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Windows 8's Steam Usage Already Outpacing Mac OS X

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Steam's Hardware & Software survey shows that Windows 8 is already outpacing OS X.

Despite Gabe Newell's harshly critical comments of Windows 8 as a closed platform, it appears that the platform's usage has already outpaced Mac OS X. 

According to Steam's Hardware & Software Survey for November 2012, Windows 8 users account for 4.69% of overall Steam users, making it the fourth most used OS. In comparison, Mac OS X users sit a little above 3%.

In contrast, Windows 7 experienced a 0.84% decline, presumably from some users upgrading to Windows 8.

Unfortunately, since the Hardware & Software survey is opt-in, this may not be an accurate reflection of the overall breakdown OS breakdowns of Steam users. The survey also only shows off percentages, so there aren't any actual figures.


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    bejabbers , December 8, 2012 12:13 AM
    Real gamers don't use mac... so this doesn't say anything.
  • 37 Hide
    billgatez , December 8, 2012 12:15 AM
    NO hard to beat OSX. Because MAC users don't typicality buy MAC's for gaming.
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  • 40 Hide
    bejabbers , December 8, 2012 12:13 AM
    Real gamers don't use mac... so this doesn't say anything.
  • 37 Hide
    billgatez , December 8, 2012 12:15 AM
    NO hard to beat OSX. Because MAC users don't typicality buy MAC's for gaming.
  • 36 Hide
    A Bad Day , December 8, 2012 12:19 AM
    bejabbersReal gamers don't use mac... so this doesn't say anything.


    Real gamers do use mac... IF they love dealing with incompatibility issues and lighting their money on fire.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2012 12:27 AM
    I use windows 8 on steam. Only because I had vista and it was horrible, and windows 8 had equivalent performance as windows 7 but only cost me 40 bucks to upgrade. Actually really enjoying it, runs alot like windows 7, sept my PC boot's up in about 5 seconds now, vs a whooping minute and change with vista (also upgraded to a SSD) Not as radical as everybody made it out to be. Just a different start page, but there are options out there to make it just like windows 7. (not sure why you would upgrade from windows 7 if you had the choice) Def recommend this OS for people buying new PC's.
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    jhansonxi , December 8, 2012 12:32 AM
    No Linux yet, probably because the client is still in beta. IE, Google Chrome, and Safari are far down the list. I'm surprised that GIMP and foobar2000 is on it while VLC is not.
  • 21 Hide
    A Bad Day , December 8, 2012 12:51 AM
    compuservantThe vast majority of Steam's installs are going to be on consoles so this article is really pointless.


    Sure, TOTALLY Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft are going to allow a competing software to be installed on their products.
  • 8 Hide
    Soda-88 , December 8, 2012 1:19 AM
    Dear Gaben, ever heard of Windows 8 Desktop?
  • -7 Hide
    CaedenV , December 8, 2012 1:35 AM
    I use win8, and I use steam.

    I am uncounted.
  • 21 Hide
    CaedenV , December 8, 2012 1:39 AM
    DieM$ZombiesDieReal gamers don't use mac, and not to far off from now, Real gamers will not use Windows also! Linux for gamers GameX will rule!

    hehe...
    *chuckle*
    ha ha ha ha PFFFfffffffffff
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    *sigh*
    Thanks, I needed a good laugh! Nothing against linux, I use it myself, but there is no way it will become the king gaming platform.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2012 1:40 AM
    Soda-88, ever hear of windows 8 slippery slope to windows Blue, and no desktop for YOU! M$ wants it All, Gabe is a smart, he knows why! Windows 8 desktop is going the way of DOS, brought to you by windows blue!
  • 7 Hide
    darkavenger123 , December 8, 2012 1:54 AM
    DieM$ZombiesDieReal gamers don't use mac, and not to far off from now, Real gamers will not use Windows also! Linux for gamers GameX will rule!

    Only Sad Gamers use Linux.....
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    siuol11 , December 8, 2012 1:58 AM
    Linux isn't going to be used for games until there is ONE universal install and people don't have to compile their own drivers. I'm in to computer tinkering but when I want to sit down and play a game, I want to sit down and play a game- not spend 5 hours hunting down a resource conflict.
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    LonelyMan , December 8, 2012 2:10 AM
    There could be no other end!
  • 15 Hide
    A Bad Day , December 8, 2012 2:26 AM
    DieM$ZombiesDieReal gamers don't use mac, and not to far off from now, Real gamers will not use Windows also! Linux for gamers GameX will rule!


    *Error: Majority of the games are not compatible with Linux and may not support OpenGL. Please install an unstable, resource-consuming Windows emulator.*
  • 15 Hide
    Pinhedd , December 8, 2012 2:42 AM
    A Bad Day*Error: Majority of the games are not compatible with Linux and may not support OpenGL. Please install an unstable, resource-consuming Windows emulator.*


    Don't forget about all the patches, hacks, tweaks, and undocumented modifications that you will have to make to the unstable, resource consuming Windows emulator before it will install much less run.
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    DryCreamer , December 8, 2012 3:01 AM
    Windows 8 isn't that horrible... I don't really see the struggles everyone else is having... its been working fine for me. most people only use like 6 different thing on their computer anyways, so once they get those things on an icon or tile, they'll forget about all their frustrations

    Dry
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    A Bad Day , December 8, 2012 3:05 AM
    PinheddDon't forget about all the patches, hacks, tweaks, and undocumented modifications that you will have to make to the unstable, resource consuming Windows emulator before it will install much less run.


    *Error: A major official patch from the developer fixed many of the bugs, but broke all of the compatibility. Either rollback or wait for the new one.*
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2012 3:30 AM
    A Bad Day, Pinhedd Don't forget when M$ locks you favorite games out of its closed ecosystem, beacuse the game makers will not give M$ every last drop of the profits! Most computers are running Linux, servers tablets, etc! The gaming companys and the people that write gaming engines are more than experienced enough to take a Linux distro and make it work for their games! Better keep that copy of windows 7 handy!
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