Just days after Cyberpunk 2077 was released, Steam has already broken the record for the most concurrent users to date. As of December 12, the new record has more than 24 million players, and the CD Projekt Red RPG has played a major role in making this possible.
To be precise, on December 12, 24,776,635 people joined Steam at the same time, and about a quarter of those users were in the game. Since the pandemic began, the number of simultaneous Steam has increased steadily, but fell slightly in the summer. Hopefully these absent players were still practicing social distance.
So what is the driving force behind the recent surge? Of course, Cyberpunk 2077 is a major player, with a record high of over 1 million players, but Steam’s classic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit it slightly on the same day. I defeated it. Most of the other games on the chart are Steam’s flagship games such as Dota 2, Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds, Grand Theft Auto V, and Team Fortress 2.
But most striking is that the overall number of PC players in Cyberpunk 2077 can be much higher. CD Projekt Red offers games on Steam, but its own digital game store GOG is also very popular. The game is already listed on GOG’s best-selling page.
The PC player was easier to run Cyberpunk 2077 playable than some console players (assuming the PC is addressing the challenge). I’ve heard that the game doesn’t work well on the base PS4 or Xbox One system and has a number of crash issues on some platforms. The Xbox Series X, which runs the Xbox One version in backward compatibility mode, is a bit better, just like Google Stadia.