Windows 10 is used by more Steam gamers than Mac OS or Linux

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It’s not even a week old, but Microsoft’s new operating system is already making ripples in the Steam ecosystem. Small ripples, admittedly, but a disturbance all the same. The latest Steam hardware survey reveals that Windows 10 is used by more Steam users than Mac and Linux OSs combined. 

The July hardware survey reveals that 2.3% of Steam users had Windows 10, with 2.21% of that being the 64-bit variant and 0.09% being the 32-bit version. 

In comparison, Linux makes up just 0.89% of all Steam users’ OSs, and Mac’s OSX makes up 3.23% of the whole user base. So only a very tiny amount of PC players use Mac or Linux, although that’s hardly news. 

Windows 7 64-bit still remains the biggest OS with 44.91% of the userbase, but Windows 10 has already overtaken the 32-bit versions of Windows 8.1, 8, and both variants of Vista. In some ways this isn't surprising considering the huge impact Windows 10 has had, having being installed on 14 million PCs in just 24 hours

Thanks, Windows Central.

Update: Figures for Linux and Mac OSX were incorrectly reported as 0.02% and 0.01%. They have now been corrected. 

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End0rphine Avatar
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2 Years ago

People still use the 32-bit edition?

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Deadite Avatar
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2 Years ago

That's quite alarming, given the privacy issues in Windows 10. I wonder what percentage of those users actually went into the custom settings and turned off the 'features' that sends things like your typing data and browser history to MS.

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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2 Years ago

Even if you turn those "features" off, are they really 100% turned off? And can they be quietly enabled again without the user's knowledge or consent? How much do we really trust Microsoft?

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nu1mlock Avatar
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2 Years ago

While I went into the settings and turned the things I didn't like off, I have no issues sharing my personal information with Microsoft, just as I have no issues sharing my information with Google using my Android phone making my life much easier than not sharing anything.

But then again I live in Sweden where our "important" information (like social security number, income etc.) is already public and it doesn't hurt us at all.

I don't have anything to hide so I have no issues with it.

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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2 Years ago

Rather, you don't think you have anything to hide, but give someone the opportunity to root through your personal life and they're bound to find something you'd rather stayed hidden.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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2 Years ago

Who, of these people or organisations, you talk about, would find something that I'd prefer stay hidden?

Microsoft? The US government? I really can't care less about the US finding out how I spend my vacation or how many games I purchase or which kind of porn me and my girlfriend enjoy together.

I have exactly nothing to hide and it's not like they gather everything. But sure, if you're afraid or paranoid, don't upgrade to Windows 10. And don't keep Windows 7 because - under the hood, who knows what they collect - and don't keep anything Microsoft or Google or Apple related, who knows, right?

Linux is always an alternative.

Better yet, do as my carpenter. He's paranoid so he doesn't even own a computer and believe that anyone will have access to his bank account even though that actually impossible due to reasons not worth going through here. That might just be the bst option - just in case.

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Mountain_Man replied to nu1mlock
2 Years ago

Don't be one of those white knights who pretends his life is squeaky clean. Think of it this way: If Microsoft has access to your personal details then potentially EVERYBODY has access to it. It's just a security breech away. "I have nothing to hide" is not the same as saying "I want my life to be an open book." And, yes, it does bother me that Google actively collects our personal data.

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Shriven Avatar
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2 Years ago

Still the one to beat.

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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2 Years ago

Only 0.01% use OSX, and 0.02% use Linux? That doesn't sound right. It's far too low. Might want to double check this figures.

Actually, yeah, you're looking at the percent of change. Linux is currently at 0.89%, up +0.02%, and OSX is at 3.23%, up +0.01%.

So still far behind Windows, but with over 12-million users, even 0.89% is a significant number of potential customers.

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Matt Purslow Avatar
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2 Years ago

You're absolutely right, my fault on the figures. They've been updated to read correctly now.

Thanks for pointing it out!

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NihlusGreen Avatar
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2 Years ago

I can understand upgrades from Vista and 8.

Go forth and beta test for me!

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