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Latest Steam Survey reveals interesting stats about PC gamers

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The December 2016 Hardware and Software survey, released by Valve yesterday, shows a plethora of information about PC gamers. Not every single PC gamer is on Steam, but let’s face it, the majority at least have Steam installed; and if you don't, you are doing PC gaming wrong. With that in mind, the latest Steam survey has revealed interesting statistics about (most of) the PC gaming community, for example which Operating System (OS) they prefer to use and what their hardware setups look like.

Over 50% of Steam users are on Windows 10

Windows 10 has been on the rise for quite some time after Microsoft’s upgrade push, which the company’s Chief Marketing Officer admitted last week was too aggressive. According to the stats from the Hardware and Software Survey, the push did pay off, as just over 50% of Steam now use Windows 10.

Windows 10 64bit now sits at 48.97% (0.60% up from November) while Windows 10 32bit is at 1.22%. Windows 7 still has a respectable share of the total Steam user base, with 29.02% and is up 0.20% between November and December 2016; which means that at least some users either upgraded from an older OS or reverted from Windows 10 back to Windows 7.

GPU and resolution statistics

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 970 has stayed on top of the Steam Hardware and Software Survey for the entire 2016 and still sits at 4.7% of total Steam users. However, the card has seen a 0.20% drop from the November stats, which could likely be due to some people upgrading to the Pascal range of GPUs.

Only 2.01% of Steam users have a GTX 1060, which is the best price versus performance GPU around. It’s big brother, the GTX 1080, is owned by 0.95% of Steam users. However, both the GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 has been on the rise since November, with 0.54% and 0.12% respectively.

One other interesting statistic from the GPU side of things is that NVIDIA still seems to be killing it against their competitor’s AMD, as their highest card percentage is the “AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series” at only 1.12%.

One of the surprising statistics is that a large percentage of Steam users’ primary resolution is under Full HD (1080p), with 24.76% of users running on 1366 x 768 resolution. The most popular resolution for Steam users is 1920 x 1080 at 38.21%, while only 1.84% of total users run at 1440p.

Additional hardware statistics

Most of the statistics show PC gamers upgrading, but the change is minimal from November 2016. For example, only 0.04% of users upgraded to 4GB of RAM or only 0.05% of users upgraded to a GPU with 3GB of VRAM.

  • System RAM: 8GB at 33.81% and 4GB at 19.92%
  • Intel CPU speed: 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz at 21.05% and 3.3 Ghz to 3.69 Ghz at 17.27%
  • Physical CPUs: Four (4) at 47.89% and two (2) at 45.92%
  • VRAM: 1024 MB at 33.66% and 2047 MB at 22.82%
  • Total HDD space: Above 1 TB at 29.66% and 250 GB to 499 GB at 27.48%

Is your PC above or below average in the hardware department and do you game on Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Steam Hardware and Software Survey | Main Image Credit: HD Wallpapers

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