Only 34% of Steam users play games at 1080p, says Valve

Valve's monthly surveys prove that most Steam users don't have the latest and greatest in gaming tech.

Published Wed, Aug 12 2015 5:48 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

Every month Valve conducts in-depth surveys to determine the most popular hardware and software solutions used by Steam gamers and compares them on a month-by-month basis. Last month's survey report reveals that most gamers are using stock hardware rather than high-performance rigs.

Only 34% of Steam users play games at 1080p, says Valve |

According to July 2015's hardware survey, only 34% of Steam users play at 1920x1080 resolution, with 26% running games at the laptop standard resolution of 1366x768. Out of the gamers that opt in for multi-display gaming, a full ~29% of these users run at 3840 x 1080 resolution.

When it comes to CPU's ~48% of Steam users run dual-core CPU's, with quad-core CPU's close behind at ~45%. The bulk of CPU clock speeds are between 2.3 GHz and 2.6Ghz, but the 3.3-3.69Ghz clock bracket is on the rise accounting for approximately ~16% of users. Intel CPU's predictably dominate with an inclusion rate of 75% versus AMD APU's at just a quarter of users.

Valve notes that most Steam gamers prefer NVIDIA cards over AMD, and DirectX 11 GPU's conquer the lesser DX10-supported cards. Other parameters prove to be pretty basic, with common specs like Windows 7 64-Bit, 8GB of RAM and 250-500 HDD's. Check below for a quick breakdown of Steam user hardware specs for July 2015.

  • OS Version: Windows 7 64 bit 44.91%
  • System RAM: 8 GB 31.07%
  • Intel CPU Speeds: 2.3 GHz to 2.69 GHz 21.60%
  • Physical CPUs: 2 cpus 48.26%
  • VRAM: 1024 MB 31.76%
  • Primary Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 34.72%
  • Multi-Monitor Desktop Resolution: 3840 x 1080 28.90%
  • Language: English 47.85%
  • Free Hard Drive Space: 250 GB to 499 GB 26.46%
  • Total Hard Drive Space: 250 GB to 499 GB 31.95%

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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