Valve’s Steam is by far the most widely-used game distribution platform in the world. So, Valve performs hardware and software analyses to determine which operating system is most used by gamers, to play Steam games on. And you can guess, Microsoft’s operating systems are the most popular operating systems among Steam users, with 95% of the share.
And Microsoft’s operating systems are leading some sort of an ‘internal battle’ for the most used operating system for Steam in the world. Steam Hardware & Software Survey for February shows that Windows 7 64-bit is still the most popular operating system among Steam gamers, but Microsoft’s latest offering, Windows 10, is coming closer every month, and it’s looking to take over Windows 7’s spot very soon.
Windows 10 is now used by 35% of Steam gamers
As we said, a 64-bit version of Windows 7 is still on top with 34.21%, and Windows 7 32-bit’s 7.80%, it holds 42.01% of usage, which is more than any other operating system. But, Windows 10 64-bit is coming close, as it now has 34.01% of the share, making it 35.31% in general, with Windows 10 32-bit’s 1.30%.
In a previous report by Valve, Windows 10 64-bit got usage of 32.77%, which tells us that this operating system is constantly on the rise, and we will definitely witness it claims the top spot in the next few months. These results are not surprising at all, because Microsoft put a lot of effort into optimizing Windows 10 to be the best operating system for playing games so far.
Here are the results of Valve’s survey for February:
Microsoft is going to be satisfied if Windows 10 becomes the leading operating system for gamers, because the company puts a lot of effort in convincing people to upgrade to Windows 10, and the fact that it’s the best gaming operating system, will surely attract a lot of users (gamers).
But, Microsoft wants to develop its own game distribution platform in form of the Windows Store. Big names, like Tomb Raider, Gears of War, and Killer Instinct already started to appear in the Store, but unfortunately, Microsoft has a long road to travel until Windows Store becomes a respectful game distribution platform, because there are still a lot of issues that need to be resolved.
Are you already using Windows 10 to play your Steam games, and what is your favorite Steam game of all time? Tell us in the comments.