Valve has released the latest results from its monthly hardware and software survey showing the dominant preferences among Steam customers.
According to the August 2022 report, Windows 11 is climbing the ladder again after a slight slump in July 2022. Valve says this latest Microsoft operating system has pivoted to greater popularity and scored 2.66 points, hitting an all-time high of 23.78%.
It’s too early to predict when Windows 11 will become the most popular operating system on Steam. However, the gap between the seven-year-old Windows 10 and the relatively young Windows 11 is gradually closing. In August 2022, the share of Windows 10 decreased significantly: from 73.11% to 69.06% (-4.11 points).
Among other things, it’s worth noting that about 2.6% of Steam users don’t care that Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 almost three years ago. What’s more, good old Windows 7 scored 0.56 in August 2022, securing it as the third most popular operating system.
Overall, Windows accounts for 96.23% of Steam users (-0.8 points). Apple’s macOS has 2.5% (+0.76 points) and Linux is third with 1.27% (+0.04 points).
OS rating looks like this:
Windows 10 64-bit – 69.06% (-4.11 points) Windows 11 – 23.78% (+2.66 points) Windows 7 – 2.6% (+0.56 points) macOS – 2.5 % (+0.76 points) Linux – 1.27% (+0.04 points)
The second part of the report talks about the hardware. For the first time in a very long time, six-core processors have become the most popular choice. While Intel and AMD multi-core processors are available like never before, two-thirds of the customers surveyed use processors with six and four cores. The picture is similar with graphics processors: the most popular video cards are models of the middle and budget price segment from NVIDIA.