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2 percent of Steam users run Linux

Posted on Tuesday, March 05 2013 @ 17:07:49 CET by

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The latest Steam Hardware Survey is out and it reveals that 2 percent of Steam's users in February 2013 now use the Steam client for Linux. The beta version of the Linux-based Steam client was published in December and the client was offiically released in mid-February. Interestingly, Steam for Mac came out in May 2010 and now accounts for about 3 percent of Steam's users, so it seems the Linux client is doing really well.
To put things into perspective, Steam for the Mac came out in May 2010 and now accounts for about 3% of surveyed users. And that's with the benefit of more than three times the number of compatible games, including AAA releases like Civilization V, Borderlands 2, and Left 4 Dead 2.

The Steam survey also tallies hardware configuration details, yielding a few interesting tidbits. DirectX 11-class graphics can be found in 58% of systems, while DX10 gear accounts for 36%. Only about 13% of surveyed systems are using Intel GPUs, so the firm's various HD Graphics solutions don't sway the numbers too much.

Predictably, the most popular display resolution is 1080p, which has a 30% share, followed by 1366x768 at 20%. Resolutions higher than 1080p make up only 4.5% of the total. In a bit of a surprise, that figure is half the 9% of systems rocking 12GB or more of system RAM. CPUs are split pretty evenly between dual-core models at 48% and quads at 43%.
Source: The Tech Report



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