More than half of Steam gamers are now on Windows 10

Laurent Giret

While Windows 10 claimed a 24.36% global market share last month according to the latest data from NetMarketShare, the latest operating system from Microsoft has now become the OS of choice for more than half of the Steam user base. Indeed, 50.35% of Steam gamers are now running Windows 10 on their PCs, with 49.10% of the user base using Windows 10 64 bit (up 0.73%).

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Steam’s December 2016 report.

PC gamers have always been early-adopters, though 33.87% of Steam users were still using Windows 7 last month while the slightly more recent Windows 8.1 grabbed a 8.76% OS share. Still, this is a pretty significant milestone for Microsoft as the company has been emphasizing DirectX12 as one of the most important Windows 10 features for PC gamers.

However, the upcoming Creators Update should make Windows 10 an even more interesting option for Steam users. Last week, the leaked Windows 10 build 14977 included some hints at a “Game Mode” which may bring performance improvements during gaming sessions, though Microsoft has yet to share more details about it. If you have yet to upgrade your gaming PC to Windows 10, do you plan to do it in the coming months? Let us know what you think in the comments below.