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Steam Hardware & Software Survey July 2021 results: Windows 7 holds the line

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What you need to know

  • Every month, Steam releases its userbase's hardware and software data via survey results.
  • July 2021's data is now live.
  • The trends from previous months have continued.

Steam Hardware & Software Survey July 2021 results are in, and they're... well, they're not earth-shattering. In fact, they're more or less just a continuation of the trends we saw forming in previous months. For example: The fun of Windows 7 (64-bit) controlling 4.88% of the Steam ecosystem's OS makeup in June has continued at a steady clip into July, with the big W7 (still 64-bit) now powering 5.48% of the computers owned and operated by Steam-friendly gaming geeks.

Other continuing trends include NVIDIA absolutely obliterating AMD in the GPU market share sector, which should surprise no one given that it's been that way for a long, long time and nothing momentous has happened to disrupt the status quo when it comes to the best graphics cards.

AMD was also unable to regain its CPU figures from May, wherein it briefly held over 30% control of the Steam userbase's CPU makeup. Though July results show AMD inching back up to the 30% line, it's still not there, meaning over seven out of every ten gamers roll with Intel and there's nothing the red team can do about it.

VR stats continue their similar monthly trends as well, with the total amount of Steam users with VR headsets having jumped to 2.07%, which is a 0.21% increase over last month. In a shocking upset, Steam users rolling with Sony PlayStation VR units went down by 0.03%, bringing the total amount of Steamers rocking a PSVR headset down to 0.16%, a number that beats out the Pimax 8K's 0.12% and HTC Vive Elite's 0.08% shares of the market as of July 2021.

Maybe next month will have spicier results. For now, July 2021's metrics keep things relatively normal.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • Still over 100 million active windows 7 machines out there. Some folk love that OS. Windows 11 is gonna scare the bejeezus outta them when they finally upgrade
  • I doubt many Windows 7 machines are capable of running Windows 11.
  • Yes, due to secure boot and TPM requirements of Windows 11, many machines that are 4 years old or older will not be compatible with Windows 11
  • it's not Windows 8
  • Just like Windows XP was still used several years after support ended, people still using Windows 7 as it very loved OS.
  • Majority of Windows 10 users will stick to it even after the support ends as well XD