The Steam Hardware and Software Survey for September 2022 is out, and it suggests that an increasing number of Steam players are using Windows 11. While Microsoft hasn’t released official numbers, the Steam survey seems to be in line with recent reports of positive adoption. Microsoft’s latest operating system in the second and third quarters of 2022.
Valve’s data shows that one in four PCs playing on Steam now runs Windows 11, reaching 24.84% of all Steam users. It’s up 1.06% from last month, so it’s been slow but steady growth to get to this point.
This number is particularly interesting given Windows 11’s stricter system update requirements, and a major gaming issue in the 22H2 update affecting Nvidia cards.
After the update, users were reporting performance issues such as stuttering and frame drops, among others. Nvidia quickly rolled out a fix in the form of a software update. This jump in Windows 11 upgrades suggests that consumers buying new PCs from Windows 10 are becoming more confident. Another reason could be that the hesitation to upgrade to Windows 11 has decreased since Microsoft canceled the 22H2 errors.
Also heartening to see is the slow rise of Nvidia Ampere video cards, especially the RTX 3060. It’s another sign that supply and demand are steadily growing, while prices normalize as the year winds down. However, the more readily available and cheaper GTX 10 series is still among the top five preferred gaming cards among Steam users.
In terms of market share, AMD’s number has remained relatively stable, while Nvidia jumped from 67% already in June to a whopping 77%.
Finally, on the CPU front, data shows that AMD’s market share has taken a 2.5% hit from its July high, while Intel CPU numbers continue to hold steady, with six to eight more cores sold in September than anything else.