24% of Steam users have switched to Windows 11

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  • Steam is by far the most popular gaming store/interface/platform in the world.
  • Valve published documents revealing that more Steam users run Windows 11.
  • Even though Windows 10 is the OS of choice, almost 24% of people switched.
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We are approaching one year since the latest Microsoft-designed operating system, Windows 11, has been officially released to the public.

Since then, Microsoft has been hard at work improving the new OS and enhancing the user experience across the board.

If you also switched to Windows 11, we can teach you how to update drivers on Windows 11, or maybe even how to make your Bluetooth devices auto-connect, or how to debloat Windows 11.

Right now, however, we are going to focus on gaming on the new operating system. And, speaking of gaming, you might be interested in the best mouse settings for improved gaming on Windows 11.

You can’t really mention PC gaming without adding the word Steam to that sentence. Let’s have a look at how many Steam users have adopted Windows 11.

A lot more Steam users upgraded to Windows 11

You might not know yet, but Valve has published the latest results of its monthly Hardware & Software Survey, which shows dominant preferences among Steam customers.

And, according to the August 2022 report, Windows 11 is back climbing the ladder after a small devline in July 2022.

The creators of the Steam platform state that Microsoft’s latest operating system has made a U-turn and gained 2.66 points, reaching an all-time high of 23.78%.

That being said, remember that it’s still a bit too early to predict when Windows 11 will become the most popular operating system on Steam.

This big gap between seven-year-old Windows 10 and relatively young Windows 11 is slowly decreasing, as more and more users are getting comfortable with Windows 11.

We say that because, back in August 2022, Windows 10 experienced a significant decrease, going down from 73.11% to 69.06%, which is 4.11%.

This means that about 2.6% of Steam users don’t really care that Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows 7 almost three years ago.

You should also know that the ancient Windows 7 actually gained 0.56% in August 2022, thus securing the third most popular OS title.

As you saw from the picture above, overall, Windows holds 96.23% of Steam users. Apple’s macOS has 2.5%, and Linux is third with 1.27%.

Steam Hardware Survey – August 2022
Processors Intel AMD Microsoft
67.91% (+1.65) 32.6% (-1.67) 0.02% (+0.01)
Physical Cores 6 cores 4 cores 8 cores
33.04% (-0.72) 31.29 (-0.65) 18.97% (-0.53)
Memory 16 GB 8 GB 32 GB
51.22% (-2.03) 22.36% (+1.19) 13.13% (-0.28)
Graphics Cards Nvidia AMD Intel
76.21% 14.67% 8.92%
Graphics Cards Models NVIDIA GTX 1060 NVIDIA GTX 1650 NVIDIA RTX 2060
6.39% (-0.57) 6.03% (-0.16) 4.85% (-0.13%)
Graphics Cards Memory 8 GB 6 GB 4 GB
25.22% (-0.8) 20.84% (-0.3) 16.09% (-1.15)
Monitor Resolution 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 1366 x 768
65.74% (-1.36) 10.92% (-0.56) 6.23% (+0.98)

Another interesting fact is that, for the first time in a very long time, six-core processors are the most popular choice.

Although multicore processors from Intel and AMD are affordable like never before, two-thirds of surveyed customers use CPUs with six and four cores.

The bottom line here is that the most popular graphics cards are mid-range and budget models from NVIDIA, which was totally expected.

Are you also using Steam on Windows 11? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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