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February Steam hardware survey: Rift moves ahead of Vive, GTX 1060 remains top GPU

By midian182 ยท 4 replies
Mar 5, 2018
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  1. It’s that time of the month when the Steam Hardware survey is thrust upon us. The biggest news from February’s figures is that the Oculus Rift has overtaken the HTC Vive as the most popular PC-powered VR headset among users of Valve's platform.

    Up until December 2017, Oculus had lagged behind HTC in the Steam survey. But the Facebook-owned company managed to overtake its rival during the holidays by just 0.01 percent, before losing its lead one month later. In February, the two swapped placed again: just over 47 percent of Steam users now pick the Rift as their primary VR headset for the PC, while 45 percent of gamers prefer the Vive.

    It’s worth remembering that the figures don't paint a 100 percent accurate picture of the virtual reality headset market. Steam users have to opt-in to the survey to take part, and neither Oculus nor Facebook has revealed official sales figures for their products.

    HTC has gone through a series of difficulties these last few months. The company was reportedly considering getting out of the VR business altogether back in August, but still revealed its standalone headset, the Vive Focus, three months later. And although the updated Vive Pro headset was unveiled in January, it was also reported that HTC was merging its smartphone and VR divisions, leading to layoffs in the US.

    There was little change in other areas of the Steam survey. The GTX 1060 remains the most popular GPU among users, though the GTX 750 Ti has moved into second place ahead of the GTX 960. And while its popularity is dropping slightly, simplified Chinese remains the most common language among users, thanks mostly to the country’s love of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. It's also why Windows 7 64-bit remains the most popular OS.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Maniac Posts: 261   +174

    The 1060 and 1070 tend to be in the sub-$1000 off-the-shelf desktops. while the cripto mining crisis has placed the 1080 in more expensive >$1000 machines.

    It comes as no surprise to me that many new players to market are using 1060 cards.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,973   +1,321

    Am I missing something? No link to the February survey, just links to older articles?
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,617   +986

    Still wondering why Steam decided my 22" monitor was 19"..bug?
  5. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Guru Posts: 465   +484

    Just 3% of CPUs using four or more cores is hardly surprising since it took quads ten years to pass dual core CPUs for majority but the 9% of CPUs being AMD is

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