registered for Steam who use a laptop.

That last figure isn’t too surprising given that a lot of popular games like Trove or Unturned can be played on fairly low-end machines and make it very accessible for kids or young people who don’t have or can’t afford a high-end machine.

What’s interesting is that a year ago 1600 x 900 – also referred to as 900p when applied to a progressive scan monitor or television – has actually dropped this year compared to last year. Last year it was 7.83% while this year it was only 7.41%. So there was a 0.42% drop in using the 900p primary resolution. The fact that more people have adopted 1080p shows that maybe people are slowly migrating away from the non full-HD resolutions and upgrading to a higher resolution.

Also worth noting is that 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 has gone up by 0.07%. This is up over the 2014 survey results of only 0.02%. That’s a significant leap for that particular resolution given how expensive monitors are to hit 4K and how expensive it is to have SLI or Crossfire GPUs that can handle running games and media at that resolution. Again, there’s a slow migration toward the higher resolutions.

You can also see how 2K resolutions like 2560 x 1440 have steadily gone up compared to last year. This year’s numbers sit at 1.19% where-as last year was at 0.94%.

Most of the high-end HD resolutions show small yet notable changes whereas the lower resolutions – even the popular ones – show a steady decline.

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It’s very interesting seeing the numbers, especially when you consider that 44.54% of Steam users are now all rocking quad-core CPUs while 48.03% still dominate with dual-core CPUs. Nearly half of all Steam users are up to quads, while nearly 0.30% have gone higher and settled with octo-core units. Strangely there’s a 2.88% group rocking tri-cores. So.. power to the tri-force!

According to Steam there’s a 0.18% adoption rate over the last year toward quad-core CPU setups. There’s also a lopsided amount of people using Intel CPUs over AMD… 75.3% to be exact.

You can check out the archived version of the Steam hardware survey right here or you can see the latest version of the hardware survey right here.

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  • Trim Dose

    lol wuahahaha

    • durka durka

      I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

      The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

      Most streamers stream lol minecraft, wow or console games.

  • Amir

    odd part is steam never asked me for any survey in the past ~4years but 34% is still a good number, which means maybe more than 40m users.

    • Stoneysilence

      I think they generally ask you if you want to participate in the survey’s when you first signed up. Then Steam just uploads the data every month automatically.

    • durka durka

      I said it before and ill say it again, his is comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

      The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

      Most streamers stream lol minecraft, wow or console games.

  • xboxmaster

    eat that pc mustard race, gabe save them from 768p lmaooooooo

    • …well you have to admit, 768 with AA is still better than 720p

      https://i.imgur.com/YnKU6y5.jpg

      • durka durka

        I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

        The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

        Most streamers stream lol minecraft, wow or console games

      • Bro, no reason to get butthurt. It’s just saying that people who buy PCs aren’t all in the upper echelon of being capable of running their games at 1080p.

        Of course there’s going to be more people using Steam since you don’t have to get rid of it to keep using it when you upgrade or when Valve upgrades (opposite of Windows or consoles).

      • durka durka

        For someone who digs in GG for information you are one biased motherfucker, just like the last time you posted the retarded article in Cinemablend claming that SUPRISE SUPRISE:

        ALL pcs that are used in gaming on steam ARE NOT capable of 1080p COMPARED to a fringe minority of existing at the time next gen consoles that arent either.

        NO FUCKING SHIT

        If you want to make this fair then compare all pcs with all consoles, the consoles that can do 1080p are like 4% of all existing consoles. But beside that you didnt even bother mentioning how many millions are those percenteges.

        Biased journalism AIMED to cause this, so dont you fucking tell me that i am “butthurt” when you publish bullshit.

        Adblock enabled.

      • For someone who digs in GG for information you are one biased motherfucker,

        Thank you, thank you… I try.

        ALL pcs that are used in gaming on steam ARE NOT capable of 1080p
        COMPARED to a fringe minority of existing at the time next gen consoles
        that arent either.

        NO FUCKING SHIT

        https://images.summitpost.org/original/922943.jpg

        Biased journalism AIMED to cause this, so dont you fucking tell me that i am “butthurt” when you publish bullshit.

        https://i.imgur.com/69eKiwZ.jpg

      • durka durka

        what butthurt? You posting nonsense if you did proper ressearch you would find more people play on pcs capable of 1080p than all the next gen consoles combined. Now if you wanna cause “butthurt” by posting lies then you gonna find yourself in yet another GG situation, why are you such a clown?

      • what butthurt?

        Yours.

        You posting nonsense if you did proper ressearch you would find more people play on pcs capable of 1080p than all the next gen consoles
        combined

        You got verifiable numbers to back that up? While Valve may have stated that they have more than a hundred million active registered accounts, how many of those are dupes and how many are throwaway accounts? If there’s a rough ballpark for the unique means then we can start to whittle down the percentage of actual 1080p users in comparison to the amount of registered active users. Until then it’s just ballpark estimates.

        Now if you wanna cause “butthurt” by posting lies then you gonna find yourself in yet another GG situation

        Are you gonna rat me out, bro? The only thing worse than a rat is a butthurt rat.

        why are you such a clown?

        Because clowns cause laughter… and butthurt.

        https://i.imgur.com/08xW8wv.png

    • durka durka

      I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

      The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

      Most streamers stream lol minecraft, wow or console games.

  • Kamille

    for the record, 768 is not just a laptop resolution, all the 720p HDTV’s are actually 1366×768 too but you can only access that res with a PC for some strange reason.

  • Razor

    Kind of glossing over the fact that not every TV is 1080p and some PS4 games aren’t even capable of 1080p either.

    • Jecht_Sin

      Most of them still accept 1080p signals via HDMI. If the downscaler is good sending a 1080p signal to a 720p (768p actually) television one gets an extra layer of Supersampling AA. The PS4 has only few games at 900p. And 900p > 768p.

      The point is that the mustard race is a myth. Most PC players on Steam have crappy laptops.

      • Jason Mounce

        Mustard Race people are an extreme minority of loud-mouthed ego-strokers that want to believe themselves to be special snowflakes because they wasted their money on buying a omgwtfbbq computer.

        Here I am, fine with my computer that I feel is High-End, but every ‘hardcore PC elitist’ are now calling it Medium-end.

      • DLConspiracy//

        Not defending idiots who rag on people, but i”m pretty sure it’s not a waste of money.

      • durka durka

        High end is a waste of money since games are not designed to utilize that hardware, you pay significantly more for slightly higher and unstable perfomance and a few bloated effects that barely lool any different.

        STILL, a medium range pc easilly surpasses consoles, you dont really need high end.

      • Jason Mounce

        That honestly is, basically all that I said in my prior post. Which is why I say its a waste of money and it’s not me trolling, just speaking the truth when it comes to handling money. I’d rather buy a ‘Medium’-ware or Medium-high computer that can play everything now and likely 3-4 years-later on High and save money throughout the years than be worrying about playing ‘everything’ maxed at 1440p or 4k for 5 years+ and toss money for extra useless trinkets.

        The rest is just me being okay with 1080p since my monitor can’t exactly increase its native resolution and the Asus VG248QE is a damn fine monitor on its own, even if its limiting factor in 2-3 years will be ‘B-b-but its not 1440p or 4k!’ Downscaling exists that befit users like me without sacrificing anything.

      • durka durka

        “without sacrificing anything.”

        i disagree on that, but it is all relative ultra is not that different to high very high, but still the difference is higher than xbone vs ps4. So when you console gamers compare the tiny visual differences between the 2 trashboxes the pc version is vastly superior by comparison.

        But every time it goes like this “HUR DUR LOOK HOW MUCH BETTER PS4 LOOKS THAN XBONE” and when pc is in the comparison “LOOKS IDENTICAL TO PS4”

        Bias much?

      • DarthDiggler

        @daka54:disqus

        It’s not bias it’s having a set of eyes and understanding if you have $400 and want to game at home the PS4 is your best option.

        Sure the 4K graphics blow it out of the water, but as have see from this article those bleeding edge users are in such a minority they really don’t factor into the discussion. They are a rounding error.

        Could you be any less informed and any more biased?

      • durka durka

        Blah blah blah blah, nope nothing here, you are sacrificing graphics, Now shut up little sony cum gobbler, it is blatantly obvious that YOU are the one who is missinformed and biased, i blame all the sony cum sucking.

      • Jason Mounce

        Just because your conclusion-hopping is leading you to a misconstrued opinion of me doesn’t exactly make it accurate. I can’t take offense by every little fib you make up of me. I barely even understand what it is you’re saying, your rambling a lot more than usual and making a mess of your words and sentence structure.

      • durka durka

        nothing but rambling.

      • DarthDiggler

        @daka54:disqus

        Yeah but this article is saying there are tons of PCs on Steam doing 1080p and lower on a single display. Likely the higher end folks are in the multiple display.

        For me its not just about horsepower which is why I got a PS4, not because I can’t afford a PC, I bought myself a nice laptop I can certain afford a mid to high end system.

        With PS4 I have to worry about few cheaters online, or the guy with 6 displays that can see me every time I get anywhere within 180 degree field of view. I have yet to see Aim Bots in console multiplayer. Sure a few peeps are using the KB & Mouse stuff with PS4, but by and large most of my online opponents are using a controller. The whole situation is better balanced on consoles.

      • durka durka

        That is not an argument 180 field of vision is massive you idiot, you wont be able to spot anything from that range it is fish eye.

        Talk about being clueless.

      • Jason Mounce

        It’s a waste if you got more power under your hood than you can actually use. Unless it’s a Workstation for some means, there’s no game out there that really makes such beastly rigs that can be $3000+ USD to sweat.

        I call that a waste of money, because by the time games come out that make use of the sheer, raw power of the specs on the hardware they bought? There’ll be new features, smaller chipsets and capabilities that push the new hardware to being able to be more efficient and do more capable things which is just me trying to say ‘Those who buy the new harder 2 years ago are usually being ripped off’ – like, people who buy Nvidia Titan X Ultra Alpha Ultimate Edition 3 years ago, Nvidia will release a similar, but 33% stronger card that’s slightly cheaper a bit later.

        I just am simplistically calling ‘those people’ who can’t invest or financially handle their money under the guise of ‘Buyers Remorse’ as the reasoning for their salty, obnoxious attitude problem :L There’s other variables am sure. But the only game that’s gonna really stress an omgwtfbbq computer is Star Citizen, everything else, what? Games like Dota at 4k? Woopee.

      • DLConspiracy//

        While I understand that most people think you need a $3000 computer to compete with consoles but that is absolutely not true. I actually did a price breakdown of my computer which I have beefed up for sound engineerin, music production and video production. Aside from a few unecessary bells and whistles it’s ultimately a 1000 bucks now. That’s way more power than a console. Ialso spent a ton extra on other stuff you don’t need to game. But like you said most people don’t use a computer as ONLY a gaming machine. I refuse to be lumped into the same category as the very few idiots who ruin pc gaming for others. Nor do I care to support them but the truth is PC gaming is always going to be stronger and in a lot of ways a cheaper and versatile solution. At least for what you can use them for. It doesn’t have everything like game exclusives. That’s why I bought both next gen competing consoles.

        Trust me I don’t like PC elitists attitudes any more than I like Sony Only fanboys who act the exact same way towards xbox fans. They both (the vocal minority) act the same way to other gamers. That’s the truth. Plus, usher writes these articles all the time to make the puppets dance and to rustle some jimmies. Even though he is also a PC gamer and a console gamer. I know me and you have talked before. You lean PS and I don’t recall you to be unreasonable but I have seen you throw a few cracks at other gamers who don’t happen to game on your preferred place. To me that’s no different than the PC Master race attitude. No offense of course. Just laying it out.

      • Jason Mounce

        I wasn’t bringing up a $3000 computer in anyway as a reference to ‘To compete against consoles’ :l . . . . I used that number as some random price-point of saying ‘Computers that are omgwtfbbq and are a waste of money to those who don’t know how to handle their money….not ‘How much money you need to beat consoles’ >.> Didn’t even insinuate that.

      • DLConspiracy//

        That’s totally cool and to be clear I wasn’t necessarily trying to pin the tail on the fanboy with you. It just seems to be the overall feel of the comments. Since more than us just read it , I included that in there too. Preferences are more than fine btw. It’s when people act more superior to other people that gets under my skin. I have been called every type of fanboy for my opinions so I get it. I just see the value in all of them. They are all in it for the money anyway.

      • Jason Mounce

        I usually just make comments towards Anti-[x] and/or try-hard trolls who I feel are being stupid and need to have a peg loosened. In many of those cases they simply happen to be Anti-Sony, and by me insulting their pathetic label and situation, I’m simply usually labelled a ‘Sony defender’ of sorts no matter what.

        There are arguably a much more larger, much more obnoxious force of ‘Anti-Sony’ tryhard trolls than Anti-Microsoft tryhard trolls. ‘Hating Microsoft’ has been a normal routine for fanboys or non-fanboys alike since the beginning of Microsoft Windows and every single competition of every industry they’re involved in, whether Linux or Apple or phones or consoles. ‘Hating on Sony’ though, is ‘Trendy’ with the idiotic and seamlessly millennial children these days where it looks like they do it to feel Hip like a meme-kid.

        But aye, I mostly go with the flow. If it happens to be that I ‘defend’ or attack people that aren’t Sony fanboys, I always will have a reason why. PC elitists so far though are just the most noisy these days, and PC Elitists and ‘Anti-Sony’ almost come hand-in-hand.

      • DLConspiracy//

        We might have a slight difference of opinion of the matter of who is more vocal. At least when it comes to consoles but that is based solely on one’s perception. So its hard to really say what is right here. I will agree that PC fans can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to these things but to be fair they are not very fond of consoles because of all the insanely horrible ports. Especially last gen. Though it still happens to this day. So I sure that doesn’t help. Not defending but I can’t say I blame them because if the same games I liked were downgraded or not working on say consoles and PC got them all people would be upset too. Although some people just like to a holes and troll. Or just feel better than somebody. That’s why I feel if those same people putting down another console fan don’t like it when PC elitists talk crap… then they shouldn’t hurl the same turds.

      • Jason Mounce

        Bad Ports affect everyone, Xbox One due to its hardware, PS3 due to its complication last-gen, PC due to budget and/or developer/publisher laziness.

        Lashing out ones’ anger due to bad ports though is a lazy excuse to ventilate toxicity towards random strangers on the internet, lol. Too much ‘gratification’ via bully-tactics involves and how petty majority of the excuses would be. Too much conflict born from strife that in itself, is pathetic and minimal and shouldn’t affect our daily lives.

      • durka durka

        I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

        The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base

      • Jason Mounce

        I recall when I clumped Steam users and PCMustard Race people – I also specifically noted that I was talking about ‘The Minority’ – the verbal/vocal minority. But the tryhard trolls insisted that I was insinuating that ‘All PC Users’ or ‘All steam users are elitists’ when I specifically said ‘THE MINORITY’.

        Not my fault you’ve got an extra chromosome.

      • durka durka

        Red this article, read what you posted.

        it is worded in a way meaning that the pc master race is all pc gamers.

        its not me who lacks chromosome. By the way is that suppose to be an insult? Are you say trans people for example are inferior? Since you want to talk about chromosomes.

        Dont use this “intelligent” insults, either your opponent wont get them so you are only insulting yourself since no one gets offended which is the purpose of the insult or you end proving that you dont get what you posting and how easilly you find yourself in a self created mess.

      • DarthDiggler

        🙂

      • durka durka

        Nothing here

      • Jason Mounce

        I’ve said a lot of things, I don’t see you quoting something recent that I said something that implies such a thing.

        Of course you don’t lack the extra chromosome, your mommy tells you so – you must believe her.

        ‘Trans People’ LOL. Cause no one could possibly find that offensive or ambiguously inaccurate 😛

        “Dont use this “intelligent” insults” – I should listen to a guy who has such great sentence structure – then you start rambling incoherently. Oh well, pseudo-intellectualism, what can you do when you try to sound clever, eh Durka?

      • durka durka

        I dont try to sound clever it is YOU who fails misserably at it and it always backfires back at his face. IDIOT.

      • Jason Mounce

        kay

      • DarthDiggler

        @daka54:disqus

        Lets break this down one point at a time. You are all over the place, maybe someone didn’t take their ADHD meds today. 🙂

        Are you saying that the Master PC Race largely doesn’t use Steam which is why the percentages on the higher resolutions is so low?

      • durka durka

        You saying i didnt take my meds while you cant even comprehend basic informant, what a freaking clown.

        How about YOU taking you meds you idiotic nutjob? NO not drinking sonys cum, that messes with your brain, i am talking about actual meds you pathetic, no life sony fanboy that has nothing else to do than pop up in any comment to praise sony.

        Freaking idiot.

      • Captain_Tom

        What GPU/CPU/RAM do you have?

      • durka durka

        Years ago he said that the master race is stupid and not everyone can run warfame, his laptop cant max it…..warframe? a UE3 game with 2005 requirments?

        Dont bother with that troll.

      • Jason Mounce

        And I haven’t used my ‘Laptop’ that you continuously re-bring up since 3 years ago. You use Old, obsolete quotes to help make you attempt to invalidate others. It’s a sad, desperate tactic, but I know that’s how you roll anyways.

        Though if I had said those things, yes, Master Race anything is stupid, still is stupid – and am sure not everyone can run Warframe, just as there are people who possibly can’t run Half-Life 2 still. There are more Casual Gamers than Hardcore gamers with expensive rigs or expensive gaming laptops – this isn’t a Troll-statement, it’s fact. Same ‘Fact’ that this article brings up that as much as the minority who’re the loudest and most obnoxious that represent the PC Master Race fodder, Steam shows us that majority run 1080p either due to Monitor limitations, hardware limitations or Money limitations.

      • durka durka

        ” You use Old, obsolete quotes to help make you attempt to invalidate ”

        OH YOU MEAN LIKE THIS ARTICLE?

        ” It’s a sad, desperate tactic”

        i agree you are desperate to attack the master race which was and will always be a minority, it is sad and desperate hinting that you are MAD.

        But hey i am not the one who is citing nonsense.

        “, Master Race anything is stupid,”

        Memes for fun are stupid? wow!!

        “- and am sure not everyone can run Warframe”

        it has 2005 requirments. Those who cant, can barelly run anything.

        ” just as there are people who possibly can’t run Half-Life 2 still”

        Yet you pick people with a 2001 pc that BARELLY WORKS and cant even run windows 7 as “gamers”

        Are you gonna continue strawmaning citing nonsense?

        “There are more Casual Gamers than Hardcore gamers”

        Yes there are more facebook and f2p gamers, which is why we dont put them in the same category. So i wont even touch the argument about high end pcs and laptops when i already told you that most of those statistics come from people who play f2p games or lol on a macbook.

        By the same logic most casual gamers who play on consoles are just average joes who dont know anything about pcs or how objectively superior they are from consoles.

        THAT doesnt make them right, or better than pc gamers and not every pc gamer is part of the “pc master race” which is a self circlejerking meme that you console gamers “peasants” take TOO DAMN SERIOUSLY because you are insecure.

        ” who’re the loudest and most obnoxious that represent the Sony pony defense force”

        See i can do it too, that statement holds true to xbots and nintendo drones.

      • DarthDiggler

        @daka54:disqus

        This article seems to be mostly about Steam Stats. Now last I checked anyone doing gaming on PC is generally using Steam. So these stats are relevant I am sure the game developers who sell their games on Steam take these stats seriously and likely develop their game for a wide audience.

        Are you suggesting there is a large group of very high end PC gamers that haven’t joined Steam? One of the things the PC Master Race always brings up when comparing their awesome rig to consoles is Steam is better than PSN or XBL. So I find it hard to believe that this argument would be put forward by ambassadors of the PC Master Race when they aren’t using it.

        Steams data suggests that the PC market while filled with lots of capability has a great deal of people who are experiencing games in a similar fashion to people on consoles. Seems there are quite a few that are even below that hallmark.

        I think @jasonmounce:disqus brings up many good points, sure he doesn’t apply a ton of diplomacy in his words, but your entire ton reeks of typical PC Elitism as you try to twist Jason’s words.

        I will go on record that the Master PC Race is stupid not because of “memes for fun” for years now I have been involved with the “commenting” community on gaming articles. Countless articles have been high jacked by azzholes telling people how stupid they were to buy consoles and how they aren’t experiencing games as they should be experienced. Or telling console people they were poor because they felt the console provided them with the best bang for the buck. Tell me how much fun do you think that is?

        EDIT – From where I am sitting durka you the only one pulling the strawmen out.

      • durka durka

        Steam stats while FAILING to mention those stats being MORE than currently existing next gen consoles.

        Dont talk to me about pc elitism, i am the one who is being fair here, pc master race is a minority YET this article is bs more people can do 1080p on pc than current exisint next gen consoles.

        Again where did i suggest any of the bullshit you talking about? I am not the straw man you are.

        Also YES you ARE stupid because you are making STUPID points.

      • Jason Mounce

        Ain’t nobody got time to read that novel of salt.

      • durka durka

        what salt? i freaking pwned you.

      • Jason Mounce

        If thinking that makes you sleep better at night, everyone knows that you can’t pwn anyone. Not that I see anyone following you or anyone with tangible intellect. 🙂

      • durka durka

        Funny because i pwned you 100 times over.

      • Jason Mounce

        If thinking that makes you sleep better at night

      • Jason Mounce

        Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB GPU, i5-4670K – 3.4GHz Quad if I recall and G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB DDR3

      • Al Simons

        Most computers could run warframe, not really a demanding game.

      • Jason Mounce

        I’d argue otherwise, not in the sense that Warframe ‘is demanding’, which I know it really isn’t for people like me. You could say ‘Most computers can run Half-Life 2 and how it’s not a demanding game though…

        Yet I know so many people who don’t run games like Garry’s Mod on Max or High, or are running sub-par resolution.

        There really are a lot of people who cannot run Warframe then especially, fluently. Even if it is not a demanding game. People with medium and low-par computers but are still gamers, are of course, quite high in numbers. We could easily use Steam hardware statistics to prove it with the amount of Integrated Graphics Cards that are still used. They’re not Demanding, but it depends on what your perception is on Gamers and the statistics of how many infact do have good enough computers to run even games like Warframe on High, I’d say only maybe around 20-40% run Warframe on High or more as a speculative guess.

      • durka durka

        I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

        The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

      • Captain_Tom

        omg when will people stop with the “Downscaling” BS. It just means they correctly fit the picture to the screen you f*ing morons! It in no way comes at ALL close to AA. 900p is garbage compared to 1080p and so on and so forth.

      • 2_bits

        What you just described was upscaling. Downscaling would in fact provide an effect similar to supersampling AA.

        Let me help you: Upscaling is where you render at a lower resolution, and then scale up. Downscaling is where you render at a higher resolution and then scale down. Supersample AA is performed by first rendering the picture at a higher resolution, and then reducing groups of pixels into single pixels to render at a lower resolution. It’s not exactly the same thing but it’s somewhat close.

      • Captain_Tom

        LOL I know what both are buddy. You know what I meant.

      • 2_bits

        I really didn’t, because the person you were replying to was talking about downscaling and nothing else, yet you seemed to be talking about upscaling. It seemed like you just noticed that one number was smaller than another number and called people “f*ing morons.” Happens to the best of us.

      • Al Simons

        all it says is that you have more people in less fortunate places in the world playing counterstrik or dota on lap tops or more fortunate countries are using shitty monitors.Majority of ps4 games are not 1080p 60 fps, you will either find 900p 30-60 or 1080p 30 locked…doesnt change the fact that no matter how much money you spend on consoles, you dont have any options.

      • Cheyno Mdingi

        It’s not really about what “most” steam players have. The pcmasterrace doesn’t so much have to do with what mommy can afford, whether some steam users are casuals, or whether girls and small children play games too. It’s about PC as a platform in general being vastly superior to consoles.

      • Glowing Walnut

        34% of steam users is over 40 million people.

  • Juegaloo

    1920×1080 is the most popular resolution in there.

    Also, a lot of people game on laptops. Shocking news.

  • Anonymous bin Ich

    A lot of people are using high-end gaming laptops, that don’t have 1080p resolution (more like ~960).

    • Jecht_Sin

      That’s why about 44% of them have 4GB of RAM or less, isn’t it?

      • durka durka

        of over 100 million people. Thats still more than consoles

  • DLConspiracy//

    I don’t know.. if you actually consider how many people use Steam actively…

    https://kotaku.com/there-are-over-125-million-steam-accounts-1687820875

    Multiply .3472 (34.72%) towards (125 million) Active users… It doesn’t seem all that small. It’s actually. 43,400,000 users who use 1080p.

    Just to point it out. That’s pretty much both consoles combined.

    • durka durka

      exactly.

    • ThorAxe

      I t’s probably closer to 150 million Active users now as Steam hit 125 million about 6 months ago and 100 million about 11 months ago.

    • GamerJudge

      That makes sense.

      • DLConspiracy//

        I thought so. The article was definitely trying to feed the slant. Kind of made it seem like people don’t use 1080p.

  • tommy walsh

    Steam says 34% play at 1920×1080 & 29% play at 3840×1080.

    https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/

    So yes over 50% play at 1920×1080 or more.

    Stupid articles.

    Anyway enjoy the console circle jerk lol

    Fps is king.

    • JimmyNice

      You do realize that the 3840×1080 figure is a multi-monitor set up, not primary like the 34% figure. With Multi-Monitor, that’s just 2 monitors BOTH at 1920×1080… it’s not a higher resolution.

      Which is why the 34% figure of 1920×1080 on the PRIMARY MONITOR is absolutely relevant.

      Stupid commentors.

      Anyway enjoy the pc circle jerk.

      Awesome systems at an awesome price with nearly 100% of games at 1080p is king

      Nothing here to see.

      Those last 4 lines are just as inane there as they were in the previous post

      • durka durka

        still the article is stupid console circle jerking steam is over 125 million, even a small percentage doing those numbers is more than all consoles combined.

        ALSO most people stream lol, wow or minecraft.

      • Saxie81

        Its still the same. If they are running at least one 1080p monitor odds are…. They are gaming @ 1080 at least, which would mean that we’re STILL above 60% lol.

      • Ha, bro… you got the numbers mixed up. Based on the hardware most people are running on Steam, the people above 1080p in the multi-monitor setup definitely only make up for 7% — depending on some other stats they could go higher. But it’s explained in the comment below:

        https://blogjob.com/oneangrygamer/2015/08/only-34-of-steam-users-run-their-games-at-1080p/#comment-2187117021

        Nice try, though, kid.
        https://s28.postimg.org/57i352oz1/Image11.jpg

      • Saxie81

        Ummm did you read the survey? I take it no. They are taken on an individual computer basis. If someone is running a 3840×1080 that will count as 1920×1080… You’re understandings of how steam collects its data is lacking 🙂

      • AlbiteTwins

        That only includes the subset of people who have multi-monitors though. The key word is primary display.

    • durka durka

      Utterly stupid article, He was wrong back then comparing over 100 million of steam users with the master race. Obviously not ever steam user has a high end pc and plays next gen games. Same case here most streamers are lol wow or minecraft players or stream console games.

      • Razor

        Going by the 100 million Steam users figure which is a conservative estimate, 34% would be 34 million PC gamers that play at 1080p.

        There were reports last month that PS4 has sold a total of over 23 million consoles (with Xbone trailing way behind). Even if we were to assume an unrealistic situation where every single one of them played on a TV that was at least 1080p, that still doesn’t even come close.

        Some PC gamers are still using last-gen hardware, much like how most console gamers have yet to ‘upgrade’ to current-gen consoles (PS3 alone moved 80 million units). I wouldn’t be surprised if the 1080p-to-low-resolution ratio was similar among console gamers.

        Disappointed in ya, Billy. This article is some N4G-level shit right here. Besides, a far greater proportion of Wii U games run at 1080p AND 60 fps compared to the PS4. Shall I call an ambulance for the Sony Defense Force?

        Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U Wii U

      • durka durka

        yup he puts good articles but when it comes to statistcs pc vs console or ps4 vs xbox he always takes the ps4 side or xbox side and ommits facts while posting biased buzzwords.

    • DarthDiggler

      @bloodHorn3:disqus

      The data doesn’t reveal how many people on single display vs multiple displays. On single display 96% of your users are 1080p and lower resolution.

  • Iain Chambers

    The thing is pc is user base is massive and play on so many different things. But most of the “hardcore” play at 1080 or Higher but even I play at 720 on my lap top or downstairs PC with some games

  • andy

    So true but we all sure do buy the games when they go real cheap anyway (just don’t tell the PC mustard race guys, they think they are the only ones who do buy games on Steam and don’t play them).

    • durka durka

      I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing over 100 million people on steam with the master race.

      The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out is far higher than the console user base.

      Most streamers stream lol minecraft, wow or console games.

  • durka durka

    I said it before and ill say it again, you are comparing 100 million people on steam with the master race.

    The comparison is idiotic. Even a small percentage of that amount out

  • Vulcanproject

    Over 50 percent of steam accounts run 1600 x 900 or better as their primary display resolution.

    There are over 125 million active steam accounts, probably many multiples, but still.

    You do the math.

  • DarthDiggler

    You are ignoring the multi-display users as well. Although with all the hubbub from the PC Master Race I would think that 1080p would be more of a “basement” resolution.

    • That’s a very good point about the multi-display users.

      31% of the Steam users have 8GB of RAM, which could make them eligible for multi-display usage… however, majority of the users — 31.76% only have 1GB of VRAM on their GPU. So we know that a third of Steam users don’t have the GPU capabilities to run multi-monitor displays at a high resolution.

      What’s more is that 23% are running 2GB of VRAM, which would make them eligible for running some games at a decent resolution on a multi-monitor setup, but considering that majority of multi-monitor users (28.90%) are running 1080p resolutions across their setup, it would mean only the gamers with 4GB or above could run said setup. The 4GB group only makes up 7.11% of Steam users. There is a 13.31% group labeled as “other” and even if we combined that with the 7.11, we would get 20.42%.

      While that might seem pretty high, keep in mind that the “other” can’t really reflect that when we already know that 17.85% of users are still using DX10 cards, and of the 79.70% running DX11 GPUs 13.53% are running Intel HD cards that would be ill-suited for multi-monitor setups.

      Of the 79.70% running DX11 GPUs only 29.12% of that group are running GPUs capable of Crossfire or SLI for multi-monitor setups. That means that we know for a fact that at least 50.58% don’t have the GPU hardware to run multi-monitor setups. You would then have to take the group with GPUs capable of running multi-monitors and determine out of them which are the ones that fit into the category with RAM and VRAM that would also be capable of running multi-monitors. If we’re going by the 7% that’s not many, but if we add in the “other” we’re looking at a possible 20% figure.

  • Kite

    “In fact, 100% of PS4 owners will be able to play any advertised game that’s been confirmed to run natively at 1080p, where-as PC gamers only with the necessary hardware will be able to match that feat.”

    It’s not 100% if a single PS4 owner plays on a 720p TV.

    1080p usage will not become much higher on PC because gamers can choose the hardware that meets their needs and budget then set the render resolution. Console gamers are limited to the resolution the developers set.

    I’m happy to have this choice on PC, I currently play games on a 2560×1440 144hz monitor. Maybe I’ll make the move to 4k in a few years.

  • paraspritehugger

    1. FUCK. THAT. SURVEY. First asking questions, then collecting system information without permission, screw this, look for somebody else to answer your bloody questions.

    2. 1080p is a bad measure, it should be >=1080p.

    3. If you add the 28.90% that run Multi-Monitor with 3840 x 1080 (that is 1080p, Billy D, you statistics illiterate) to the 1920 x 1080, you’ll end up with far more than 50%.

  • Grahf

    It makes sense, Steam attracts thrifty gamers.

    That being said, 1080p is almost obselete; time to upgrade gentleman.

    • xboxmaster

      yeah, they have already upgraded to 4k, 0.007% of them lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Solid Snake

    LOL so much for the master race LOL

  • *Also On PC

    This is hilarious. PC peasant beggar race can’t even hit 1080p with their peasant hardware and even Arkham Knight was broken on PC because of trash, last – gen hardware. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, silly PC paupers.

    100% of PS4’s run games at 1080p, only 34% of the PC pauper race can afford 1080p. PATHETIC, back to your basement’s, unwashed PC vermin race. :^)

  • Oliver Twitt

    How’s this for a headline: “Only 0% of console gamers run their games higher than 1080p.”

    • *Also On PC

      How’s this for a headline: “100% of PS4’s run Arkham Knight flawlessly at 1080p. Only 0% of PC’s run Arkham Knight at all because the game is broken due to the PC’s trashy, last – gen hardware.”.
      Cry more, unwashed PC pauper peasant. :^)

      • DunceCap64

        Cant tell if sarcasm, or legit reply. Anyway that wouldn’t be a good headline because the port to PC was broken not because trashy hardware, but because of rushed port by an understaffed porting team to make a quick dollar. People got refunds as well so… there’s that.

  • You can’t compare year-over-year percentages without looking at the size of the whole. We don’t even know if your assertion of 900p users declining is right. Overall yes, but that could just mean that it stopped growing with the rest of the platform or that Steam grew so much that its’ individual growth is still negative growth overall.

    Steam has hit over 125 million users as of February this year. They hit 100 million as of September last year. They hit 75 million in January of last year. They could probably be at ~150 by this upcoming January. I’m not certain of how Valve compiles its’ survey data for multi-pc users, but this is data from people that have opted-in to share that data.

    There’s so many other things I want to nitpick at but I’ll stop there. I don’t care if the pcs numbers are lower, but as a long time math tutor the poor interpretation of the data is nagging at me like crazy. It pisses me off when I keep seeing politicians do it, we don’t need that type of bs coming over into gaming. We’re gamers, we’re better.

  • mbits

    First of all, PC gamers don’t play at ‘1080p’ becasue ‘1080p’ isn’t a thing. It’s 1920×1080. You don’t just refer to one fucking dimension in a resolution. Further, you don’t add the fucking ‘p’, because there’s no reason to differentiate between interlaced or progressive scan. That is a television thing, because (even today) televisions may not have both. years ago, even 1080p screens might still only have been 1080’i’ and not ‘p’.

    Second of all, who the fuck isn’t playing at at least 1920×1080? It’s 2015. My PC display has been at least 1920×1080 (or the 16:10 equivalent) for at least a dozen years.

  • Julian Witte

    I think you just overlooked that important information:

    3840 x 1080

    28.90%

    +0.32%
    Most people are indeed using 1080p, and a lot of them are using it on dual monitors.

    • Actually that’s the percentage of people using that resolution in the multi-monitor setup category, not the percentage of how many people are using that resolution on Steam.

  • Teehee

    So you could estimate that at least 40 million Steam users have 1080p.

    And that people also use Steam on laptops. Shocking.

    You also forget that you have to opt for the survey and people with more expensive hardware tend to be less inclined to do so, being more computer savvy on average. You’re also not pointing out that mere 1% is already nearing 2 million users.

  • To the author of this idiot article : Do you have any clue what resolution and 1080p is… Please do you’re research. Also, stop using steam survey, this system is filled with too many mistakes and errors. Theres also a lack of information on it

  • Al Simons

    I guess retards cant even read statistics properly, reread it..it states 34 percent on 1980×1080 and 28 percent using 3840×1080 multi monitor, that means over 60 percent using 1080p

    Nice try

    • LOL… bro the 28% is the mount of multi-monitor users running at that resolution not the total amount of Steam users.

      Read this comment here: https://blogjob.com/oneangrygamer/2015/08/only-34-of-steam-users-run-their-games-at-1080p/#comment-2187117021

      There aren’t enough people with hardware capable of running multi-monitors to account for entire 28%. That number represents a data subset.

      I guess retards cant even read statistics properly

      This is true…lol

      • Al Simons

        yeah i was wrong after calculating, it is a subset..i apologize.

        But you still have the wrong idea.34 percent is the majority of over 120 million steam accounts (presuming if all steam accounts participated even though i dont think so) that means around 40 million people are playing games at 1080p.Try comparing that to 20 million people playing on a ps4 with a majorty of games incapable of 1080p and 60 frames per second.

        Putting that aside, there are a few discrepancies within this aswell.If you read the hardware survey then it states this at the top “Participation in the survey is optional”

        Which concludes that we are most likely not seeing all the users of hardware statistics that use steam.So it is very likely that we are seeing a smaller portion of users and if that is the case then disregard my 40 million remark.

      • Wow. Within the next you’ll be joining the >1%.

        Prices on 4K monitors has really dropped. Dang.

        But yeah I didn’t include the number of users because that number could turn out to be a junk stat. 125 million registered users may also include people with multiple accounts (I had an account that was hacked years ago and is a junk account, so I wonder if Steam still counts that one?)

        If there’s a more verified method for quantifying the amount of Steam users I may include that data the next time I do something on the HW survey to add further context to the story.

      • Al Simons

        >But yeah I didn’t include the number of users because that number could turn out to be a junk stat. 125 million registered users may also include people with multiple accounts (I had an account that was hacked years ago and is a junk account, so I wonder if Steam still counts that one?)

        You are talking about smurf accounts.What happens is you have users who play cs go who get vac bans so they make another account and buy cs go but even these users are still buying games and using the account.There was even a trend with talented dota players when their mmr is too high or they decide to sell the account.Regardless you would have a difficult time trying to argue that smurfs make up the majority of statistics because it doesn’t seem likely.

  • Saxie81

    lol I wouldn’t have found this mindless dribble if not for YouTube. If you go to the survey that you linked…. scroll down to resolutions above 1080, and look @ the percentages. I’ll wait.

  • Jonathan Russell

    Funny you forgot too mention mutli-monitor resolution adoption was nearly 30%! So ~60% of PC gamers play at 1080p and higher.
    This is a usless article. What’s the point? Most console titles can’t even play 1080p @ a stable 30fps forget 60fps! And most console gamers don’t even own next-gen hardware.
    The PC platform is the only platform that allows 4K gaming. Fini.

  • Mike

    There are well over 120 million active users on Steam (active users, not accounts).

    So let’s do some math here…

    That means 120mil divided by 34% equals 40.8 million Steam users game at 1080p… That’s more PS4 And Xbox One consoles sold combined.

    And guess what, you forgot the 28% of Steam users who game with three 1080p monitors.

    -Steam Users who game at 1080p.
    =34% = 40.800,000 users

    -Steam Users who game at 1080p on 3 monitors.
    =28% = 33,600,000 users

    -Steam Users who game at 1440p.
    =1% = 1,200,000 users

    Altogether = 63%

    That means 63% of Steam users game at 1080p, 1080p on 3 monitors and 1440p.

    That makes 75,600,00 Steam users who game at 1080p, 1080p on 3 monitors and 1440p.

    How does it feel to get rekt like that?
    https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

  • Mike

    There are well over 120 million active users on Steam (active users, not accounts).

    So let’s do some math here…

    That means 120mil divided by 34% equals 40.8 million Steam users game at 1080p… That’s more PS4 And Xbox One consoles sold combined.

    And guess what, you forgot the 28% of Steam users who game with three 1080p monitors.

    -Steam Users who game at 1080p.
    =34% = 40.800,000 users

    -Steam Users who game at 1080p on 2 monitors.
    =28% = 33,600,000 users

    -Steam Users who game at 1440p.
    =1% = 1,200,000 users

    Altogether = 63%

    That means 63% of Steam users game at 1080p, 1080p on 2 monitors and 1440p.

    That makes 75,600,00 Steam users who game at 1080p, 1080p on 2 monitors and 1440p.

    How does it feel to get rekt like that?
    https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

    • Ah, if only the multi-monitor figure was representative of the total amount of users on Steam and not representative of the sub-section who actually use multi-monitors. Otherwise, you tried… you tried real well, son.

      https://i.imgur.com/omoKJO2.png

      • Mike

        If you add up all the percentages of the single monitor section and the multi monitor section, then it all equals 100%. it is not hard to work out, you idiot.

      • lol… bro no one is backflipping.

        The primary and multi-monitor displays are two completely separate categories. The multi-monitor category is showing the percentage of that category and what resolution is the majority, not how many Steam users actually have multi-monitors.

        Learn 2 statistics, bro.

      • Mike

        Still though, how do only 34% play at 1080p, but of those who play at 1080p, about 28% play at double and 2% play at triple monitor. Leaving over only 4% who play with a single 1080p monitor. It makes no sense.

      • AlbiteTwins

        He just explained that. Of the subset of people who have more than one monitor, 28% of them have dual 1080p screens.

  • deV14nt

    “In fact, 100% of PS4 owners will be able to play any advertised game that’s been confirmed to run natively at 1080p, where-as PC gamers only with the necessary hardware will be able to match that feat”

    That’s a funny way of putting:
    “In fact, __0%__ of PS4 owners will be able to play at 1080p any advertised game that’s been confirmed not to run natively at 1080p, where-as any PC gamers with the necessary hardware will be able to beat that non-feat”

    But you’re a glass half full type of guy I see. Also, who cares about percentages on PC? Half those people play some dumb game that shouldn’t be considered in this discussion. Like Leo’s Fortune for PC… which is featured on the front page of Steam today.

  • tpain gunner

    [GIVING] Steam keys to FOURTEEN games, sum total of 182€

    https://www.l33tdrops.com?kid=72YTQ

  • Rob H

    try reading the statistics correctly – the numbers so low because 28.58% run at 3840×1080 over a multi-monitor display which is under a separate category. Try actually learning how to read before you write something else as retardedly misinformed as this article. I mean, it’s not exactly hard, it’s pretty obvious the results don’t add up to anything like 100% – yet you stratigically miss of 720p from the image above so readers assume that’s where the rest of the percentage lies, despite the fact that only around 26%

    Here’s the link to the survey results the conveniently cropped image in the article is from, try looking at the very bottom figure on the resolution list:
    https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

  • hvd hvd

    pc is for esports.consoles are for real gamers.pc likes to boast their 1080p an gtaphics but i see 90% of them play nintendo quality games…lolsoon every console gamer will be playing at 1080p.the all they got is their fps.

    • Micky hollywood

      lol

    • DunceCap64

      Right. Do the Crysis Comparison. Not everyone can do that top end of the PC makret, but most mid end PC will still look better on PC than on console. Also Consoles are for “real gamers?” Gaming isnt restricted to one platform, competition needs to exist (its why consoles exist), and people are entitled to play the games they see fun. “Real Gamers” most of the time dont give 2 shits about this argument because they are knowledgeable enough to know the difference between the 2. Any idiots on the extreme ends are still that, idiots.

  • Micky hollywood

    just out of curiosity, how many people who use steam are actually people who are PC gamers (meaning that they purchased a PC for the sole purpose of playing PC games), playing at 1080p or higher, compared to the other, who occasionally game, who may not be too bothered about higher resolution. maybe those on a work PC downloading steam to use in the break just for the free to play games. my girlfriend games, and she got a new nVidia gfx card rather than a new games console. I would also like to know how many of these people who own a PC, who don’t play games in 1080p have their resolution set to 1080p for windows, or even if they have knowledge or care to set the gfx detail to higher than default value. might also be worth comparing the values to types of games, fps / racing / platform ect…. because not everyone who purchases a PC, or laptop did so to play games on, and may have purchased a games console because don’t want trouble of/ or have the tech knowledge to update a gfx card from the one on board or supplied by the PC manufacturer.

  • Ben Brown

    34% is the majority. Every other resolution doesn’t come close. It’s tiny percentages, and if you look on the survey, THERE ARE SO MANY FREAKIN RESOLUTIONS!

  • Luke

    some users use 16:10 And 21:9 So thats why

  • Jason

    The fact that only 34% of PC gamers game at 1080p is because most PC gamers want 100 fps or higher. So they lower the resolution to get that amount. Most PC monitors have higher refresh rates than 60. So the fact that they will strive for higher than 60fps is entirely understandable. I would say at least 70% can game at 1080p at 60fps. I would go so far as to say at least 90 % of PC gamers could game at 1080p 30fps. After all, most pc games have entirely customisable graphics options. Just because someone does not play at 1080p it does not mean that they cant…….

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