Windows 8 now used by over 10 percent of Steam owners

While mainstream PC owners may be taking their time upgrading to Windows 8, that's not the case for the tens of millions of Steam users worldwide. Valve's PC gaming download service has updated its hardware survey results for the month of March and it continues to show a much faster adoption rate for Microsoft's latest operating system.

The survey numbers show that Windows 8 is now being used by 10.67 percent of Steam owners, when combining 32-bit and 64-bit SKUs. That's compared to 9.63 percent in February and 8.76 percent in January. Windows 7 is still on top of the March 2013 survey with 68.51 percent of Steam owners using the OS, down from 69.31 percent in February and 69.73 percent in January.

Windows XP was used by 8.72 percent of all Steam owners in March, down from 9.33 percent in February and 10.05 percent in January. Windows Vista clocks in at 6.59 percent in March, but that's actually up from 5.84 percent in February. This month's hardware survey results have a number of other Windows-based operating system showing up in the results, mostly on the server side such as Windows Server 2012 64-bit, which is used by 0.01 percent of Steam owners.

The combined number of Mac Steam owners is currently at 3.67 percent, up from 3.07 percent in February. There are now a ton of different versions of Linux that show up in the Steam hardware survey, but add them all up and the total Linux user base is just 1.69 percent of all Steam users in March, down from 2.02 percent in February.

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it has some sort of sense, since all the gamers often play on the latest os, myself included, everything else is done on Win 7.

Well, that's often been in the past due to them being inherently better or having a newer version of directX that's inaccessible on older versions. This time around there is pretty much nothing whatsoever between them unless you have a touchscreen =P

Dutchman01 said,
Windows 8 Sucks for most people, so will also the blue update.

It will never get higher numbers than windows 7.


Keep telling yourself that.

Dutchman01 said,
Windows 8 Sucks for most people, so will also the blue update.

It will never get higher numbers than windows 7.

Give it a rest champ, there's a good boy.

Dutchman01 said
Windows 8 Sucks for most people, so will also the blue update.

It will never get higher numbers than windows 7.

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

And yet 8 is sitting at an embarrassing 3.11% against other operating systems overall and with a lower adoption rate than even Vista.
Truly embarrassing for Microsoft and their many zealots.

The number you quote is from a single company measuring their limited demographics. Microsoft has a much deeper reach into sales and purchasing arrangements then any web trafficking site could ever dream of and if things were so doom and gloom Microsoft being a public company would share that doom and gloom and lower earnings forecasts but they're not.

You're only hearing what you want to hear because a rather limited dataset supports your misguided hatred..

Order_66 said,
And yet 8 is sitting at an embarrassing 3.11% against other operating systems overall and with a lower adoption rate than even Vista.
Truly embarrassing for Microsoft and their many zealots.

So embarrassing that they've sold millions of copies.

spudtrooper said,
The number you quote is from a single company measuring their limited demographics. Microsoft has a much deeper reach into sales and purchasing arrangements then any web trafficking site could ever dream of and if things were so doom and gloom Microsoft being a public company would share that doom and gloom and lower earnings forecasts but they're not.

You're only hearing what you want to hear because a rather limited dataset supports your misguided hatred..

Of course that is 100% false and expected, Microsoft wouldn't DARE say anything negative about the sales of their flagship OS, the bottomless depths of Ballmer and microsofts arrogance would NEVER allow that to happen, not in a million years.

mrp04 said,

So embarrassing that they've sold millions of copies.

What, 7 million retail sales?

Or are you one of those who cling to the heavily discredited and laughable microsoft claims of 60-80 million sales to OEMs that don't even come close to being an accurate representation of retail sales?

Tyler R. said,
Is this an April fool's joke?

i was thinking the same thing... i mean Valve issuing stats saying that Windows 8 is getting more market share, an OS that is "catastrophe" for Gabe Newell, it can only be Aprils Fool!

I'm not sure how this is surprising when all the new computers come with Windows 8...

I'm not the biggest fan of Windows 8 myself, but I think I'd be too lazy to worry about switching back to 7, unless I had serious gameplay issues with a certain game or something.

dead.cell said,
I'm not sure how this is surprising when all the new computers come with Windows 8...

I'm not the biggest fan of Windows 8 myself, but I think I'd be too lazy to worry about switching back to 7, unless I had serious gameplay issues with a certain game or something.

If you assume that gamers are more likely to purchase a new PC then the average consumer then that could explain the fast adoption rate.

But I also think it has something to do with gamers being more interested in tech and gadgets and therefore more likely to try out something new like Windows 8. But I fear most arent trying it out on a touch PC. So Microsoft really has to improve the Windows 8 experience for non-touch. And that doesnt mean adding a start button. There are better ways to make it easier to use on non-touch.

I might also argue gamers are more likely than the average user to switch back to Windows 7 upon disliking the new interface. Just based on the opinions of my friends mind you.

The upcoming update (I think it's in blue..) for smaller live tiles on the start screen should help a lot with non-touch use. I find it unusable because I can't fit enough apps on one screen, search is just always faster.

Although yeah, personally as a gamer I do always like to have the latest OS & gadgets when I can afford them

This makes since as it is a more accurate measure of windows 8 growth. when you try to compare the windows market share to same periods of windows 7 and vista you will have to take intro account the total pc market share was smaller 1 - 1.2 billion and only win tables sold during that time now the market is 1.5 - 1.6 billion and a lot of tablets being sold.

Juan Rodriguez said,
This makes since as it is a more accurate measure of windows 8 growth.
Only accurate when it pertains to Steam. Unless that is what you meant.

I am saying not the percent but the adoption rate steam shows a more accurate picture of this vs comparing it to win 7 or vista adoption during the same time period during their launch.

Juan Rodriguez said,
I am saying not the percent but the adoption rate steam shows a more accurate picture of this vs comparing it to win 7 or vista adoption during the same time period during their launch.

Gamers hardly represent average users...

Juan Rodriguez said,
I am saying not the percent but the adoption rate steam shows a more accurate picture of this vs comparing it to win 7 or vista adoption during the same time period during their launch.

Doesnt show the bigger picture tho.

It doesn't really represent the big picture of operating system usage. However I do appreciate steam numbers more, as they're relevant to what operating systems I will see the games I want to play running on.

For example, it makes me happy every time XP's market share drops so that developers can stop bothering with archaic DirectX 9 games

Kind of surprised to see the Linux numbers going down, figured if anything they'd be going up with Linux users showing interest in Steam and all that.

Max Norris said,
Kind of surprised to see the Linux numbers going down, figured if anything they'd be going up with Linux users showing interest in Steam and all that.

The inventory selection is not quite there yet. If more of the games I play had linux support under steam windows would be gone for me.

Haha, most Linux users where people who installed it for the TF2 Tux. And normally run Windows. So yeah no surprise it's dropping.
Linux seems quite on par with other statistics here, Linux has ~1% of consumer market, ~1% on steam.

synapse46 said,

The inventory selection is not quite there yet. If more of the games I play had linux support under steam windows would be gone for me.

Maybe it'll happen again some day. I remember in the early 90s when games had those huge boxes. Linux support was available for most games. Then again its marketshare back then was higher then just 1%. Get its marketshare back up and games will be ported more.

I figured this was going to happen. What you had was an initial surge of users who wanted to check it out. Once they realized there were really no games to play via Linux, they went right back to Windows.

Max Norris said,
Kind of surprised to see the Linux numbers going down, figured if anything they'd be going up with Linux users showing interest in Steam and all that.

Fact that you can now play some steam games on Linux doesn't make up for anything else. Plus why should I change OS for an emo dev like gabe?

ShareShiz said,
I've seen some people have higher ping's through Linux so they have gone back to Windows.

Why is that, I wonder? Should be about the same for Linux and Windows.

Maybe it's the longstanding Linux issue of fragmentation and driver support?

From my experience steam is a **** poor port about on par with dark souls to pc.
That said I still love steam and hope they improve it but at this point it has so many faults using it is a chore.

I can't imagine downloading Linux and then thinking you're going to have a good time as a gamer.

Same goes for Mac, actually.

I tried Steam on 64bit Ubuntu and it was horrible: a few days (3?) after Steam for Linux was released on the Ubuntu store Canonical released some updates that broke 64bit Steam, they kept it broken for several days and in the end they pulled the whole Steam app from the Ubuntu Store altogether. That was a unbelievable lack of professionalism from both Valve and Canonical. Maybe it's time Valve releases their own distro or endorses another one rather than relying on a company that has kept proving they don't give a damn about the users (is it just my impression or Mark Shuttleworth thinks he's the next Steve Jobs?), recently proven by everybody migrating to Linux Mint and other distros that have now become far more popular.

Steam on Linux is always going to be pretty bad, woohoo fragmentation.

Windows, huge % market share, has 8, 7, Vista & XP still used. (4 Versions)
Mac, 10% ish (I guess...), has probably 4ish versions still used also as a guess.
Linux, 1% ish, has a ridiculous number of versions and apparently updates can easily break steam etc....

I think you can see where I'm going here =P

MVD said,
And 0% are using Metro. Suck it, fanboi


uh, Windows 8 is more than Metro. Gabe wasn't speaking against Metro, he was against Windows 8 as a whole.

FalseAgent said,

uh, Windows 8 is more than Metro. Gabe wasn't speaking against Metro, he was against Windows 8 as a whole.

I believe he reacting to the sign's Microsoft starting to make a walled garden like Google / Apple have over there mobile device's and windows down the road not being an open OS like it is now.

Jason Stillion said,

I believe he reacting to the sign's Microsoft starting to make a walled garden like Google / Apple have over there mobile device's and windows down the road not being an open OS like it is now.

... which competes with Steam's Walled Garden. Oh, now I see why they hate Windows 8.

At least steams walled garden is pleasant to use. Microsoft just make a colossal mess of it (Windows Live Games...Modern/Metro...)

Long live steam (Also death to origin I want EA games on steam)

Correct, Gabe was commenting on the Windows Store requiring Steam to share profits with Microsoft. That became 100% incorrect, as Microsoft allows Steam on Metro to collection ALL of the profits.

Gabe just cant charge for the Steam app, but can charge for games purchased in the Steam app and collect 100% of the revenue. Google and Apple do not allow this, they still require a 30% cut no matter where the purchase is made.

The only time Microsoft requires a cut is if you sell your app in the Windows/Xbox Store. Free apps can popup a browser or direct charge and Microsoft gets nothing.