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

Tuesday November 14, 2017

What the Hell Happened to the Steam Hardware Survey?

ExtremeTech claims that the Steam Hardware Survey is terribly broken. While it has never been perfect, the metrics published over the last few weeks are radically different and paint an allegedly flawed picture of the PC market. Readers who have chimed in say it is due to a surge related to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds opening in China.

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OEMs have not sold hundreds of millions of systems over and above quarterly projections to transform the market so quickly. The bulk of Intel laptops on the market are still dual-core + Hyper-Threading; the 8th generation family has launched and is definitely in-market, but customers would have to replacing hardware at a ferocious pace to show such dramatic changes so quickly -- and nothing we’ve heard from any of the analysts that track this for a living show any such changes.