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Our Linux & SteamOS gamer survey results for January 2016

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Blimey, another month already? That's right here's the results of our latest Linux & SteamOS user survey.

I'm now leaving out the old/jokey left in question about what type of drivers people are using on Intel, as there's only one type.

Edit: These graphs were updated after the article was posted to account for when the results are actually for. You did this in February, but the answers relate to January.

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No wonder there's so many issues with 4K monitors, hardly anyone uses them! I genuinely miss my old monitors, 1920x1080 is just simpler. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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mirv 25 February 2016 at 12:53 pm UTC
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Linux games bought (and related) graph(s) are interesting. I guess it coincides with xcom2.
WorMzy 25 February 2016 at 12:53 pm UTC
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QuoteI'm now leaving out the old/jokey left in question about what type of drivers people are using on Intel, as there's only one type.

Spoilsport.

Big dip in people buying from Steam over the previous month. I guess everyone bought what they wanted during the sale and have enough to be getting on with for now. There was a similar dip last year, but not nearly as pronounced.

I have actually upgraded my monitor from 1920x1080 to 2550x1440, and I think that's as high as I'm likely to go for the foreseeable future. I don't see the point in quadrupling your display size, then having to scale everything up to compensate. I already have to increase the zoom on some webpages.

mirvLinux games bought (and related) graph(s) are interesting. I guess it coincides with xcom2.

Shouldn't do -- since XCOM only launched in February, that'll not show up until next month's survey.


Last edited by WorMzy on 25 February 2016 at 12:55 pm UTC
Eike 25 February 2016 at 12:56 pm UTC
mirvLinux games bought (and related) graph(s) are interesting. I guess it coincides with xcom2.

How? XCOM 2 wasn't available in january.

Ah... title is wrong?
Liam Dawe 25 February 2016 at 1:10 pm UTC
Eike
mirvLinux games bought (and related) graph(s) are interesting. I guess it coincides with xcom2.

How? XCOM 2 wasn't available in january.

Ah... title is wrong?

The results are from February, but the answers are for January data if that makes sense.

Wasn't my choice, this just how it was setup originally and I took over.

I'm going to look at ways to re-do the survey and make it more accurate, unsure how right now. I am thinking possibly re-starting it and getting fresh data then from day-1. A hopefully easier option will be to get Feds who does the graphs to bump all the data back a month to show it correctly.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 25 February 2016 at 1:17 pm UTC
mirv 25 February 2016 at 1:16 pm UTC
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mirvLinux games bought (and related) graph(s) are interesting. I guess it coincides with xcom2.

How? XCOM 2 wasn't available in january.

Ah... title is wrong?

The results are from February, but the answers are for January data if that makes sense.

Wasn't my choice, this just how it was setup originally and I took over.

I'm going to look at ways to re-do the survey and make it more accurate, unsure how right now.

Ah well, my mistake!
Eike 25 February 2016 at 1:26 pm UTC
TheBossI'm going to look at ways to re-do the survey and make it more accurate, unsure how right now. I am thinking possibly re-starting it and getting fresh data then from day-1. A hopefully easier option will be to get Feds who does the graphs to bump all the data back a month to show it correctly.

If you would do a whole new setup, I wonder if it should be more about gaming and less about Linux. E. g. I don't care a cent if people changed their distro last month (and I really wonder if that many do or if that many don't understand the question). I'd be more interested in say if they use a controller or a wheel, or what their most interesting game of the month was, or how much time they use for playing, ...
Keyrock 25 February 2016 at 2:17 pm UTC
"No wonder there's so many issues with 4K monitors, hardly anyone uses them! I genuinely miss my old monitors, 1920x1080 is just simpler."

1440p is the sweet spot for high end machines right now. I think we're still a couple GPU generations away from easy 4K. Even 4K monitors themselves are still in their infancy right now. I mean, you can run 4K right now, but you have to jump through some hoops.


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Beamboom 25 February 2016 at 3:38 pm UTC
Keyrock1440p is the sweet spot for high end machines right now.

I very much agree. And for monitors under 35 inches - at the very least less than 30 - my not-so-humble opinion is that it's pretty much a waste with higher resolutions. We don't need such a high dpi unless we sit with our face almost planted IN the screen.
Segata Sanshiro 25 February 2016 at 3:49 pm UTC
QuoteI'm now leaving out the old/jokey left in question about what type of drivers people are using on Intel, as there's only one type.

Guest 25 February 2016 at 3:54 pm UTC
Keyrock"No wonder there's so many issues with 4K monitors, hardly anyone uses them! I genuinely miss my old monitors, 1920x1080 is just simpler."

1440p is the sweet spot for high end machines right now. .

yup, running a 1440p screen and the overall hit on the GPU wasn't the 75% more of the pixels you get.

That said, 1080p is still easier for devs sadly. Some recent games ( unity ) dont even still offer 1440p and SteamOS is firmly fixed @ 1080p for the UI & for Games at the moment.. so i wouldn't be using SteamOS @ 1440p down to scaling quality

makes me wonder if i should get a 1080p flat screen or a 4k one down to higher input lag on scaling and poor 4k UI / game support


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