Originally Posted by xenophobe
Incredibly niche? A year ago when i got mine, sure. I actually have 2 friends IRL that have 21:9... one I didn't even realize PC gamed has had one for a while now and another that has had his since Black Friday.
And judging by the number of models currently available and coming soon, manufacturers certainly aren't ignoring the market segment...
When you got one does not make a difference whether or not it is niche or not niche. Those 2 friends you know are probably what a normal gamer would consider a high end enthusiast would be my guess. Here is a better statistic to go on:
Per Steam's Hardware Survey released 1/2016
1366x768 (laptop resolution) - 26.62%
1920x1080 (1080p) - 35.11%
21:9 (2560x1080 and 3440x1440) - A whopping 0.34%
When an entire aspect ratio
(not even talking about a specific resolution here) is less than half a percent
, then yes, it is an incredibly niche product. Enthusiasts do not drive the gaming market. Monitor manufacturers work in a "follow the leader" type world where if one releases a certain type of monitor, than others will too, simply because they want to have one as well. Here is the thing, new monitors do NOT drive the gaming market. It is MAINSTREAM ADOPTION
that drives the gaming industry to provide wide support for a new resolution. Is it cool when a dev includes UWD support? Yes, absolutely. Do I and should anyone EXPECT
them to cater to a niche that is accumulatively less than a fraction of their customer base? I certainly don't and IMO no one should intelligently expect that either.