11.65 percent of Steam owners used Windows 8 in April

While Net Applications shows that Windows 8 is only making slight gains in the overall worldwide PC market, the hardcore PC gamers that use Valve's Steam service have been far more welcoming to Microsoft's latest OS. Today's newly updated Steam hardware survey shows that 11.65 percent of Steam users are accessing the service with either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 8.

The hardware survey page for April 2013 shows that Windows 8 increased its share on Steam by almost a full percentage point; in March, Windows 8 was used by 10.67 percent of Steam subscribers. Windows 7 is still on top of the April 2013 survey with 67. 57 percent, down from 68.51 percent in March.

Windows XP was used by 8.63 percent of Steam users in April, down from 8.72 percent in March, and Windows Vista clocks in at 7.06 percent in the latest data, which is actually up from 6.59 percent in March. The combined number of Mac Steam owners is currently at 3.4 percent, down from 3.67 percent in March.

The hardware survey shows a ton of different Linux-based operating systems that are now accessing Steam. We added all of them up and found that all the Linux-based OSs cover just 1.56 percent of Steam users, which is down from 1.69 percent in March.

Source: Steam | Image via Valve

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If you're a gamer then 8 is GREAT. Ok, that was lame I know. Seriously the performance is worth the upgrade. Just ignore the start screen and pin things to desktop/tasbar. It works as good as Windows 7 (and better really) at that point. I guess the 8.1 milkshake will bring some of the other gamers to the yard.

My god, does Windows 8 suck so bad that we have to post the percentage of gamers now? WTF? Any new Windows OS will rise overtime, because there is no damn alternative out there. Do you all realize how many gamers would leave Windows 8 if Linux had the same kind of software support? These stats are meaningless and tells nothing about the quality of a product.

JHBrown said,
My god, does Windows 8 suck so bad that we have to post the percentage of gamers now? WTF?

It is news.
This is a news site.
Get over it.

Nah but in the past when numbers were posted, people went on the usual "lol xp is beating windows 8" rants. This is just showing the incremental adoption rate that now puts it only behind 7. At least among steam users that is.

Kind of weird how this is playing out. You see a lot of hate for 8 in PC gaming forums yet gamers seem to like it when the rubber meets the road. I know there are Start Menu replacements and such but those 3rd party tools don't seem to be satisfactory to a lot of the people in these PC gaming forums.

If you're a gamer the Start Screen/Menu would be irrelevant. You'd have your Steam/Origin client or specific games pinned to the taskbar. Well in the case of Windows 8 you'd have them pinned there anyway so whenever you restart, boom, you're in.

I agree. I actually have my Steam/Origin clients at the front of my games section on my Start Screen with my other Metro apps. It's not even a small deal, let alone a big one versus the Start Menu as I never put my game links in the Start Menu anyway.

J_R_G said,
I downgraded to MS-DOS, beat that! It uses almost no memory too!

Psh, operating systems. I ditched all that and went back to software on bootable media. Talk about saving resources!

Xabier Granja said
Meanwhile, we'll be laughing at you. Everybody will laugh. It's a win-win.
I don't care if people laugh. I know that people who use Windows 8 are making the better decision for several reasons.

A lot of people fail to see how it is better. They just look at the MUI and assume that it's bad, when really it's a lot better under the hood then 7.

offroadaaron said,
Meh, still with your Windows 8, where wireless drivers are **** and the metro screen takes over. I'll be laughing at you guys

Wireless drivers aren't Windows 8 fault. In fact networking in Windows 8 is VASTLY superior to any version of Windows prior. I get better performance with Windows 8 networking than any flavor of Linux I have tried (haven't tried all) and OS X. And for your "OMG Metro comes up first!" idiocy, get Classic shell or Start 8.

dtourond said,
I don't care if people laugh. I know that people who use Windows 8 are making the better decision for several reasons.

A lot of people fail to see how it is better. They just look at the MUI and assume that it's bad, when really it's a lot better under the hood then 7.

Very well said.

Are you confusing Windows 8 with Ubuntu? Because Windows 8 installs any hardware I put into it automatically without any problem.

wingliston said,
Sure I have. Its still a pos for anything else than being a server.

It doesn't have to be good because you can change it to be something completely different if you're willing to train yourself and put the work into it!

But figuring out hot corners in Windows 8? Now THAT'S a steep learning curve!

Joshie said
But figuring out hot corners in Windows 8? Now THAT'S a steep learning curve!
It's like you're comparing hot corners to trigonometry.. Each corner has a purpose, and when you move your mouse to it, it activates that action. Please explain to me how that is such a learning curve.

The real issue is that Microsoft made a dinky little tutorial on Windows 8 instead of making a proper tutorial. That's where they failed. Don't believe me? Look at the Surface Pro ad, it's 80% dancing and 20% product demonstration.

This is how a company should make an ad. Demonstrate the product and show us (the buyer) why we should care about this product and why we should buy it over the competitors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...;feature=youtu.be&t=31s

Edited by dtourond, May 18 2013, 2:13am :

dtourond said,
It's like you're comparing hot corners to trigonometry.. Each corner has a purpose, and when you move your mouse to it, it activates that action. Please explain to me how that is such a learning curve.

The real issue is that Microsoft made a dinky little tutorial on Windows 8 instead of making a proper tutorial. That's where they failed. Don't believe me? Look at the Surface Pro ad, it's 80% dancing and 20% product demonstration.

This is how a company should make an ad. Demonstrate the product and show us (the buyer) why we should care about this product and why we should buy it over the competitors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...;feature=youtu.be&t=31s

FYI, my post was entirely tongue-in-cheek sarcasm.

Your loss. While Metro is a love or hate thing, under the hood the improvements of Windows 8 are absolutely a must have. Especially the networking. Get Classic Shell or Start8 if you are unable to get past the Metro barrier.

Agreed. Boot up in 8 seconds? Yes please. I used to get coffee in the kitchen while Win7 booted up and now by the time I get up for that coffee, bam, I'm already in Windows. It still amazes me every sleepy morning

Snake89 said,
Everyone knows that windows ME was the best OS of all time...

Personally I never had any issue with ME; maybe because at the time I was using powerful but standard Dell boxes and Intel chips with plenty of RAM.

Dot Matrix said,
Gabe must be crying himself to sleep at nights...

I think he's actually laughing....he's making money regardless. It should've been that he makes less money based on what he had said.

Dot Matrix said,
Gabe must be crying himself to sleep at nights...

Why would he be crying? He was proven right when Windows 8 caused the industry to slow by a record amount, just like he said it would. Oops, guess that means you were in the wrong.

So to quote a popular Valve character: "Cry some more"

Athernar said,

Why would he be crying? He was proven right when Windows 8 caused the industry to slow by a record amount, just like he said it would. Oops, guess that means you were in the wrong.

So to quote a popular Valve character: "Cry some more"

The industry was already slowing down. Windows 8 didn't cause it to slow down.

mrp04 said,

The industry was already slowing down. Windows 8 didn't cause it to slow down.

Yes, and Windows 8 made it slow down even more than it would have.

Or exactly the opposite and it prevented a much greater slow down. You can't just throw out your thoughts as if they were facts, unless you want to come across as an absolute ignorant. Whichever way Win8 impacted the market, the truth is no side can ever be proven, unless you had an alternate reality to compare with.

Athernar said,
Why would he be crying? He was proven right when Windows 8 caused the industry to slow by a record amount, just like he said it would. Oops, guess that means you were in the wrong.

So to quote a popular Valve character: "Cry some more"


Athernar said,
Yes, and Windows 8 made it slow down even more than it would have.

Are you referencing the sales reports that does not track tablets or other devices similar to them?

I'm not saying that accounts for every, so called, missing PC sale, but we are not getting the full picture from those reports. People who MIGHT have bought a laptop, may have opted for an iPad, Android tablet or even a Windows 8 tablet.

Xabier Granja said,
Or exactly the opposite and it prevented a much greater slow down. You can't just throw out your thoughts as if they were facts, unless you want to come across as an absolute ignorant. Whichever way Win8 impacted the market, the truth is no side can ever be proven, unless you had an alternate reality to compare with.

I'm sorry that you don't wish to face reality, but the facts are the market has slumped harder than ever before, and Windows 8 has a well established negative public perception.

Do you honestly expect anyone with common sense to believe that's not going to have a negative impact on the market, let alone have a positive impact?

You can argue all you want if that perception is deserved or not, but that's how things are. Regardless of if you like it or not.

Athernar said,

I'm sorry that you don't wish to face reality, but the facts are the market has slumped harder than ever before, and Windows 8 has a well established negative public perception.

Do you honestly expect anyone with common sense to believe that's not going to have a negative impact on the market, let alone have a positive impact?

You can argue all you want if that perception is deserved or not, but that's how things are. Regardless of if you like it or not.

"Well established negative perception"? Where?

Dot Matrix said,

"Well established negative perception"? Where?

You're kidding. Right?

Don't they say Google is a window into the thoughts of the world? Type 'Windows 8 is ' into Google. You won't like its suggestions.

Athernar said,

Your best attempt is an article comparing Amazon ratings with sample sizes in the low thousands? Hah!

So, how about that in-app advertising flop eh?


An article citing sources, and numbers vs a generic search.

You decide which is more believable.

Dot Matrix said,

An article citing sources, and numbers vs a generic search.

You decide which is more believable.

Hmm yes, I wonder which is more reliable. The heavily developed search engine algorithm that deals with billions of search queries per day, vs a ~1000 sample size comparison of the easily manipulated Amazon rating system.

I bet you cry yourself to sleep every night because Windows 8 is a confirmed failure. Gee, sure sucks to be you - you're not even a billionaire either!

Raa said,
Vista increased? Something sounds rather strange...

Maybe because pirates keep installing it. Or .62% of people who owns vista machines start using steam again....

ctrl_alt_delete said,

Maybe because pirates keep installing it. Or .62% of people who owns vista machines start using steam again....


I would suspect people who downgraded to XP but still had their Vista license and want to play the latest games.

Raa said,
Vista increased? Something sounds rather strange...

These are percentages, not quantities. A percentage going up or down isn't necessarily an indication of a change in quantity.

For example, if the number of Vista users did not go up, but the percentage of Vista users went up, then the total number of Steam users surveyed must have decreased.

If everyone on Mac OS suddenly stopped using Steam altogether, all other OSes would appear to have had an increase.

Raa said,
Vista increased? Something sounds rather strange...

a +/- 2% or so is usually the margin of error for these kind of things...

Joshie said,

For example, if the number of Vista users did not go up, but the percentage of Vista users went up, then the total number of Steam users surveyed must have decreased.

One of my Linux fan friends is pretty sure its because a lot of people tried the Linux client for free TF2 kit then went back to Windows.

At least that was earlier, I don't know whats going on now. With all the DX10/11 games coming out I wouldn't be surprised if it was what I said earlier.

There's a bazillion distros on the list. Hit the survey page link to see them. They're all fractions of a percent, (although some are zero,) but I'm sure they add up.

Just adding the ones that are listed 0.01% and higher I come up with 1.64% but like others have said, its hard with so many distros.

Donno, maybe because one CEO said he hates all things windows 8 and that it would fail but even his company is showing tht windows 8 is increasing, tht more and more gamers are using the OS. Maybe it's reasons like those that cause windows market share to make headlines.

Because the Linux community keeps spreading false claims that Windows 8 is incompatible with games, its a flop, and its the year of the Linux desktop! This proves them wrong.

Missing in those articles is any description of "who" are buying Windows-8. If Microsoft commercials are any indication, it is clearly the young consumer crowd, i.e., <30s, that is buying it. I see very little or no signs of businesses or any other content creation entities buying into Windows-8.

Spot on Wingliston!! Because Linux is like Apple it's so much more than a technology it's a religion. Linux is a polished turd at best anyway. The people I know who are at the apex of computing all use PC-BSD anyway not one of them uses Linux they think it's a joke!!

TsarNikky said,
Missing in those articles is any description of "who" are buying Windows-8. If Microsoft commercials are any indication, it is clearly the young consumer crowd, i.e., <30s, that is buying it. I see very little or no signs of businesses or any other content creation entities buying into Windows-8.

This sounds like another uninformed post from someone with little to no understanding of how OS upgrades/adoptions work in large corporations. It will not happen overnight, or even in one year, but it is idiotic to think that they are not evaluating and planning for it down the road. All the moving parts simply take time to get in place. I speak as an IT professional in a company who has nearly 150k laptops/desktops plus mobile devices to support.