Beta News notes
an interesting tidbit picked up from the
latest Steam Hardware &
), showing Windows 7 usage surging at the expense of Windows 10.
They also seem to have zeroed in on the cause of this shift, noting a large
uptick in Chinese users on Steam
which seems to correlate pretty closely with
the OS change. Here's word:
The latest stats from Steam show Windows 10
shedding a massive 17.38 percentage points, to give it 28.6 percent share. (The
64-bit version accounts for 28.23 percent, and the 32-bit version adds a tiny
Meanwhile, Windows 7 has gained a whopping 21.47 percentage points in the same
month, climbing to 65.46 percent (63.60 percent for the 64-bit build, and 1.86
percent for the 32-bit edition).
You could be forgiven for thinking that Steam has made a mistake here, or that
gamers are turning their backs on Windows 10 in huge numbers, but it seems
likely that at least a sizable portion of the change can be attributed to
According to the Language section of Steam’s survey, Simplified Chinese surged
26.83 percentage points to 56.37 percent in October, while English fell 13.40
percentage points to 21.24 percent. It seems reasonable, therefore, to assume
that Chinese gamers running Windows 7 are responsible for much of the shift
we’re seeing here. There's no official word from Steam on this yet.