Steam Hardware Survey: Linux Gamers are Shrinking, But Are They Really?
Recently, the Steam Hardware Survey for February 2016 was published by Valve Corporation in which they claimed that the Linux gamers are shrinking. However, something sounds off about this calculation.
For those who do not know, Steam Hardware & Software Survey is basically a detailed summary of statistics from the platform’s usage on a regular basis – monthly to be exact.
In the report that has been published by Valve, if you check the head for operating systems being used, you will see Windows sitting on top with a massive 95.59%, OSX with 3.40% and Linux at the bottom with only 0.91% share.
The 0.91% figure has come down 0.04% from 0.95% as compared to the last month which is reflective of the market share of Linux at large. Elsewhere as well, the market share of Linux stands at about one percent and it has a very slight downwards trend to it.
However, when it comes to gaming specifically, and that too in relation with Valve Corporation’s Steam, the Steam Hardware Survey might be a little misleading.
This is because Valve’s own SteamOS is actually Linux based and that should be one and the same thing with the proper Linux operating system – especially in a survey concerning gaming.
Now SteamOS, in contrast to the Linux itself, is on the rise. In 2013 Steam had 65 million users and in February 2015 it had 125 million active users and the number of SteamOS users is bound to increase with that.
Since those figures are directly relevant to the issue at hand, they should have been included in the statistics – and we are assuming they were not because Valve considers SteamOS as a different OS altogether.
Had those figures been incorporated in the Steam Hardware Survey, the number of Linux gamers would have been shooting upwards instead of downwards.