Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday July 25, 2012

Steam Hardware & Software Survey: June 2012

Valve has released its Steam Hardware & Software Survey for June 2012. The company also took the opportunity to explain a bug found in Steam's survey code that skewed the results of the survey. Here a copy of the main chart for those of you that can't view the Steam site from work, etc.:

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There was a bug introduced into Steam's survey code several months ago that caused a bias toward older systems. Specifically, only systems that had run the survey prior to the introduction of the bug would be asked to run the survey again. This caused brand new systems to never run the survey. In March 2012, we caught the bug, causing the survey to be run on a large number of new computers, thus giving us a more accurate survey and causing some of the numbers to vary more than they normally would month-to-month. Some of the most interesting changes revealed by this correction were the increased OS share of Windows 7 (as Vista fell below XP), the rise of Intel as a graphics provider and the overall diversification of Steam worldwide (as seen in the increase of non-English language usage, particularly Russian).