Valve have put out their usual monthly Hardware & Software Survey and it's looking pretty great for Linux overall. April 2022 showed a big boost to Linux gamers. After a few months of dipping down, it seems to have rocketed back up to be at the second-highest point it's been in years with 1.14%.
You can see how it has changed over the last few years on our Steam Tracker, with the current posted below. The previous peak being November 2021 at 1.16%, the previous second highest being October 2021 at 1.13%.
Going by the main combined numbers from Steam, these are the current most popular Linux distributions:
- Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS 64 bit 0.16% +0.03%
- "Arch Linux" 64 bit 0.14% +0.02%
- "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 0.13% +0.01%
- Linux Mint 20.3 64 bit 0.07% 0.00%
- Ubuntu 21.10 64 bit 0.06% -0.01%
With the Steam Deck now shipping that uses SteamOS 3 Linux, it's perhaps not a big surprise to see a lot more interest in Linux Gaming overall now. Currently though, the Steam Survey is not included on the Steam Deck in Gaming Mode and only in Desktop Mode with the main Steam Client loaded so these numbers probably don't represent many Steam Deck users at all.
Thanks though to Proton and the Steam Deck, perhaps this is the start of a small shift over to Linux — one can hope but too early to tell anything really.