It looks like PC gamers might finally be embracing Windows 11, at least according to last month’s Hardware and Software Survey.
The monthly Steam Survey allows users to fill out information anonymously about the software and hardware they use. This information allows players, developers and Valve itself to see what’s popular and help direct what they offer on the platform.
The recent September 2022 survey gave us some interesting information: one in four Steam users have now upgraded to Windows 11. The steady climb of 1.05% from the previous month is unsurprisingly coupled with a slight decline in Windows 10 users. Windows 10- users comprised about 76% of survey respondents on Windows systems in May 2022, with that figure now sitting at 71.4%.
Windows 10 is currently used by 71.4% of total users and is the most popular operating system, although we may see a change in this as more gamers gradually upgrade their systems. Windows 7 clings to third place, the 13-year-old operating system is still going strong. Despite Apple’s insistence that Macs can be viable for gaming, macOS users only account for 2.36% of all respondents.
Analysis: Why are people reluctant to upgrade to Windows 11?
The little pop-up that pops up asking you to upgrade your OS is probably one of the most ignored pop-ups ever, so it’s no surprise that it’s been a bit of a slow burn when it comes to people upgrading from Windows 10 or even Windows. 7 to Windows 11.
The new Windows 11 update requires your computer to have a TPM 2.0 chip, which most newer motherboards will have. But if you’re using older hardware, then you probably won’t have TPM 2.0 support, so you can’t really upgrade your OS unless you upgrade your entire setup, which is a lot of effort and money to invest in an OS. you might not even like it.
Besides, change is hard. We spend a lot of time at our desks these days, working and playing on our computers and laptops, and we get so used to our systems that we can’t be bothered to relearn something. Why would you change what you know and love when you really don’t have to? People are more likely to just hold out until they absolutely have to upgrade (that’s October 2025, still three years away) and bite the bullet when that time comes.
Microsoft is still pushing hard for the new Windows update, and until then it may remain an afterthought in many people’s minds. Until they basically force people to upgrade to Windows 11, we don’t foresee a very steep increase in the following Steam surveys.