Over 20% of Steam subscribers now use Windows 8 or 8.1

Valve's Steam service continues to add new members to its ranks, proving once again that PC gaming is not even close to being dead. Valve recently announced it had signed up over 65 million Steam accounts, and its annual holiday sale has seen its concurrent user numbers reach a new record of over 7.6 million, thanks in part to a Christmas Day giveaway of Left 4 Dead 2.

Valve's monthly hardware survey is a snapshot of what all those tens of millions of users have installed on their gaming PCs. The latest numbers from December 2013 show the use of Windows 8 or 8.1 on Steam reached a new milestone. 20.06 percent of all users who volunteered to send their hardware information have either Windows 8 or 8.1 installed on their rigs.

Specifically, the survey shows that Windows 8 is installed on 11.22 percent of PCs that connect to Steam, while Windows 8.1 was found on 8.84 percent of those computers (both numbers combine the 32-bit and 64-bit SKUs). The updated stats mean that just over one in five PCs that sign up to use Steam do so with Windows 8 or 8.1.

Windows 7 claims the top spot as the most used OS on Steam. In December, its share of users was 62.96 percent, compared to 64.38 percent in November.

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nub said,

What the heck are you talking about?


he has no idea what he is talking about but I think in this particular case he meant skydrive which has been part of explorer if would have installed skydrive. again he doesn't know what he is talking about.

Jaybonaut said,

Should I clarify the intended message for you? Really?

Yeah clarify it because you are doing very poor job in explaining yourself.

Auditor said,

Yeah clarify it because you are doing very poor job in explaining yourself.

Sorry, I tend to use standard English to communicate and forget not everyone here can understand simple concepts. The comment was questioning how you would be wasting time and bandwidth getting the update while you are asleep. I'm no longer interested in the answer.

Jaybonaut said,

Sorry, I tend to use standard English to communicate and forget not everyone here can understand simple concepts. The comment was questioning how you would be wasting time and bandwidth getting the update while you are asleep. I'm no longer interested in the answer.

If you are no longer interested in the answer then you should have not cared to reply at first instance. Your standard English seems like more standard in developing countries rather than native speaking people. By the way, sleep has nothing to do with the bandwidth. I don't need to explain this and regarding time, no I don't want update to be messing up my system with auto update. I prefer clean install, if I have to. Now you can go to sleep again.

Louisifer said,
I'm glad to see that the non x64 versions of 8+ has such a low count.

I am one that has an 32bit win 8.1 on steam =). Had to put Civ 5 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro . =)

I missed the L4D2 giveaway but I got CS:GO really cheap on the steam sales. Am tempted to go back to Nvidia graphics, my ATI radeon HD card just keeps screen flickering and stops responding on 8.1 the drivers are terrible it gives me headaches.

I'm on Windows 8.1 ONLY because I got it and Office 365 University free from my school. Honestly, classic shell fixes everything.

Personally I like Windows 8. I don't play PC games so not a Steam user but Windows 8 just works faster than 7. I never had an issue with the start screen vs. start menu either. I never use Modern apps though. I am on a laptop without touch and they are just awful to use IMHO. Ignoring the Modern UI stuff though Windows 8 is a nice, solid update to 7 with a lot of really nice new features built into Explorer.

InTheSwiss said,
Personally I like Windows 8. I don't play PC games so not a Steam user but Windows 8 just works faster than 7. I never had an issue with the start screen vs. start menu either. I never use Modern apps though. I am on a laptop without touch and they are just awful to use IMHO. Ignoring the Modern UI stuff though Windows 8 is a nice, solid update to 7 with a lot of really nice new features built into Explorer.

Side Notes:
You can 'use' the modern apps without 'using' them.

Turn on the ones like Weather, Mail, News, etc that give you Live information on the tiles, and even if you don't like the Apps, they are still giving you more information than you can get on pre-Win8.

I create an 'information center' type of design, and 90% of the Apps in that area I hardly ever actually open, as I use the websites or other software. I never open Weather, never open the official Facebook App, never open the News App, etc.

However, I can flip to the Start Screen or walk by any of my computers and see my mail, my tweets, news, the weather, what is going on with specific friends I have pinned, etc.

I also setup and use the Apps that I can 'Share' information into, so even though I don't normally use 'Mail', it is setup, so I can hit share and fire off links to friends from inside IE11.

Also remember websites pinned to the Start Screen pull new content, so like on Neowin you can see when new articles are up.

Modern Apps are low functionality for the most part to be 'light' for casual users. However, that doesn't mean they can't be useful even to power users to pull and provide information.

The other nice thing about this is when you use a MS Account, you only have to set this up once, and then on every computer or tablet you have, it appears there as well. When running test systems and Eval builds of Windows, it is marvelous to have your settings/profile and SkyDrive content on any installation in a couple of minutes. (Users working in a server environment should already have this, but for personal profiles/settings it is nice to have it work anywhere.)

/end Site Note

Thanks Mobius Enigma and I have flirted with using them however as soon as I saw the ads built in to the Weather app I just flat out refused to use them again. I thought it was appalling to included adware versions of apps as part of the whole OS! Glad I could uninstall them ASAP.

InTheSwiss said,
Thanks Mobius Enigma and I have flirted with using them however as soon as I saw the ads built in to the Weather app I just flat out refused to use them again. I thought it was appalling to included adware versions of apps as part of the whole OS! Glad I could uninstall them ASAP.

I agree about the ads.

However if you only use the App for the Live Tiles, you never see the ads.

not surprisingly linux is down the list and yet those idiots created steam os on the top of Linux core hoping to replace PS4 and XBONE

trojan_market said,
not surprisingly linux is down the list and yet those idiots created steam os on the top of Linux core hoping to replace PS4 and XBONE

I don't think Steam OS has PS4 or XBox One in it's sights. Gabe Newell hates that Microsoft wants 30% of all Store sales. He apparently never considered negotiating to lower MS's share of Store sales, or he failed in doing so. In any case, Newell thinks he is going to make more money with Valve OS, presuming that Valve users even care about his personal income or Valve OS. It was never about anything but a way to make more money. I don't think it will work out quite as well as Newell planned. Windows works too well.

technically speaking steam box is a console and compete with console and in PC gaming there is steam that is already successful. If Gabe newell wants to take steam down because he hates Windows 8 I think other shareholder will kick him out sooner or later.

trojan_market said,
not surprisingly linux is down the list and yet those idiots created steam os on the top of Linux core hoping to replace PS4 and XBONE

What Steam OS is built on top of is irrelevant, it's what games comes to the OS that counts. PS4 uses BSD underneath, and that's much less popular than Linux, and look where that is .

As a Linux user, I like that Steam has come to my main OS. I still use Windows to game mostly, but I like that I can run up some of my games in Linux without having to reboot. The fact that Steam has a version for Linux to support Linux games and user's has zero impact on your choice to continue with Windows, so I don't see why you're so offended by the idea.

Majesticmerc said,

What Steam OS is built on top of is irrelevant, it's what games comes to the OS that counts. PS4 uses BSD underneath, and that's much less popular than Linux, and look where that is .

That statement about PS4 is absolutely non-sense. Steam (If they want to succeed) have to find a way to sync user's existing game library and let them play on PC and console but most of users are windows users not Linux users, so they will have absolutely zero benefit from buying a console. on the other hand ps4 has been in the market for almost 20 years. there are massive number of supporters and array of games, on the other hand Steam box has zero advantage over next-gen consoles ps4 and xb1. So it is doomed to fail.

trojan_market said,

That statement about PS4 is absolutely non-sense. Steam (If they want to succeed) have to find a way to sync user's existing game library and let them play on PC and console but most of users are windows users not Linux users, so they will have absolutely zero benefit from buying a console. on the other hand ps4 has been in the market for almost 20 years. there are massive number of supporters and array of games, on the other hand Steam box has zero advantage over next-gen consoles ps4 and xb1. So it is doomed to fail.

PS4 has not been on the market 20 years and is not backwards compatable. In that sense, Steam on Linux has more and better games than PS4 and XBOX combined (about 240 total). It is true that most users run Windows, but SteamOS is so new that it is hard to predict whether they will bring people to game on Linux. Lastly, SteamOS has a lot of advantages over PS4 and XB1 such as a large game library and customization.

Regardless, it is hard to predict the future. Saying something is "doomed to fail" this early is just arrogant.

trojan_market said,
That statement about PS4 is absolutely non-sense.

Then you misunderstood. You were saying that Steam boxes will fail because the OS is based on Linux, but the PS4 is already enormously popular despite the fact that it uses BSD as the base for it's own operating system. BSD is even less popular than Linux, therefore it goes to show that it's the games, and not the OS that is the deciding factor in whether or not a console succeeds.

trojan_market said,

Steam (If they want to succeed) have to find a way to sync user's existing game library and let them play on PC and console but most of users are windows users not Linux users, so they will have absolutely zero benefit from buying a console.

You mean aside from the fact that user's CAN sync their game libraries between their PC and their Steam OS machine. Sure, they can't sync Windows games, but if you've got a Windows PC it will be possible to stream the gameplay from the Windows PC to the steam console. Not perfect, but a decent halfway measure.

trojan_market said,

on the other hand ps4 has been in the market for almost 20 years. there are massive number of supporters and array of games, on the other hand Steam box has zero advantage over next-gen consoles ps4 and xb1.

Based on that logic, a Steam console has 65 million supporters already, and it also stands to have more launch titles than the PS4 and XB1 combined. There are nearly 500 titles ready to go for the Steam consoles, against less than 50 for the XB1 and PS4. Where Steam consoles currently fall short is in AAA titles. Valve obviously has it's revered Half-life, Portal and Left 4 Dead franchises, which will most likely make it to launch, but there's little sign of anything from 3rd parties. This may change closer to the time, but at present this could be an issue for Valve with this project.

Aside from the advantage of having more games, Steam also offers games at less cost than Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony do. If that trend continues post-Steam OS release, it could prove to be a key part of their strategy to competing with the big boys.

trojan_market said,
So it is doomed to fail.

Let's wait and see shall we? None of us have any idea how successful it will be at this point.

Senlis said,

PS4 has not been on the market 20 years and is not backwards compatable. In that sense, Steam on Linux has more and better games than PS4 and XBOX combined (about 240 total). It is true that most users run Windows, but SteamOS is so new that it is hard to predict whether they will bring people to game on Linux. Lastly, SteamOS has a lot of advantages over PS4 and XB1 such as a large game library and customization.

Regardless, it is hard to predict the future. Saying something is "doomed to fail" this early is just arrogant.


I meant Playstation not ps4. Playstation is a recognized brand (so is xbox). steam if wants to get a brand recognition must bring something new to the table. point is that what can steam bring to the table that ps4 and xb1 don't have? nothing. if they had windows core they could port people's library over. I myself have many titles on my steam library. it is linux core, linux is not built for gaming. playstation's OS is a customized version of linux meant for gaming and multimedia which itself is highly optimized and enhanced for 20 years. that is why is doomed to fail. I don't care how many linux title Steam has. good games, hot games are the ones that developers target based on console popularity. by the time steam box is release other consoles will probably have more titles released.

John Callaham said,
you have to have a free account to use it..so its a subscription service..

Sorry John, but no. Call them users, not subscribers.

As an example, I am not a "subscriber" of eBay, Outlook.com, XBOX Live, etc. even though I have free accounts with all of them.

XBOX Live is a good example actually, you can be a user of the service, without being a subscriber to it. The people who subscribe to XBOX Live are the ones paying for it, and they're the Gold members, not the Silver members such as myself.

Actually they are subscribers as the real definition of subscribe is to 'Sign'. These users are signing up to Steam therefore they are 'subscribers'.

To be a 'subscriber' doesn't even have to be that clear cut as one can be said to be a subscriber to a group or committee without having to hand over any details or cash either.

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