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Windows Mixed Reality clings to relevancy in March 2022 Steam survey stats

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What you need to know

  • As happens every month, Steam has released its Steam Hardware & Software Survey results, this time for March 2022.
  • Windows 11 continues to steadily expand its reach.
  • Windows Mixed Reality continues to cling to a little under 5% of the VR headset space's market share.

Every month, without fail, Steam releases stats on its users' hardware and software selections. March 2022's results don't hold many surprises, especially with regards to Windows 11.

The latest operating system from Microsoft continues to claim the souls of more PCs, now having inserted itself into 16.84% of Steam's population (a 1.25% change from the month before). Windows 10 64-bit remains dominant with 74.69% market share, but the fact remains that Windows 11 keeps gaining ground month after month, albeit at a slow but steady clip.

Another Windows product that achieved a little traction in March was Windows Mixed Reality. The headsets shot up to 4.86% market share, representing a 0.17% gain over the month prior. Meanwhile, the Oculus Quest 2 remains high and mighty with 47.35% of Steam users under its control.

In other stats, NVIDIA continues to dominate the GPU game with 77.13% market share, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise given how many of the best graphics cards are made by the company. And in the CPU sector, Intel has resecured a nice 69%, leaving AMD in charge of just a little over 30% of Steam's userbase's processing power.

As always, any month could throw a curveball and radically alter the current figures, so stay frosty for when April 2022's results roll around. Maybe there will even be a month when Windows Mixed Reality inches above 5%.

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
  • This is thanks to the continuing interest in the HP Reverb G2 which is one of the best if not arguably the best headset you can buy today.
  • I love Windows,dont get me wrong. But this cloud/always online/no-install-without-account is kinda pushing it. I miss the old days of Windows 7 .
  • Like all things in Windows, there are ways around the 'no-install-without-account' thing. If you're bothered enough to care about it, you're smart enough to figure it out. The idea that this will negatively impact user adoption or is a significant issue is something only talked about in comments. If you set up an Android phone or iPhone, you have to do the same thing.
  • It is a significant issue. For some ,let's Say,more privacy minded people.
    Of course ,If You really cared about privacy,You wouldnt use Windows at all .
    I could probably tinker and find a way around,but OOTB,at install time, I dont see any way to bypass that.
    Easier to get back to install Windows 10 .
    It's also a question of principle,they keep pushing things "we know better,and You must obey" mentality.
    Thats not my fav plate .
  • "Of course ,If You really cared about privacy,You wouldnt use Windows at all "
    You answered your own complaint. No one who is really that concerned over privacy would use Windows in the first place. That's what Linux is for. I guess this begs the question: What mobile phone do you use and do you complain about needing an Apple/Google account to use them? If so, what are you doing to circumvent it? If not, why the duplicity? Also, do you not use an Xbox, Playstation, Google TV, Roku, etc? Just old-school cable who are also monitoring your viewing habits)? Again, the mass market doesn't cater to this audience. Not when Android and Apple are this big for mobile and have the same requirements.
    "It's also a question of principle"
    No, it's not. You don't have to "obey," you can choose not to use it. It's their OS, you agree to use it (or not).
    "I dont see any way to bypass that."
    If you can't figure this out, you're going to be bad at using Linux or even understanding privacy arguments at the OS level. It's not hard to search.
  • You used to be able to use Windows without a Microsoft account for the longest time on Windows. It was a recent update a few months ago or so on Windows 10 that took that ability away.