According to several reports, Windows 11 is not growing as fast as Windows 10. Some reports even falsely claimed that Windows 11 is less popular than Windows XP, which is absolutely false. In the desktop gaming market, Windows 11 is making steady profits, according to Steam.
Steam, one of the largest gaming platforms for Windows, has published the May 2021 Steam Hardware and Software Survey. The Steam data is a count of the rigs of Steam users and it shows an increase in the usage of Windows 11, Windows 10 and AMD CPUs, with Intel CPUs again registering a decline.
The Steam hardware report for May 2022 claims that Windows 11 is now used in 19.59% of game installs evaluated in the logs, which is almost 0.60% higher compared to the previous month’s figures. While Windows 11 is gaining quite a bit of market share, keep in mind that the Steam report only considers slot machines.
Windows 10 tops the market share with a 73.89% market share (increased 0.06% as more users upgraded from Windows 7). At the same time, the growth could be due to Steam Deck (handheld gaming computer).
It’s also important to note that Windows 11 is completely optional and not forced, so the slow adoption marked by some platforms should come as no surprise. Likewise, Windows 11 is not officially supported on older hardware and many users avoid the OS due to its limitations.
Windows 11’s market share is expected to increase in the coming months as Microsoft prepares version 22H2 for public rollout.
Intel has fallen slightly as AMD adds more users
Intel fell again as AMD added more users in May, at least according to the latest statistics from Steam.
While the research is good news for Microsoft, it could be somewhat disappointing for Intel in terms of processors.
In the May 2022 stats, Intel has witnessed another drop in its processor market share among Steam gamers. Intel remains at the top with 67.19% of the market share (down 1.23%). On the other hand, AMD has added more machines and is at 32.80% (up 1.24%).