Windows 11 still struggles to attract PC gamers, but all is not lost

The latest Steam traffic results show that Windows 11 is still struggling to convince PC gamers to take the plunge to Microsoft’s new operating system. But things could change soon.

While Windows 11 is already setting the stage for its big 2023 update, the operating system still fails to attract PC gamers to it. This is a recent Steam study that comes to reveal it. According to the latest survey from the Valve platform, Windows 11 is progressing steadily with gamers. But overall, the pace of adoption remains quite slow. Upcoming optimizations, targeted for gamers, could thus change the situation.

Steam’s survey, published last June, shows that the number of gamers who use Windows 11 on the platform has exceeded 20% and precisely reaches 21.23%. This represents an increase of 1.64% compared to the previous month. To put it a bit more in perspective, that means Windows 11’s market share on Steam grew by just under 4.4%, or about 1.5% per month.

Windows 11 is still struggling to convince gamers to take the plunge

This growth remains quite weak and very discreet. Especially when you realize that this same type of increase was around 3% at the beginning of the year. On his side, Windows 10 is still the main operating system used by Steam gamers, with just over 71% of users.

If Windows 11 offers functions adapted to gaming, these are not yet fully usable. Admittedly, Windows 11 already offers Auto HDR, for users who have a screen compatible with this technology. But things should change, because other features are coming. In reality, they are already in place, but no game (or very few) support them for the moment.

This is particularly the case with DirectStorage technology, which aims to load games much faster, taking inspiration in particular from the Xbox Series X. This system is already in place on Windows 11, and it should work for the first time with the upcoming blockbuster Forspoken, which is delayed but will be released soon on PC and PS5. This will surely encourage gamers to take the plunge to finally land on Windows 11.

Source : Steam

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