“Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using,” Steam explains.
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Based on its latest survey findings, around 43% of users access Steam using a Windows 10-based machine, while other Windows versions have faced a drop. Around 31% of gamers use Windows 7, while 1.8% still use Windows XP.
Windows 10 took over as Steam’s most popular OS back in April 2016.
All in all, around 95% of all Steam users access the service on Windows, but Apple MacOS’s still leading Linux distros — 3.6% plays around 0.8%.
Interestingly, Ubuntu remains the most popular Linux distro with Steam users, with Linux Mint a close second.
Other interesting non-OS facts suggest that 8GB of RAM is the most common configuration (32.5% of users), while a vast majority (47%) of users boast dual-core CPUs. Quad-core CPUs prove next popular, with 45% of users boasting double the cores.
In terms of VR headsets, the HTC Vive is currently leading the Oculus Rift by just 0.1% in terms of the total number of Steam users. When narrowing those numbers down to users who own VR headsets, the Vive [66%] boasts a bigger user base than Oculus [34%]. Overall, only around 0.21% of Steam users taking part in the survey boast a virtual reality headset.
Granted Steam suggests that “participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous,” so these stats don’t completely represent the entire Steam user base. Still, it makes for pretty interesting reading.
Have a look at the complete set of graphs and figures here.
Update, 6 July, 3.20pm: clarified the user statistics of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets.