Steam’s November 2015 Hardware Survey has been revealed and some really interesting details can be extracted from that survey. According to the monthly survey, 29% of Steam users are running Windows 10. And let us tell you this is a huge jump compared to Steam’s August stats. Back in August, 17% of Steam’s users were running Windows 10. Therefore, we’re looking at a 59% increase in just 3 months.
In other news, 54% of Steam users are using an NVIDIA GPU, while 26% are using an AMD/ATI GPU. Moreover 19% of Steam users are using an Intel integrated GPU. This basically means that NVIDIA’s figures (from August to November) increased 2%, whereas AMD’s and Intel’s figures decreased 1%.
DX12 is an API that a lot of gamers are looking forward to. While there are currently only two games supporting it (Caffeine and Ashes of the Singularity), 67% of Steam users own a DX12-capable system. Out of this percentage, only 29% can take advantage of it (as the API is exclusive to Windows 10).
When it comes to the CPUs, it’s pretty obvious that Intel remains the big winner here. Around 76.36% of Steam users own an Intel CPU, while 23.64% own an AMD CPU.
Last but not least, around 47.93% of Steam users own a dual-core CPU, while 45.12% own a quad-core CPU. And as we said back in August:
“This may explain why developers are mainly targeting quad-core CPUs. Yes, we’ve already got engines that scale well on more than six CPU cores, however there are not that many games that show noteworthy performance differences between a modern-day quad-core and an octa-core CPU.”
Thankfully, in 2015 we’ve seen a number of games scaling ideally on more than four CPU cores, so here is hoping that this trend will continue in 2016.