Latest Steam survey shows gradual XP decline

Monday, 3rd January 2011 18:47 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Valve’s released its December Steam survey figures, showing drops in the popularity of the 32-bit version of Windows XP.

Windows XP 32-bit usage among Steam users fell 0.85 percent to 24.64 percent in December over November, while the apparently amazingly unpopular Windows XP 64-bit picked up a tiny 0.11 percent to 0.91 percent overall.

Windows 7 64-bit is by far the most popular OS among Stream users, accounting for running 35.09 of all Steam machine, up 0.91 percent month-on-month.

The diminishing use of Windows XP among PC gamers was highlighted earlier today when DICE admitted that the OS won’t be supported by Battlefield 3.

XP was originally launched in 2001.

Other trends shown by the Steam figures include the rise of quad-core chipsets and gradual introduction of DX11-capable GPUs.



  1. M337ING

    Lol @ comments on BF3 article saying tons of people still use XP.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Dralen

    Supposedly the most efficient way you can increase the performance of your PC is to upgrade your OS to Windows 7. However in most cases you need to upgrade several pieces of hardware to run it, so it’s kind of a given.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. pukem0n

    but still every fourth pc runs xp…mine too

    #3 4 years ago
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  5. Keivz

    I dual boot with XP and Vista. I use XP as my main gaming OS due to lower system requirements. The only games I’ve played on vista are Crysis and (soon) BFBC2. No real reason to abandon XP yet.

    #5 4 years ago

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