Are you running Linux? Because windows uses 8 GB by itself.I have an SSD and only 8GB RAM. I'll admit I don't play the latest and greatest AAA games as my 1060 can't handle it. I do a lot of Java game development on the PC (both traditional arcade style games and board games), I have editors open, music programs playing, a browser with a dozen or so tabs but I don't see any low memory warnings. I thought about expanding my RAM to 16GB but then wondered what for?
I guess if you give developers laptops with 32GB then they'll just use the lot and assume that all their customers will have the same set up. Maybe they should examine the steam surveys and give developers average spec set ups? Maybe a little higher to account for development times and the general improvement of hardware over time.
I'll admit I should build a new PC but the cost of new GPUs has been a stumbling block for me. I don't want to spend $$$ on a GPU when I'm only mildly interested in the latest AAA games and, without a new GPU, I can't see the point in upgrading the rest of my system.
So yeah, seriously.
And I don't me windows 11 - I mean windows 7 uses 8 GB of RAM by itself.
And if you are game developing (or anything on the PC) as a job you should consider that the $15 another stick of RAM will cost you should more than pay for itself in the time saved not waiting on your computer.