Windows 11 is close to becoming the most popular OS on Steam

While Windows 11 continues to gain users (according to third-party statistical services), the OS is still quite far from its predecessor, which will soon cease official support. However, in the gaming realm, Windows 11 seems to be doing much better. In its latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey, Valve reports that Windows 11 is very close to becoming the most popular operating system on Steam.

In June 2024, Windows 11 increased its market share by 0.55 points, now holding 46.63%, trailing less than 3% behind Windows 10. Meanwhile, Windows 10 lost 0.93 points and currently holds about 49.42% of all Windows users on Steam.

Windows 7 and 8.1 are still hanging on. The 64-bit version of Windows 7 has 0.4% (+0.02), and the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 has 0.08%. Overall, 96.61% of all survey participants reported using Windows for gaming on Steam (+0.40%). Linux is in second place with 2.08% (-0.24), and macOS is third with 1.31% (-0.16).

For those unfamiliar, the Steam Hardware & Software Survey is a monthly survey conducted by Valve to help developers better understand the market, optimize their products, and more:

“Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. Participation in the survey is optional and anonymous. The collected information is incredibly helpful to us as we make decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.”

Here is what happened with hardware in June 2024:

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