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Steam sees more growth with Linux gamers, and Windows 11 popularity surges

The variety of Linux avid gamers active on Steam proceeds to increase heading by the most up-to-date hardware survey from Valve for November, and has now reached one.sixteen% – plus there is been a significant increase for Windows 11 adoption (additional on that later on).

Since April 2021, the volume of Linux avid gamers on Steam has held on heading upwards, so that’s 7 straight months of development – with the figure crossing the one% adoption mark 5 months ago, and (clearly) remaining earlier mentioned that degree since.

Admittedly in November, there was only a quite slight uptick of .03%, but that’s nevertheless an increase, having Linux to one.sixteen% as talked about.

Presumably the additional recent raises are at the very least partly down to the Steam Deck impact, with additional people checking out Linux as an substitute gaming system in advance of the handheld’s launch.


Assessment: Steam Deck could spark larger rises nevertheless – and watch out for Windows 11, also

Gaming on Linux, which spotted this, observes that at the time the Steam Deck in fact will come out, that could stoke adoption figures to a bigger degree – depending on whether or not Valve counts the products (or instead, Steam OS three-driven hardware) in its figures. Bear in mind, it didn’t with Steam Equipment, but offered Valve’s really organization insistence on internet marketing the Steam Deck as a Laptop – just a smaller, handheld one particular – we’d consider it’ll be up for inclusion in the every month reports.

As we’ve said prior to, this is the initial time in many years that Linux has exceeded the one% mark of OS adoption on Steam, and funnily plenty of, the very last time this transpired was when Proton – the compatibility layer that facilitates jogging Windows game titles in Linux (and with the Steam Deck) – was initial released by Valve.

Possibly we could see Linux driven in the direction of the two% mark, or even a scenario wherever it commences to challenge macOS as the second most-utilised working method in Steam – Apple’s system is now on two.7%.

The broad bulk of avid gamers are, of training course, employing Windows, and primarily Windows ten, but with the most up-to-date figures for November, a significant shift has commenced to occur with numerous additional people going to Windows 11.

Windows 11 was on one.82% in October’s survey, and has now leapt up to 8.28%, with Microsoft earning the OS out there to a fantastic numerous additional PCs as of mid-November. If that kind of pace proceeds, the January Steam hardware survey could see all over 20% of avid gamers on Windows 11.