Windows 8 usage on Steam up to 13.02 percent in June

The tens of millions of Steam subscribers continue to transition over to Windows 8. Today, the Steam Hardware Survey website shows that for June 2013, 13.02 percent of Steam users are accessing the service via Windows 8.

The new hardware survey numbers show that the pace of new Windows 8 users on Steam has slowed somewhat compared to previous months. In May 12.72 percent of Steam subscribers accessed the service on Windows 8, meaning that for June Windows 8 went up just 0.3 percent in the survey. However, it looks like the 64-bit version of Windows 8 is close to surpassing the 32-bit version of Windows 7 on Steam. If the trend continues, the Windows 8 64-bit SKU will be the second most popular OS on Steam in July.

Naturally, Windows 7 is still the highest on the Steam hardware survey with the OS claiming 66.23 percent of all Steam users for the month of June. That's down from 66.63 percent in May.

Windows XP was used by 7.58 percent of Steam subscribers in June, down from 7.97 percent in May. The number of Steam users still using Windows Vista was listed at 7.97 percent in June, which is up from 7.25 percent in May. This is the third month of percentage gains for Windows Vista on the Steam survey. Finally, those accessing Steam via Mac and Linux continue to be well below nearly all versions of Windows on the Steam survey.

Source: Steam | Image via Valve

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Did you even read the link you provided? The only graphics they talk about improving are related to the desktop gadgets/tiles things.

curme said,
Did you even read the link you provided? The only graphics they talk about improving are related to the desktop gadgets/tiles things.

Yes I read. By saying that, you show that you're the one who obviously didn't.

This is interesting indeed. Not just b/c of the numbers, but think about this. Most PC Gamers have built their own custom rigs, or at least are 'in-the-know' about PCs. So Windows 8 Upgrades for them is a conscious decision.

About 87% of steam users use a DX10/11 capable OS, and yet Gabe is sticking to his DX9-4-Life mantra. What fail. Coincidently, valve games are no longer on every serious gamer's play list, remember the days of HL2, everyone played it. I don't even know what the latest valve games are because no one talks about them, Left 4 Dead 3 maybe? What a joke.

J_R_G said,
About 87% of steam users use a DX10/11 capable OS, and yet Gabe is sticking to his DX9-4-Life mantra. What fail. Coincidently, valve games are no longer on every serious gamer's play list, remember the days of HL2, everyone played it. I don't even know what the latest valve games are because no one talks about them, Left 4 Dead 3 maybe? What a joke.

It's not about graphics! Poprtal 2 looks amazing and it's fun to play! CSGO graphics looks much better than any COD game so far! And L4D2 is also fun and good looking game!

They are working on Source 2 engine and im sure it will have all that **** that you modern kids want!

King Joffrey said,

It's not about graphics! Poprtal 2 looks amazing and it's fun to play! CSGO graphics looks much better than any COD game so far! And L4D2 is also fun and good looking game!

They are working on Source 2 engine and im sure it will have all that **** that you modern kids want!

It doesn't have to be about graphics, at all. They can maintain the exact same graphics and put in the work to support DX11. Games like WoW and BF3 gained 20-30fps for the average user simply by switching to DX11, without using any of the special new DX11 features.

The sad thing here is Gabe prioritizing development for ~1% of the userbase (Linux) rather than pushing forward with DX11 which most of the Windows using Steam users can now run and in turn giving them a large FPS improvement.

J_R_G said,
I don't even know what the latest valve games are because no one talks about them, Left 4 Dead 3 maybe? What a joke.

Then you obviously haven't been paying attention, as Dota 2 is the most played game on Steam by a significant margin.

As for DX10/11, Valve hasn't released a new engine since 2004 or a major update since 2007 (just after DX10 was released as a Vista exclusive). It's already been announced that Valve is working on Source 2 and that will almost certainly support DX11. Valve doesn't release games as frequently as other developers.

JonathanMarston said,
Valve is joke that stopped being funny years ago.

Valve is one of the best PC developers and I for one am glad that the company chooses to pace itself rather than releasing yearly updates to existing franchises. People may moan now but they'll almost certainly change their tune when Half-Life 3 is released and yet again redefines the genre.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Valve is one of the best PC developers and I for one am glad that the company chooses to pace itself rather than releasing yearly updates to existing franchises. People may moan now but they'll almost certainly change their tune when Half-Life 3 is released and yet again redefines the genre.

Redefines the genre? Remind me again how HL2 redefined anything?

funkydude said,

It doesn't have to be about graphics, at all. They can maintain the exact same graphics and put in the work to support DX11. Games like WoW and BF3 gained 20-30fps for the average user simply by switching to DX11, without using any of the special new DX11 features.

The sad thing here is Gabe prioritizing development for ~1% of the userbase (Linux) rather than pushing forward with DX11 which most of the Windows using Steam users can now run and in turn giving them a large FPS improvement.

Or, they could put the work in on OpenGL and get even better FPS on all three platforms including Windows which runs a DirectX to OpenGL shim (togl).

Pretty embarrassing that OpenGL outperforms DirectX.

Athernar said,

Or, they could put the work in on OpenGL and get even better FPS on all three platforms including Windows which runs a DirectX to OpenGL shim (togl).

Pretty embarrassing that OpenGL outperforms DirectX.

The source is where exactly? Valves OpenGL vs DirectX9 comparison? Lol.

Blanket statements ftl.

mrp04 said,
Redefines the genre? Remind me again how HL2 redefined anything?

Physics
Facial animations
Storytelling

You can pretend all you like that it wasn't innovative but you're not fooling anybody.

Yeah, but whatever I do, I skill cant play Skyrim in full screen, there's always a border around the window, hence, haven't been able to play the game.

First days of new month always have very ****ty statistics on Steam hardware survey page because data is uploaded manually. Wait some time before reporting.

Also see Vista 64 bit results, no way she can have so stable growth last consecutive months. Mistake or result of decrease in popularity of Steam itself.

anonymf said,
First days of new month always have very ****ty statistics on Steam hardware survey page because data is uploaded manually. Wait some time before reporting.

Where does it say they upload data manually, or bit by bit? That seems like an odd thing to say considering we live in a world of automation.

anonymf said,

Also see Vista 64 bit results, no way she can have so stable growth last consecutive months. Mistake or result of decrease in popularity of Steam itself.

Quite the opposite, it gained users. Which fully explains why there's an increase in Windows percentage and a decrease in Linux percentage, as most of those gained users will be Windows users. You also have to consider the massive popularity of Dota2 especially since it can be played on older machines easily.

-adrian- said,
Finally stream on linux shows the power
Did you forget the "/s"? Every Linux distro losed market share and they are now in total on 1,07%

Studio384 said,
Did you forget the "/s"? Every Linux distro losed market share and they are now in total on 1,07%

Funny how gaming is a thing that keeps a lot of users bound to Windows, and at the same time Microsoft doesn't give a crap about gaming on Windows. Confirmed with their latest "DX11.2 on Windows 8.1 only" nonsense.

If it weren't for the games, I would not be using Windows at all.