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Mac takes 8% of Steam usage share, Windows 7 passes XP

By Matthew
Jun 4, 2010
  1. It didn't take long for Windows 7 to pass Vista on Steam, but XP-powered machines represented a majority of those running Windows until last month. Although the decade-old operating system still clung to 33.44% of the share (down 4.81%), it was finally outpaced by Windows 7, which accounted for 35.92% of users on Steam.

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  2. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 546

    Well I am still on Vista, thats becuase I been Skint for almost a year. if it aint broke don't replace it. I still run most games on MAX settings. So my rig should last till end of year (untill Crysis 2 come out :p)
     
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,355   +402

    Multi GPU systems only account for 1.8% of users. There was someone arguing in the Geforce vs. Radeon comparison article from yesterday about dual nVidia cards and how they were better than sliced bread or something along those lines. Then many others quickly pointed out that people who are running dual cards is an extreme minority.

    I think these stats bear that out.
     
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    wow Intel has is 69.48.% of cpus on steam and nvidia has 61.88% and ATI only has 30.92%
     
  5. FrostBolt

    FrostBolt TS Rookie

    I hit cancel instead of submit on my hardware survey because it detected my hardware incorrectly. Not sure how accurate their results are...
     
  6. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Couple surprising statistics here, one being how fast Windows 7 overtook Vista & XP. I would have however imagined a higher adoption rate of 64bit Windows 7 over 32bit. The Mac usage stats seems about right I'd say and it wouldn't shock me if it eventually climbed into the lower teens given more time. But did Windows share really plummet here? Seems more like the Steam user base just grew as a whole more in the OSX department since it is now available. Also the DX11 share is tiny compared to DX10.

    @dustin I would guess that the average gamer lags a couple generations behind in upgrades. However the recent stats still show AMD at least declining while Intel is slightly growing =/ .
     
  7. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,166   +37

    I'm actually suprised AMD had such a percentage of cpus reported; I'd thought it be lower. And, no, I am in no way bashing AMD. For the gamer they have very good bang for the buck offerings.

    Also, the dual core processors appear to rule quite handily and the percentages while not suprising I would have thought the quads would have been a little stronger.

    Interesting on the Windows 7 64-bit having a 2 to 1 showing over the 32-bit 7.
     
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    I have never had a case of it detecting incorrectly on any of my machines. If anything I think it's something wrong with your machine,
     
  9. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Maniac Posts: 803   +9

    Your Vista may be fine, but I know more people who had issues with it than people who didn't. Hence: Windows 7.

    Anywho, I can see Mac climbing this list as more and more Mac users realize this is now available to them. It'll be interesting to see where this ends up.
     
  10. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 130

    I was surprised as well that AMD has such a large share of cpus, but I belive this is because A LOT of users play games on laptops where I belive AMD has the bigger share for gaming laptops
     
  11. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 130

    Yea I agree, you must have changed hardware and not uninstalled drivers properly, so the Steam hardware scanner detected traces of your oldhardware
     
     
  12. FrostBolt

    FrostBolt TS Rookie

    It didn't detect my crossfire. It said I have only one GPU, but my ATI Catalyst Control Center says I have crossfire and shows my GPUs. Device Manager in Windows shows my graphics adapters also. I can enable/disable it in control center and see the difference in performance, so I know it's working.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,906   +90

    possibly not princeton. I noticed the same thing and contacted Steam when I noticed that CODMW2 only used 2 of my 4 GPU's, and then ran their hardware detector and it did not even see CrossfireX. This was the response i received yesterday.

    It also detected something else in my system incorrectly (don't remember what it was at the moment) so they obviously have some tweaking to do on the survey.
     
  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Its ironic that they were giving Portal away to Mac (and Windows) users in honor of the launch, I wonder how many got the irony.
     
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +921

    I know what you mean, but you might consider rephrasing it anyway. At first glance, it seems to add up to 162.28%.
     
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    The Bear Stearns school of accounting
     
  17. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 130

    Actually it's correct
    Nvidia does not produce CPUS
    It should be obvious when he starts mentioning NVIDIA and ATI that he went over to talking about the graphics card share and not CPU share.
     
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    It's humour Deso, and a light urging to differentiate two seperate statistical groupings. You'll notice that cap'n starts his post with "I know what you mean, but you might consider rephrasing it anyway"
     
  19. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,166   +37

    Now that's funny.
     
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