Windows 8.1 surges up to 6.34 percent of Steam users in latest hardware survey

While the number of total Windows 8.1 users worldwide went up to 2.64 percent of PC users in November, according to Net Applications, the hardcore gamers who sign onto Valve's Steam service adopted Microsoft's latest OS much more quickly. That's the word from the latest statistics collected from the monthly Steam hardware survey.

The new numbers from November showed that Windows 8.1 is now being used by 6.34 percent of all Steam users, when you combine the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This compares to just 1.92 percent of Windows 8.1 users on Steam in October. As we reported a few days ago, Steam now has over 65 million accounts. On Sunday, it reached a new record of over 7 million concurrent users.

Windows 8.1 is now being used by more people on Steam than any Mac or Linux OS, as well as more Vista users, and is just behind Windows XP. Windows 8 took a big dive in November's Steam survey, going from 16.77 percent in October to 11.72 percent last month. Combining Windows 8 with 8.1 brings its share to 18.06 percent in November, compared to 18.69 percent in October.

Windows 7 is by far the most used OS on Steam. In November, its share of users was 64.38 percent, compared to 66.45 percent in October.

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Combining Windows 8 with 8.1 brings its share to 18.06 percent in November, compared to 18.69 percent in October.

This is actually more important since Windows 8.x just went down in total.

And the same thing is happening in general: http://thenextweb.com/insider/...bined-duo-barely-grows-9-3/

Windows 8 and 8.1 combined are growing smaller than 7. Yes, that's right, more people are switching to 7 than there are people switching to 8 or 8.1.

November is a slow month for consumer PC purchases, at least prior to Black Friday and a lot of those purchases are Christmas presents that won't get used until Christmas. I would expect a nice jump in 8.1 showing up for the month of December.

You can't make that assumption because Steam is not a representative sample. It just means more people signing up are on Windows 7 but they may have already been using it for years.

Its amazing people didn't upgrade their Win8 to 8.1. How could they not upgrade? Its free and it doesn't affect installed programs. maybe because of mouse issue? I thought they fixed It though

trojan_market said,
Its amazing people didn't upgrade their Win8 to 8.1. How could they not upgrade? Its free and it doesn't affect installed programs. maybe because of mouse issue? I thought they fixed It though

Most of these are pirated windows. Because how W8.1 requires you to upgrade thru the store, they can not upgrade without a full-format install from some "pre-activated" W8.1 iso. That's why they are not upgrading.

Crimson Rain said,

Most of these are pirated windows. Because how W8.1 requires you to upgrade thru the store, they can not upgrade without a full-format install from some "pre-activated" W8.1 iso. That's why they are not upgrading.

I doubt it.

Crimson Rain said,

Most of these are pirated windows. Because how W8.1 requires you to upgrade thru the store, they can not upgrade without a full-format install from some "pre-activated" W8.1 iso. That's why they are not upgrading.

To the best of my knowledge, Windows 8 activation hasn't been cracked. There are "hacktivators" out there, but nothing that permanently activates the OS like Windows Loader did for Vista/7,

I don't get it. A quick search at steam website shows there are 2320 windows compatible games in store, yet the number of Linux games is 252.

Why would anyone, in their right mind, pick Linux over windows for gaming?!

eddman said,
Why would anyone, in their right mind, pick Linux over windows for gaming?!

Have you ever visited Slashdot?

eddman said,
I don't get it. A quick search at steam website shows there are 2320 windows compatible games in store, yet the number of Linux games is 252.

Why would anyone, in their right mind, pick Linux over windows for gaming?!

Well, you wouldn't. You consider Linux for other things, like better speed, a faster UI, more customization, and then you jump for joy when you realize that there's a Steam store with a large and growing list of games compatible for Linux.

People used to think the same thing about Android. Why in gods name would anyone choose Android over iOS, when iOS has 10x more apps and games available? Well people chose Android for reasons OTHER than the size of the app store, and the app store grew as a result.

moeburn said,

Well, you wouldn't. You consider Linux for other things, like better speed, a faster UI, more customization, and then you jump for joy when you realize that there's a Steam store with a large and growing list of games compatible for Linux.

People used to think the same thing about Android. Why in gods name would anyone choose Android over iOS, when iOS has 10x more apps and games available? Well people chose Android for reasons OTHER than the size of the app store, and the app store grew as a result.

Apples and oranges.

Majority of people buy phones mainly for calling, texting, internet browsing and some essential apps. Gaming comes last in their lists.

Steam is a gaming service and most gamers will choose the OS that has more games, unless as you said, someone is already using Linux.

I haven't replaced Windows with Linux for gaming, but I did recently upgrade what used to be an XP64 box to run Ubuntun 13 instead (kind of my general use system), and I'm thrilled that Steam now has a native Linux client. I'm hoping more games will get released that work across all supported operating systems. The more I can do on Linux the less often I'll need to power up the windows box...

Is it that Valve failed in Linux gaming because Steam wasn't that "Killer App" for Linux to finally de-thrown Windows?

Or, rather, is it that Valve succeeded because they made Steam users out of the Linux community?

Lord Method Man said,
Total Windows - 94.87%

Yeah, go Linux go. Steam on Linux was going to totally kill Windows.

I don't think anybody said that. Windows will be the primary PC gaming platform for the foreseeable future because it's the most prevalent OS. People aren't just going to dump their OS for the same experience on another platform.

Steam on Linux is Gabe hedging his bets in the event MS decides to drop "legacy" Desktop support from Windows 9+ and force everything to use Metro and the Windows Store. (similar to RT now). In such a world Steam would not be allowed to exist (just as rival stores don't exist on Apple or MS mobile platforms) so they are building a Linux version betting that if MS were to do that more people (gamers) would stick with Steam then move to a Metro only environment given they are going to lose "legacy" desktop apps either way. As long as MS retains Desktop app support though Steam on linux will never get close to steam on Windows.

There's no chance of them dropping the desktop interface. What they're concerned about is having the Microsoft account integrated into the OS which means Steam becomes redundant.

Asmodai said,
Steam on Linux is Gabe hedging his bets in the event MS decides to drop "legacy" Desktop support from Windows 9+ and force everything to use Metro and the Windows Store. (similar to RT now). In such a world Steam would not be allowed to exist (just as rival stores don't exist on Apple or MS mobile platforms) so they are building a Linux version betting that if MS were to do that more people (gamers) would stick with Steam then move to a Metro only environment given they are going to lose "legacy" desktop apps either way. As long as MS retains Desktop app support though Steam on linux will never get close to steam on Windows.

Do you know that MS totally allows you to put your own store app in Windows Store and change people for things you sell WITHOUT giving a share to MS (unlike Apple)?

Unless Valve is being an ass about it, there is nothing stopping them from porting Steam from desktop to Metro and not to pay MS anything except for the mere $19 (iirc) per year for developer license.

Crimson Rain said,

Do you know that MS totally allows you to put your own store app in Windows Store and change people for things you sell WITHOUT giving a share to MS (unlike Apple)?

Unless Valve is being an ass about it, there is nothing stopping them from porting Steam from desktop to Metro and not to pay MS anything except for the mere $19 (iirc) per year for developer license.


I'm not sure about Windows Store specifically but typically one of the rules of digital stores is you can't release an app in one store that is a store in itself in which you take a cut but the parent store doesn't. So even if Valve wanted to rewrite Steam in metro (which they don't and is no small feat even if they did) then I'm pretty sure MS wouldn't let them release it and take a cut of steam games without MS getting a cent. Even on Android which is pretty lax as far as digital stores go you can't release a store app in Google Play. That's why the Amazon App store is a side-load download instead of just an app you grab from the Play store.

Asmodai said,

I'm not sure about Windows Store specifically but typically one of the rules of digital stores is you can't release an app in one store that is a store in itself in which you take a cut but the parent store doesn't. So even if Valve wanted to rewrite Steam in metro (which they don't and is no small feat even if they did) then I'm pretty sure MS wouldn't let them release it and take a cut of steam games without MS getting a cent. Even on Android which is pretty lax as far as digital stores go you can't release a store app in Google Play. That's why the Amazon App store is a side-load download instead of just an app you grab from the Play store.

So you are arguing about something based on assumptions and you are pretty sure?

Please go and read the windows store rules. Thanks.

Crimson Rain said,

So you are arguing about something based on assumptions and you are pretty sure?

Please go and read the windows store rules. Thanks.


I'm not arguing anything. I'm restating some of the concerns Gabe has expressed. I personally don't care what Windows Store rules are because I have no intention of getting Windows 8 or 8.1. Maybe if I think the next version is worth the upgrade then I'll read the store rules then but it doesn't matter anyway. Microsoft controls the store and can change the rules at any time. Valve isn't going to rewrite Steam in Metro (or whatever they are calling it now) and distribute it through a rival store.