The Steam Hardware and Software Survey for December 2021 has been released, and this monthly tally of hardware running in Steam users’ rigs shows an increase in usage of both Intel CPUs and the Windows 11 operating system.
For Intel, this is certainly good news. While the jump in Intel’s usage may seem modest (a 0.82% increase) in the December survey, it comes after a period when its main rival, AMD, is chipping away at its market share.
While Intel still commands a formidable lead over AMD (69.27% of Steam users are visible in PCs compared to AMD’s 30.71%), this lead has been shrinking over time, mainly due to AMD. Owing to the Ryzen processor of the device which continues to receive a positive reception. From both critics and customers with each release.
This bump roughly coincides with the release of the 12th generation Elder Lake processors by Intel. It was one of Intel’s most successful launches in some time, with critics particularly praising the gaming performance of these new CPUs. The hype surrounding the launch may have helped cause this bump, with some PC gamers keen to upgrade or replace their rigs with the latest Intel technology.
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There was good news for Microsoft too, as the Windows 11 operating system has been growing in popularity lately, according to a Steam Hardware and Software survey. In December, 10.15% of people had Windows 11 installed, up 1.87% from the previous month.
Windows 10 remains the most popular operating system by far, with a 64-bit version installed on 81.74% of respondents’ PCs. The older OS saw a 1.64% drop over the last month, suggesting that Windows 11 growth comes from people upgrading from Windows 10, as well as new PCs that come with the OS.
Microsoft wants to move more people to Windows 11, so the company will clearly be hoping for this swing to continue.
Analysis: What does this mean?
So, the latest set of results Huh Good news for both Intel and Microsoft. However, it is worth noting that the Steam Hardware and Software Survey only collects information from Steam users who have agreed to share their information.
This means that the sample size does not necessarily mean that it is an overview. Everyone with a PC. However, due to Steam’s popularity, it can give us a good idea of what trends are emerging with PC gamers. It’s clear that Windows 11 adoption continues, though slowly, and Intel’s Elder Lake release has even rivaled Team Blue.
It will be interesting to see whether Intel’s gains continue in the next survey, or if AMD comes back to take away Intel’s market share.
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