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Windows 10 shows strong progress in latest Steam survey

by Mark Tyson on 4 July 2016, 10:01

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Valve, Windows 10

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Windows 10 was already the number one platform on Steam. That milestone was passed back in April when it toppled Windows 7 from the pedastal. In the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey Windows 10 cements its position, with a 3.4 per cent gain, and is in fact the only OS version to experience any growth at all.

Looking at the figures from the most recent month, Windows 10 holds 44.5 per cent of the Steam user base. The next most popular OS, Windows 7, is installed on about 37 per cent of Steam user machines - but that number is down over 2 per cent from the previous month. With the free Windows 10 upgrade deadline looming it will be interesting to see the OS landscape change shown in the next survey.

There's other interesting trends outlined in the most recent Steam Hardware and Software Survey. Looking at GPUs, Nvidia continues to grow. In June Nvidia cards were fitted in 56.7 per cent of Steam user machines. AMD and Intel graphics were reported in 25.1 and 17.8 per cent of machines respectively.

Perhaps the most dramatic graph of change, in the most recent Steam Hardware and Software Survey, concerns VR hardware. In the time between April and the end of June HTC has done exceptionally well to reverse its market position. In the most recent figures 66 per cent of VR headset users on Steam have adopted the HTC Vive. Meanwhile, the Oculus Rift and DK2 own 34 per cent of the Steam user market between them.



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Non-story.
No-one can buy Windows 7, OSX is a dead duck, and Windows 10 is still forcing itself on the unwilling.

I would be astonished if the statistics showed anything else.
still prefer 7 over 10…
I installed Windows 10 from an ISO (not an upgrade) the other week. Every single game I tried resulted in crashes after anything from 30 seconds to 20 minutes, depending on the game.

After a couple of hours of fiddling I decided it wasn't worth the effort, restored my Windows 8.1 image and went on my merry way.
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Cougho;3670300']I installed Windows 10 from an ISO (not an upgrade) the other week. Every single game I tried resulted in crashes after anything from 30 seconds to 20 minutes, depending on the game. …

Then there's something wrong with some aspect of your hardware or driver set up, frankly. Entire family game on Windows 10, and we don't have any issues with any games. Not saying we don't occasionally have issues with Windows 10, mind you ;) But I would suggest your experience is not typical, and your game crashes are not actually due to Windows 10 itself.
This might sound very arrogant, but somehow I always thought Steam users were a bit smarter and more foresighted. Apparently, the words “free” and “DirectX12” carry more weight than common sense, though.