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Hardware capabilities of gamers : survey results

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 9:21 am
by tuan kuranes
valve steam does ask players for their Hardware capabilities and very kindly, gives results to everyone. It's very practical using those stats, to aim a gaming platform and define minimum requirements without loosing too much players.

At post time :

Bad news : gf4 mx is still 11%, gf2 mx is still 7% !!

Good news : 94 % has SSE.and 1.5 Ghz is the minimum

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 11:48 am
by notatoa
I used a gf2(mx!) a couple of months ago , and it wasn't that bad :P

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:27 pm
by dennis
Wow, I actually think Valve could sell those numbers. Great info!

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:58 pm
by Chaster
Keep in mind those survey numbers are HEAVILY SKEWED towards the hardcore gamer profile... They are not indicative of what the majority of people have... Of course, we're making a game targeting the core gamer market, so it's fine for us...

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:05 pm
by :wumpus:
Holy shit, gf4mx is still second. I don't understand how the aTI 9800 series ends up above the 9600 series though.

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:15 pm
by iq
Don't think so completly - for the internet connections yes - these are dedicated online gamers, but many use common hardware.

Look at the average rig 256-512mb ram, 2ghz cpu and the vast majority uses cideo cards in the GF2MX - ati9600 range. These are not machines of players with fat wallets. But they are actually more than CS should need (not sure here as I don't play it, but it's fairly old by now.)

Posted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:32 pm
by haffax
@:wumpus:, maybe it is because many 9800 cards where delivered with a HL2-Coupon. Having the coupon is a strong reason to register at steam. :)

Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 6:24 am
by Goosey
Korean (Adult) 28,223 2.54 %
Korean (Teen) 7,831 0.71 %
I am confused.

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:57 am
by Ninjabadger
The survey only includes windows as an OS, i know this is the dominant system but it would be interesting if there was some data for Mac/Linux gamers as well.

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:40 pm
by :wumpus:
I don't think their hardware differs much from windows users

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:35 pm
by Ninjabadger
I realise that, i was simply meaning that it would have been good to see the linux/mac included as apposed to simply "Windows Version"

Maybe not the point of their survey but it would have been usefull

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:56 pm
Is there even a version of Half-Life 2 (or just Steam) for other OS'es than Windows?

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:57 pm
by haffax
No. The game itself is Windows only. But there is a dedicated server for hl2 deathmatch and cs:source.

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:49 pm
by Ninjabadger
Ah ok, sorry i misunderstood what it was,

thought it was a general survey

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:41 am
by zarthrag
IMO: if you're aiming for casual gamers, you should target a 1GHz system w/256MB and a 32MB GF2 card - especially if you're targeting multiple platforms.

"Current" games ought to shoot for ~1.5Ghz, a GF4 Ti/FX 5200/Radeon 9600, and 512MB of ram. Which is enough for some nice shader effects and such.

Hardcore doesn't matter, since they'll always have the lastest/greatest hardware. As an indie developer - I'd ignore that category anyway - as art assets are just a bit too much: Your emphasis should be on overall quality and gameplay.

As a result, steam is VERY skewed. I know few people who own the "biggest" cards available. As a developer, I don't even test with them - I use what the customers use.

Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:21 pm
by :wumpus:
GF4mx is the most common low end card still by far, even according to this survery, but yeah that's nothing more than a GF2.