Windows 8 close behind Windows XP in latest Steam hardware survey

Last month, Valve's monthly hardware survey of its Steam users for December 2012 showed that the percentage of its Windows 8 owners was just behind those who used Windows Vista. This week, Valve updated its hardware survey numbers for the month of January 2013, and as expected the results showed Windows 8 overtaking Windows Vista, while also getting closer to Windows XP's numbers.

The stats on the hardware survey page shows that the percentage of Windows 8 owners (combining 32-bit and 64-bit SKUs) is now at 8.76 percent, well above the 6.93 percent of Windows 8 users that Steam recorded in December 2012. Windows Vista users of Steam in January (again combining 32-bit and 64-bit) totaled a mere 6.02 percent. Only 0.72 percent of Steam users are using the 32-bit version of Windows 8, compared to 8.04 percent of Windows 8 64-bit users.

Windows 7 users of Steam represent 69.73 percent of all Steam owners, down from 70.47 percent from the month before. Windows XP is still being used by 10.05 percent of Steam owners. and if the growth of Windows 8 continues on Steam it should be close to, or overtake, Windows XP next month.

The combined number of Mac Steam owners is currently at 3.56 percent. After making its debut on the Steam hardware survey in December, the total number of Ubuntu users on Steam in January stands at just 1.12 percent.

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Fritzly said,

8.76% on Steam.....

I know,and whats your point? its an indication that a lot of people are migrating to windows 8. 6 months ago Steam announced that they have over 40 million users. Windows 8 has %8.76 of steam users currently. Do the math.

vcfan said,

I know,and whats your point? its an indication that a lot of people are migrating to windows 8. 6 months ago Steam announced that they have over 40 million users. Windows 8 has %8.76 of steam users currently. Do the math.

3.6 million, hardly impressive. I wonder how many people actually took the survey. Is that written anywhere because I haven't taken one in almost 2 years.

Luc2k said,

3.6 million, hardly impressive. I wonder how many people actually took the survey. Is that written anywhere because I haven't taken one in almost 2 years.


For an OS thats just a few months old its at 8%,
Lets wait the same time and see how big Ubuntu will be?
According to Gabe its their success of the year already.

Keep in mind the percentage of people more aware and more knowledgeable with computers among Steam users is higher then webstatistics (and those are more precious to everyone)

Shadowzz said,

For an OS thats just a few months old its at 8%,
Lets wait the same time and see how big Ubuntu will be?
According to Gabe its their success of the year already.

Keep in mind the percentage of people more aware and more knowledgeable with computers among Steam users is higher then webstatistics (and those are more precious to everyone)

Still meh, W7 was over 14% on steam after it's first 3 months and it hadn't gone through the holiday season yet.

W7 surpassed 4% global market share in the first month while W8 is not even at 3% in 3 months (both stats taken from Net Applications). Again W7 didn't go through holiday sales yet.

Did I mention Ubuntu or Gabe? Or do you just like to beat straw men for the hell of it?

Luc2k said,
Still meh, W7 was over 14% on steam after it's first 3 months and it hadn't gone through the holiday season yet.

W7 was released on Oct 22, 2009. W8 was released Oct 26, 2012. They both went through a holiday season after 3 months.

ModernMech said,

W7 was released on Oct 22, 2009. W8 was released Oct 26, 2012. They both went through a holiday season after 3 months.

You're right, I was confusing RTM date with GA for W7. That makes it even worse for W8 since W7 had better figures much earlier.

Luc2k said,
That makes it even worse for W8 since W7 had better figures much earlier.

People had a much bigger reason to update to 7 back then. With 7 you were either coming from XP (horribly outdated and on its death bed) and Vista (fairly clunky and bloated, buggy drivers at release, bad rep from people who were scared of changes). With 8 the incentive to upgrade isn't anywhere near as high considering how solid 7 is, and that's not counting the various "baww Metro" people. Not a big surprise it's slower to go up.

Max Norris said,

People had a much bigger reason to update to 7 back then. With 7 you were either coming from XP (horribly outdated and on its death bed) and Vista (fairly clunky and bloated, buggy drivers at release, bad rep from people who were scared of changes). With 8 the incentive to upgrade isn't anywhere near as high considering how solid 7 is, and that's not counting the various "baww Metro" people. Not a big surprise it's slower to go up.

I agree with your points (less with the wording), it's just that Neowin has a couple of people that make W8 as the second coming and that everything before it is crap. In reality W8 has several under the hood improvements, a new interface on top of the old one and an store for simple apps. The jump might be huge from previous windows based touch devices, but not on normal desktops where customisation and choice play a bigger role.

Max Norris said,

People had a much bigger reason to update to 7 back then. With 7 you were either coming from XP (horribly outdated and on its death bed) and Vista (fairly clunky and bloated, buggy drivers at release, bad rep from people who were scared of changes). With 8 the incentive to upgrade isn't anywhere near as high considering how solid 7 is, and that's not counting the various "baww Metro" people. Not a big surprise it's slower to go up.
For people like us XP could be on a death bed but it seems to me that it still has a substantial market share.
As for incentives to upgrade, you mention good arguments but forgot an important one about W8: its extremely cheap price till the end of January.

Probably at the same exact rate. Everyone who wanted to upgrade and knows how already bought it. Everyone else will buy it with a new PC for the same price as before.

Only some people do not see the potential of Win8. Most people have their brain blocked by the new start screen, so that they try to convince themselves that Win8 is a failure OS. Maybe it's not as best like Win7 as people hope for, but it is still a successful Windows OS.

I'm surprised on one mentioned this, but the only reason 8 has even as much at this chart shows is because of the sale. Oh, and fanboys, who are always a small percentage of the market anyway. It passes Vista because it was the worst version of windows out there since Mil. And since the 40 dollar sale is now gone, numbers will go up still, but at a much slower pace. MS was looking for marketshare, that's it. They got it, they're done.

Oh, and to those that are saying 8 is 'successful' then why on earth did MS just have a hissy fit about sales, blaming PC makers for the horrible 8 sales?

Lenovo posted good numbers. The rest posted crap because garbage in, garbage out. MS is saying if you want to sell your stuff, make it good. Stop making subpar machines.

And yes, it'll be successful but not at the rate 7 was. 7 was a godsend for those on Vista. But 7 is a great OS so moving to 8 is more optional. Why is everyone so stuck on throwing the word FAIL around. Ever heard of transitional period? Grey area? Yeah, it exists. The OS will evolve and improve and it will be fine. Get over it.

Well spoken laserfloyd. People are so reactionary, they think something is either a success or a failure. But it's not like that at all, otherwise Linux would be a failure, I don't know a single person that games on Linux. The steam indication of about 1% is about right, because I play with 2 game-clans with 100+ members, and I don't know that a single person games on Linux. But does that make it a failure ? No, because it's an open source OS that some people really like using, and good on them. I wouldn't touch it with a poo-stick, but others like it and I'm glad it's around for the hobbyists and universities.

I can tell you as a programmer, that Windows 8 (and WinRT specifically, but which isn't included in steam) are good technologies, not as popular as some would like, but they are innovative under the hood. It's now easier to write DirectX games in managed code and WinRT provides sand-boxing which is a much more secure environment to live within. The desktop is changing, and should keep changing. Win32 is way too open and unsafe.

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