Steam survey shows jump in Windows 8.1

The latest figures are in, and Valve reports that while it’s still far from being the favourite, more and more gamers jumped onto Windows 8.1 over the past month, according to the latest Steam hardware survey.


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The overall winner? 64-bit Windows 7, which is still used by more than half the audience, despite dropping one percentage point to 50.76%. Those departing gamers have likely updated to 64-bit Windows 8.1, which now claims 8.53% – 2.42% more than the November numbers.

While Mac numbers remain steady (up 0.20% to 3.68%), it seems that more gamers are picking up Linux, which is back up to 1.07% after November saw a huge drop to just 0.98% (it’s worth noting that some Linux distributions may fall into the “other” category, so these numbers may vary). Most of those Mac gamers – 53.83% – play on a Macbook Pro, by the way.

Other numbers reveal that Nvidia still holds 51% of the video card market, 74% of gamers use Intel processors, nearly all the Steam population runs more than one CPU (just 3.53% have a single CPU), and an oddly-low 50% of gamers choose English as a default language (second place? Russian, with 16.71%).

Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. Participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous. The information gathered is incredibly helpful to us as we make decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.

Products that Valve is offering in 2014 include Steam Machines, a dedicated Linux-powered gaming PC – it’ll be interesting to see how much that affects the Linux adoption rate, or if the majority sticks with various flavours of Windows.

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