It has been right round 9 months since Microsoft launched Windows 11 to the general public and through that point it has carved out a piece of avid gamers, in line with the most recent Steam survey. Valve’s month-to-month audit of Steam avid gamers exhibits that round one out of each 5 programs that tapped into the digital distribution service is operating Windows 11.
Before we go any additional with this evaluation, let’s discuss in regards to the survey itself. It’s necessary to notice that these month-to-month audits should not consultant of each Steam consumer. As Valve notes, participation is non-compulsory (and nameless), and it is not clear precisely what number of programs it pings each month. Certain components can skew the outcomes too, like pinging web cafes in China.
Nevertheless, these month-to-month surveys are in all probability the very best ongoing snapshots of gaming tendencies, each by way of {hardware} and software program. Valve actually takes them severely, noting “the information gathered is incredibly helpful to use as we make decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.”
So, what are we for the month of June? On the software program facet, Windows 11 (64-bit) gained some floor, rising 1.64 share factors to say a 21.23 % share Steam customers who have been surveyed. That’s nonetheless a distant second to Windows 10, which sits at 71.32 % (64-bit and 32-bit mixed). But it is going up, and it is means forward of the subsequent closest OS, that being Windows 7 with 3.17 % share (additionally 64-bit and 32-bit mixed).
What this means is that avid gamers are migrating to Windows 11 sooner than most of the people at massive. According to the latest knowledge by StatCounter, Windows 11 holds is put in on slightly below 11 % of all PCs operating Windows, versus Windows 7 at 11.54 % (and Windows 10 at 73.45 %).
It’s not actually an apples-to-apples comparability as a result of these numbers at StatCounter do not consider Linux and macOS. But that might widen the hole anyway, additional driving house the purpose that avid gamers are extra susceptible to improve their PC to Windows 11 than a typical consumer.
What’s additionally fascinating in regards to the newest Steam survey knowledge is extra avid gamers are operating a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card than some other GPU. The GeForce GTX 1060 ended June with a 7.02 % share of all GPUs pinged, adopted by the GeForce GTX 1650 at 6.51 %, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at 5.36 %, and eventually a GPU with devoted ray-tracing {hardware}, the GeForce RTX 2060 at 5.03 %.
We posted our GeForce GTX 1060 assessment on the identical day it launched to retail six years in the past. Those who purchased one on the time are nonetheless utilizing it have positively gotten their cash’s value. And in actuality, it is nonetheless a good GPU, albeit additionally a few generations behind and missing fancy facilities that solely RTX playing cards provide (Tensor cores and RT cores).
The RTX graphics chip from the present technology with the best share is definitely a cellular GPU, the GeForce RTX 3060 for laptops at 2.99 %. Less than half of the highest 20 GPUs are RTX fashions in Steam’s newest {hardware} survey. it will likely be fascinating to see if that adjustments within the subsequent few months following a crypto crash that made GPUs extra reasonably priced and out there once more.