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Gamers have more often Windows 8 installed than regular users

Posted at 04 February 2013 17:58 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Windows 8 is popular with gamers as 8.76% of the Steam users are running the operating system. For average computer users Windows 8 has a market share of 2.26%.  Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software their customers are using.

Participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous but gives a nice insight in market shares. It reveals that Windows 7 is still by far the most popular operating system, it’s used by almost 70% of the gamers.  Only a handful of gamers is still using Windows Vista, nearly 6% is still using it. And Apple is nowhere to be seen as a game platform, all Apple operating systems combined are good for around 4%.

When it comes to hardware, Nvidia and Intel are still strong leaders. Nvdia cards are installed in more than 50% of the gaming rigs, while AMD cards can be found in 34% of the systems. Intel CPUs are used on 73% of the systems and AMD CPUs can be found on 27% of the PCs. Most gamers (29%) use a resolution of 1920×1080 but almost an equal amount (21%) is running at 1366×768. More information can be found on the Steam website.

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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 04 Feb 13 18:27
    But more research is needed in this be sure to eliminate mistake and get to the real data track.

    Quote:
    Participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous but gives a nice insight in market shares.
    Sounds good but this type of survey is representative in part to Steam user and since its anonymous and the same person could vote more then once-we won't know for sure. Thus skewing the results good or bad. But generally W8 has a creditability problem to overcome.

    Quote:
    It reveals that Windows 7 is still by far the most popular operating system, it’s used by almost 70% of the gamers.
    Another startling info as well but never mentioned on this posting...
    TSJnachos117
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 04 Feb 13 23:51
      I wouldn't call 7's continued popularity "startling", as I completely expected it. But, that's just me.
      tmc8080
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 05 Feb 13 01:26
        All this proves is these users "BOUGHT" a gaming box.. with win8 built-in.. if the users had to CHOOSE an operating system.. most would not upgrade.. there is no benefit to W8 at the moment. Not even direct-x 12...
        debro
        Blown to smitherines
        Posted on: 05 Feb 13 02:40
          Or bought an upgrade edition of windows 8 .... depending on how old that survey was, the gamers may have been running the win8 beta, or RC edition ...

          Avid gamers are interested in maximum framerates, and Many have been interested in performance of their rig under windows 8.

          I know that amd drivers from 12.3 to 12.11 caused my win8 install to *not work* .....

          Also, gamers are commonly much more aware of hardware and software development than the average consumer ....
          CharmedonWB
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 05 Feb 13 05:56
            Good point debro but you also forgot to mention that a lot of gamers build their own gaming box.
            debro
            Blown to smitherines
            Posted on: 05 Feb 13 10:06
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
              Good point debro but you also forgot to mention that a lot of gamers build their own gaming box.
              Close.
              Gamers continuously rebuild their rigs
              coolcolors
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 05 Feb 13 16:50
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by debro
                Close.
                Gamers continuously rebuild their rigs
                But also keep stable O/S that works and they can customize...and keep stable with their GPU....
                coolcolors
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 05 Feb 13 16:55
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
                  Good point debro but you also forgot to mention that a lot of gamers build their own gaming box.
                  I was a hardcore gamer but since works take alot of time for 2 jobs that went to the wayside but I still occasionally game when I have time. But for me it was Stable O/S and HQ GPU and good components that worked together. Research is the basic to begin to be a hardcore gamers you know what you want and what works with what hardware to get the best performance for the money you spend and that isn't cheap money or cheap hardware for that matter. If the O/S is flaky and can't be customized then it is garbage. Quad core is good to have but unless the game uses Quad or 8 core that can waste more power then it helps as well. But if you want it then go for it but your Game won't use it - it comes down to CPU GHZ and GPU speed that will win for you besides RAM as well. Those three working in harmony will always best factory made unless it's a customized game rig but regular store bought won't be able to compete.
                  Steve33
                  MyCE Member
                  Posted on: 05 Feb 13 19:44
                    Microsoft wishes W8 is popular with any group.
                    tmc8080
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 08 Feb 13 01:45
                      As always, canaries in the coalmine with cash to burn..
                      Not even Microsoft is touting Win8 as being MORE stable than Win7...
                      For Gaming or anything else.. if they did it would be a lie.
                      coolcolors
                      MyCE Resident
                      Posted on: 08 Feb 13 05:31
                        I do have games that punt when trying to run on W7 aka Age of Empires III. I still love this game but W7 balks and says hey what are you trying to do. Be nice if they made a newer Age of Empires IV but I doubt it. I played Neverwinter Nights 2 and expansion on W7 and love it for Dx11 and extra performance and heating the whole house as well... lol... But XP was my old gaming setup before going W7. Just some old games that worked with XP will no longer be able to work with W7. Oh well....But NVN2 and a recent one Avencast is my next journey.... Oh, and I don't WOW or other games requiring online payments that to me just kills the fun of the gaming and having fun....
                        debro
                        Blown to smitherines
                        Posted on: 09 Feb 13 09:09
                          Aoe3 runs on windows 7, run as administrator, and turned off themes, and win xp compatibility.

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