I dropped in to the Steam website today to check something else and ran across the current hardware survey. Now, this isn’t representative of the PC universe at large. Gamers tend to have more modern and more powerful hardware than most. But it’s still interesting as a leading indicator.
Under the Windows-only heading for May 2011, here are the usage statistics for different Windows versions:
|Windows 7 64-bit||40.64%|
|Windows XP 32-bit||21.63%|
|Windows Vista 32-bit||13.73%|
|Windows Vista 64-bit||12.13%|
|Windows 7 32-bit||10.44%|
A few things are worth noting from that data.
- * First, among Steam users, Windows 7 now represents more than 50% of all PCs in use. That’s an extraordinary accomplishment roughly 18 months after the OS was released.
- * Second, XP is about to drop below the 20% threshold. Good. It had a long life, but it’s time to retire.
- * Finally, 64-bit computing is now officially mainstream. The 64-bit version of Windows 7 outnumbers 32-bit boxes by a ratio of more than 3:1, and the combination of Windows 7 and Windows Vista 64-bit accounts for 52.8% of all machines in the survey.
Finally, where’s the Mac in all this? Among gamers, at least, it’s still a minor player, accounting for 5.64% of Steam’s customers.