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Valve's Steam Survey shows that Windows 7 remains the most popular gaming operating system

If you belong to the “PC Master Race” (see meme) when it comes to gaming, then there is a good chance you are still running Windows 7 instead of Microsoft’s latest operating system. For those of you who love both PC gaming and Windows 8 – you will be interested to know that Steam usage data for the past month shows almost a fifth of those utilizing the Steam client are now using the new O.S.

Valve’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey for November shows that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users total a combination of 18.45%, which is down slightly from the previous month's 18.69%. Of course with such a slight change, differences in responses or other statistical anomalies could throw that off making the number virtually unchanged. 

Windows 7 holds a strong 51.76% percent and the remaining approximate 30% of users are using a combination of Vista, Linux (Ubuntu, Mint), and Mac OS X.

Are you part of the “PC Master Race” – what Windows O.S. do you game with?

Source: Steam; via WinBeta

95 Comments
  • When MSFT will buy Valve? mean in order to complete the PC experience.
  • That'd imply Valve is for sale, which there's zero indication of. They're a strong, independent company, and it's not clear what benefit would be conferred upon them by selling themselves to MS, in fact, it's quite the opposite. 
  • That would be horrible. We don't need everything to be under one umbrella.
  • No, it will kill half life 3
  • Or make Half Life 3 exclusive to PC and Xbox One ;)
  • Maybe once they prove to be successful on Linux or any mobile platform.
  • Gabe is already wildly rich and hates MS (his former employer) with a passion.  MS would have to have him ... removed ... before they could ever hope to buy Valve.
  • Funny that as Gabe originally pitched Steam to MS...
  • Yes, I could sense the hate, but I did not know he used to work for MS.   So is that why he was such an asshat when it came to gaming on Windows 8 and why he is now so hot for Linux? I can't say he's on my good side...
  • Yeah so Microsoft can fuck it up as they fucked up Games for Windows Live? No thanks. Ans I still haven't forgotten how they screwed over people who invested in AOEO.  
  • MSFT just tried to implement a Steam like system on Xbox One and people lost their minds. Why would they buy Valve?
  • Part of the Windows 8.1 ultra race. 
  • +8.1 *secret handshake* ;)
  • +2
  • +8.1
  • +8.1
  • 8.1 Why don't I know the secret handshake?   I only play the Xbox 360 on the side.   IT'S NOTHING SERIOUS, I LOVE MY PC!!!
  • +1 on Lenovo Z500. NVIDIA's latest drivers are optimized for 8.1 i believe and the dx11.2
  • +8.1
  • Agreed, that's me
  • +5 same here.
  • 8.1 here.
    Custom built PC.
    AMD Radeon HD 7990, i7-4770k, 16GB 2400MHz ram. Dual SSD's. Proud of it.
  • How do you like that 7990.. I'm running 2 7870's in crossfire awesome frame rates and can run everything on max setting but pumps out soo much heat that I haven't put the side of my tower back on.
  • No doubbbt fuck. Makes my system look like a little bitch. i5 2500k oc 5Ghz. Asus gtx570dcu2. 12. GB ram oc 1666mhz 1 ssd :P
  • Too bad Valve hates MS...
    I freaking love Valve...
  • microsoft just need to give them the permission to have a win8 store app that can install other apps that way everyone will be happy. 
  • I don't really care for a win8 app but a WP app would be great
  • There's nothing stopping them from doing it Valve is just butthurt.
  • I don't know about all of Valve. Gabe is definitely butthurt.
  • Gabe Newell has been butthurt for some time because Valve wants to own the customers. There latest attempt with SteamOS and a linux console will be interesting to watch.  I believe it will be a niche, but we will see.  They are attempting to also create their own version of Xbox Live. If you go over to Polygon.com there is a great long article on how Xbox Live came to be...I don't know if Steam can do what MS did after reading the article.  That, with the fact that the SteamOS is suppose to run on any hardware with no specs, I am not sure publishers will go for that
  • SteamOS will and must be a fail, to meny developers have spent lifetimes in learning NT and DirectX API... Now reboot to GNU/OpenGL...
  • 8.1 all the way. So many great new features for desktop computing, not sure why you'd want to stay on 7.
  • I have and use 8 since day one of beta. However some video card drivers were not ready at 8.0 time frame. This made some of mine and friends machines game performace drop. So we keep 7 for our gaming desktops. Since then however 8.1 and new drivers story has changed for us. However many that tried 8 for gaming may not come back until 9. 
  • Just more confirmation that "reasons" for not liking 8 are misinformed and stupid. I mean, I guarantee the performance drop was because beta drivers, if even that! Drivers designed for 7 is more likely. There are a few isolated cases where some outdated hardware performs worse under 8.0 and the manufacturer doesn't care to update the driver. Otherwise, 8.0 regularly performs better than 7 even before 8.1.
  • Yup. There's massive improvements in fps and reliability as a whole with 8.1 vs 7. I can play games that lagged on Win7 on Win8 now.
  • Geforce drivers are heavily broken for 8.1. Like sli not working, constant crashes and web browsers not working properly. Wouldn't recommend to update to 8.1 if you use NVIDIA hardware.
  • Incorrect. Your system must be screwed up royally. I have two different computers with nvidia geforce cards, one is sli. The drivers are fine- the problem is with your PC. Sorry :(
  • Hmm that is interesting. I now game more with my windows 8 laptop because of graphics card but sometimes I guess it's nice to play on a bigger screened desktop Team Fortress 2 or something :P that has windows 7, but I love windows 8.1. Truly an amazing experience all around
  • 8.1, better performance than 7
  • Not on my PC.
  • Drivers, drivers, drivers...
  • Yeah, 8.1 and even 8.0 are objectively faster than 7. If you aren't experiencing that, you have some sort of hardware/driver conflict.
  • Xbox One all the way. I always preferred console gaming. Any PC gaming I do will be on my Surface RT, playing Xbox fir Windows 8 games. Also, #SaveXboxWP por favor.
  • I'd suggest hiding in the basement for a while.   I CANT BELIEVE YOU SAID THAT. While I prefer my multiplayer Mass Effect 3 on the Xbox 360, pretty much everything else I prefer to play on the PC.
  • I have 8.1. But I understand why a gamer would only change OS when they buy a new computer.
    I normally ensemble all my PCs piece by piece and when I do I buy an OEM version of Windows. Most gamers do the same.
  • Well, I have dual-boot... W8 and W7. I haven't bothered to setup steam in W8 yet so I just boot into W7 for that.
  • Why would anyone stick with a technically inferior OS? Almost all of the UI-glitches MSFT introduced can be overcome with 3rd party software ...
  • I prefer the metro interface, but yeah I tell that to everyone who refuses to switch to 8- there's no reason to not switch. Everything you hate can be undone, performance and everything else is objectively better, etc etc. It usually comes down to no one actually has a valid reason to not switch to 8, they've just jumped on the hate MS bandwagon and are obstinate, stubborn, and stupid.
  • Not true. Charms bar sucks, poor multi-monitor support with metro & desktop, poor metro task switching on non-touch devices, learning curve for all the new stuff and how to find the hidden options etc. At the end of the day Windows 7 is a perfect OS - why should people switch and go through the software reinstall agony if it isn't broken? I don't see any 'must have' features in W8 except maybe faster boot times. Before you ask, yes I have W8 at home. I use W7 all day at work and it's still a joy to use.
  • You obviously haven't actually used 8 fairly (sounds more like you're resentfully pretending to give it a chance just so you can say you "used" it for internet arguments). Most of the stuff you said is factually inaccurate to boot...
  • Nonsense - I use it every day at home, as I said. There's nothing factually inaccurate about anything I said - go ahead and prove otherwise. Try having a full-screen metro app and use something on your second monitor. It often jumps the full-screen metro app out - you have to have it at a maximum of 3/4 width to stop that from happening. The charms bar is truly awful - not a day goes by where I don't accidentally half-trigger it, and then it's painfully slow to show when I actually want it to. It's such a stupid idea to hide half of the options in the charms bar. There's no denying W8 requires training - even veterans need to know where the hidden charm bar is, where the hidden app-switcher is, and how to close full-screen apps - it's not obvious or intuitive to move your mouse to the corners hoping for something to happen. Even after 8.1 I don't think it was really made with desktop users in mind, especially with more than 1 monitor. I've used it on a touch-tablet and it was amazing by comparison.
  • You're either willfully ignorant, or just dim. To address multi monitor- only 8.1 added proper multi monitor function for metro apps, but 8.0 added desktop multi monitor features 7 didn't have and generally is just better suited than 7 for multiple monitors because of said added support. In 8.1 no app will pop out of fullscreen and everything works as expected. Multi monitor support is objectively improved in 8.0 and properly fixed for metro in 8.1- your claim that 8 is bad for multi monitor is just pure stupidity.   The charms bar (and the app switcher) is both easy to trigger intentionally, easy to not accidentally trigger, and easy to turn off. Your complaints are warrentless. The gesture btw is pointing the mouse in the corner and dragging down. If you put the mouse in the corner without dragging down, it will pop out after a short delay, which I believe is what you're doing based on your description. If such a motion is too complex for you, just disable the hotcorners and use the keyboard shortcut, win+c. Not that complicated.   To address your earlier comment, 8 not only has faster boot times, but is generally leaner and faster than 7. There are an abundance of under the hood improvements to the core system that make it all around better than 7 in a lot of technical aspects it would take several pages to describe. Not to mention the new standards and features built into the system now (skydrive, dlna, improved handwriting support, improved multi monitor support, improved system restore and file backup features, improved task manager, etc etc etc). If 7 is perfect, then 8 is better than perfect. What's more- you can completely disable metro and get a clone of the 7 start menu if you absolutely must- use 7's workflow with all the advantages of 8. Or use one of the hundreds of 3rd party launchers (I like FARR).  
  • First of all, there's no need to be so bloody rude. It is possible to have a discussion without throwing around childish insults - or are you too young and naive to know any better? I'll test out multi-monitor full-screen apps on 8.1 tonight - I'm so used to it being a pain in the arse that I always lock them to 1/4 or 3/4 (or varying sizes now). You can't deny that it was a problem before. The charms bar triggers too easily, which is not a good thing. I'm well aware of Win+C, disabling hotcorners etc etc but having to resort to this time and time again just proves that you've lost the argument already. The fact is that the Win8 UI is far less intuitive than Win7. Hiding navigation isn't intuitive, and hiding settings in three different places isn't intuitive (control panel, metro settings, per-application charm settings). The fact is Win8 gets in the way, and slows people down trying to get stuff done. The OS can be as fast as you want, but that's pointless when the UI slows you down. There is no way Win8 is better than 7 for general ease-of-use. There's literally nothing you need to disable or tweak in Win7. There's simply no denying there have been a lot of other issues that have only just been addressed in 8.1. I'm fine to have it at home, but there's no way I want to use it all day at work. Anyway, this all started in regards to your original statement "no one actually has a valid reason to not switch to 8, they've just jumped on the hate MS bandwagon and are obstinate, stubborn, and stupid." which is all completely false. No reasons? Millions of people have dozens of valid reasons. MS Haters? Many people love Win7, but not Win8 which doesn't make them MS haters. Obstinate? It's not obstinate to try something and decide you really don't like it. Stubborn? It's not stubborn to want things that work & not get in the way. Stupid? It doesn't make people stupid if they don't like the same thing you do - I know many intelligent, highly technical people that are frustrated with Win8. My tech-support friends majority of support call issues are with Win8 - you might well call those people stupid, but you didn't hear them calling up with Win7 issues.
  • I'll just summarize what you've written, paragraph by paragraph. Calls me foolish and naive for using insults, immediately returns insults. Responds to  my simple statements and explanation of how features evolved, refuses to understand and makes it out like there's something unpredictably buggy. No, your comprehensionn is just poor. Words that are not entirely true, relevant, or coherent. Spews more incoherent and irrelevant BS, clearly showing he did not read or at least failed to comprehend the solution I proposed earlier. Also, inability to adapt to such a simple UI, saying nothing specific about why it's bad except vaguely hinting that he thinks charms are sily, etc indicates stubborn resiliance to new things- not an actual valid opinion. Starts off by stating the obvious, devolves into incoherent drivel.   For your response, I give you a 2/10. I've seen people with real opinions give me real valid reasons why they prefer to not use 8- you clearly are just obstanate and stubborn. You refuse to adapt to a new UI, and you refuse to even acknowledge the fact (which I've brought up more than once) that you can effectively make 8 work like 7 while still reaping the many benefits 8 offers. Go home, kid.
  • Calls me foolish and naive for using insults, immediately returns insults.
    Yes, it was used intentionally to belittle your juvenile behaviour. (You may want to look up "intentionally", "belittle", and "juvenile" in a dictionary).
    Responds to  my simple statements and explanation of how features evolved, refuses to understand and makes it out like there's something unpredictably buggy. No, your comprehensionn is just poor.
    Refers to me in the third person. Perhaps he's drunk, was dropped on his head at birth, or he's been reading too many memes.
    Words that are not entirely true, relevant, or coherent.
    I'm sorry that your reading comprehension is so poor. Perhaps your daddy can explain all the big, scary words to you one day.
    Spews more incoherent and irrelevant BS, clearly showing he did not read or at least failed to comprehend the solution I proposed earlier. Also, inability to adapt to such a simple UI, saying nothing specific about why it's bad except vaguely hinting that he thinks charms are sily, etc indicates stubborn resiliance to new things- not an actual valid opinion.
    As I've said time and time again, I use it quite effectively. But it's simply far less efficient that Win7. Being annoyed with something that is unintuitive, doesn't make me stubborn. Stubbornness would be refusing to use it, as opposed to just disliking it. You were claiming there weren't any valid reasons as to why people don't want to switch (or switched back to Win7) and I provided them in spades. You can disagree with those reasons all you want, but millions of people feel the same - therefore your opinion on the matter is invalid.
    Starts off by stating the obvious, devolves into incoherent drivel. For your response, I give you a 2/10. I've seen people with real opinions give me real valid reasons why they prefer to not use 8- you clearly are just obstanate and stubborn. You refuse to adapt to a new UI, and you refuse to even acknowledge the fact (which I've brought up more than once) that you can effectively make 8 work like 7 while still reaping the many benefits 8 offers. Go home, kid.
    It's quite sad that your ego is so fragile and you can't handle having one person disagree with you without getting your knickers in a twist. It's also quite hilarious that the little girl is calling me a kid.
  • 1/10, keep trying
  • Thanks for conceding defeat
  • 0/10 see me after class
  • If valve were to buy xbox i wouldnt care.
  • Good luck.
  • Its for sale... For 1 billion human souls
  • So this is stupid, they actully made a survey. Why not just tell us, of those that use Valve, who uses what? To me those would be better numbers. Now I know that not everyone who games uses Valve but I would think "real" gamer do.
  • Eh? That's what they did...
  • Actually, that survey is updated every month. And Valve users can access it from Steam webpage. In the hardware survey you can see O.S., hardware and even applications of Valve users.
  • opps my bad thanks for the info I guess I should have follwed the source link :-)
  • Well, you were humble enough to admit your mistake. Everything is forgiven. :)
  • Actually, "real" gamers don't use steam. "real" gamers are the elite that only buy their games on disc. Then there's a circle of even "realer" gamers, the windows 3.1/dos 6.2 master race, who are so pure in gaming spirit they only play telnet MUDs, timeless classics, and nethack, refusing to let false "gaming" swine touch their holy PCs.
  • I don't get why people are so scared of the start screen and lack of their tired old start button.. Windows 8.1 really is awesome and performs so much better and even without a touch screen has a great UI experience!
  • +2520
  • http://cheezburger.com/6984103168
  • +1   http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/508/702/812.jpg
  • I perfer my X1 and avoid valve, but anyways, as people buy new computes Windows 8 usage will increase.
  • 8.1 here and a lot of it on my Surface Pro 2...
  • Im a pc gamer and I use win 7. I just don't feel the need to spend money on a new operating system. I don't miss anything. I did not test 8.1 yet but again, I am happy the way it is.
  • Shoulda updated when it was only $35
  • *$15
  • I have a Windows 8 laptop and a Windows 7 Alienware PC. I'm all good.
  • Same here...no problem
  • I think you mean to say that Windows 7 64bit holds 51.74% and Windows 7 32bit holds 12.62%. So combined, Windows 7 holds around 64% of the OS shares. 
  • I use both win 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 newest game I play is san Andreas not much of a PC gamer here I play more ps3.
  • A little OT, but I looked at some laptops this weekend at Costco and they still had Windows 8 on them, not windows 8.1. I thought everything had Windows 8.1 now.
  • Now consider how many people in the world use windows 8 compared to windows 7. Obviously windows 7 will be the most popular since way more people still use it. Same thing happened with XP and windows 7.
  • Playing sleeping dogs game right now on Windows 7.
  • They may not believe it, but in the end they are losing customers that would buy their products if they were available on 8.1 and RT. I know many do use steam, but there are those like me, who just don't go through the hassle if they won't make it available for my operating system of preference.
  • Windows 8.1 here!
  • Windows 7 and fuck metro on non-touch devices!
  • 8.1 FTW. The fluidity of the OS compared to W7 and even W8 is nothing short of outstanding.   Also, +6-10% FPS improvement compared to W7!
  • Bought Windows 8 when I build my latest gaming PC last year. I've never had driver issues with either my gtx 275 I held onto or the gtx 760 I upgraded to.
  • windows 7 has been on decline on steam, why doesn't the headline read that?
  • Using steam on windows 8.1
  • We need stem app for wp7.x
  • I tried to give Win8 some representation, but reverted due to horrible performance. Same hardware that is for the most part very modern had around 50% better performance in CS:GO in Win7 compared to Win8. It was unplayable in 1080P on my PhenomII X6, 16GB memory, AMD 7850 video card, and raid 0 array. In 7 it plays great. Built a small family PC with the Win8 license though.
  • No scheisse.
  • Windows 7 for me... I don't like windows 8 for pc.. Unless ur pc screen is a touch screen. Btw, when will the steam app come for WP? That would be handy since im a dota 2 player and a good trader.. :)
  • Obviously