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The latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey is out for June 2022, putting the Linux user share at one of its highest ever points and likely thanks to the rise of the Steam Deck and SteamOS. As shown on our dedicated Steam Tracker, it's been trending upwards for quite a while but this latest figure is a pretty good showing.

As of June 2022, Linux is sitting at 1.18% of the Steam user share.

Now, that doesn't sound like a lot on paper, but it puts the monthly active Linux user count at around 1,557,600 at least (based on when Valve last gave the monthly active user count).

Here's the breakdown of the most popular Linux systems:

  • "Arch Linux" 64 bit 11.42% -1.43%
  • "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 10.11% -0.98%
  • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS 64 bit 9.90% +1.86%
  • Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS 64 bit 9.73% -2.02%
  • "SteamOS Holo" 64 bit 7.58% +2.35%
  • Linux Mint 20.3 64 bit 6.45% +0.48%
  • Description:Freedesktop.org 21.08.14 (Flatpak runtime) 64 bit 6.05% +6.05%
  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 4.79% +4.79%
  • Other 33.96% -11.11%

So you can pretty plainly see that the Steam Deck with SteamOS is already rising up the ranks, as one of the most popular Linux gaming systems on Steam's survey with it already making up well over 7% of Linux players which is a nice increase from the 5% from May 2022.

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g000h 2 Jul
Quoting: WMan22A lot of people are just waiting for the mere opportunity to pick up their Steam Deck. The platform's rolling out so slowly, though I'd prefer they do it this way over just bulk releasing them and have scalpers snatch em all up and run into the same problem anyway.

Still plenty of scalpers around, noticing Steam Decks for sale on Ebay at big mark-ups. Sure, you can only reserve one Deck per Steam account - but that doesn't stop you owning multiple accounts.
The glorious return of Windows 7
Windows 7 64 bit
3.01% +0.60%

Which is obviously caused by
Simplified Chinese
24.75% +2.50%

They can't get rid of the legacy
Also the increase of the Chinese hasn't stopped the increase of Linux gamers.
Quoting: g000h
Quoting: WMan22A lot of people are just waiting for the mere opportunity to pick up their Steam Deck. The platform's rolling out so slowly, though I'd prefer they do it this way over just bulk releasing them and have scalpers snatch em all up and run into the same problem anyway.

Still plenty of scalpers around, noticing Steam Decks for sale on Ebay at big mark-ups. Sure, you can only reserve one Deck per Steam account - but that doesn't stop you owning multiple accounts.
Though they'd have had to own those accounts for at least one month prior to the opening of pre-orders; accounts less than a month old weren't allowed to pre-order until after a three-day period. (For reference, I just got my order email June 30 after ordering ~1.25 hours after the window opened, so we're nowhere near that 3 day mark yet.) I'm sure there are some people who had accounts like that they could use, but I bet a lot of those scalpers only have a single unit to sell at this point.
udekmp69 2 Jul
Quoting: fireplaceI’m glad the Steam Flatpak is getting more traction. Native games on Linux sometimes required libraries outside of the Steam runtime, and developers don’t notice this and just say that it only supports ubuntu or fedora or some crap like that. Now with the Flatpak, it’ll be clear as day if the native game works or not.

Flatpak Steam has some issues but mostly with older native goldscr games and is easily fixable with a launch option. However I use it simply due to organization and the fact it limits read/write of all my other files on my desktop. 100% recommend the steam flatpak especially if you hate when native linux games just throw folders anywhere in /home/.
Quinn 2 Jul
1.18% of the survey were GNU+Linux users, and 7.57% of those were Steam Deck owners, which means \~0.09% of Steam users have a Steam Deck (9 in 10,000).

Steam's last announced figure of 132 million monthly active users came at the beginning of 2022.
That comes out to a little over 100,000 Steam Decks in the wild (unless my maths is wrong). That seems reasonable, based on what I've heard about estimated numbers of shipped units (approx 6,000 per week).

Though not everyone with a Deck is getting opted-in to the survey, so it's more of a snapshot than definitive numbers.


Last edited by Quinn on 2 July 2022 at 10:38 pm UTC
denyasis 2 Jul
Quoting: Quinn1.18% of the survey were GNU+Linux users, and 7.57% of those were Steam Deck owners, which means \~0.09% of Steam users have a Steam Deck (9 in 10,000).

Steam's last announced figure of 132 million monthly active users came at the beginning of 2022.
That comes out to a little over 100,000 Steam Decks in the wild (unless my maths is wrong). That seems reasonable, based on what I've heard about estimated numbers of shipped units (approx 6,000 per week).

Though not everyone with a Deck is getting opted-in to the survey, so it's more of a snapshot than definitive numbers.

Agreed, I think the 118k number is probably pretty accurate. It's also in Valve's interest to force a survey for every Deck, not only to show strong numbers, but to comparee purchase with usage. I wouldn't be surprised if it does a survey on first run (which is ancedotally consistent with my experience with Steam; survey on new installation.)

Quoting: udekmp69
Quoting: fireplaceI’m glad the Steam Flatpak is getting more traction. Native games on Linux sometimes required libraries outside of the Steam runtime, and developers don’t notice this and just say that it only supports ubuntu or fedora or some crap like that. Now with the Flatpak, it’ll be clear as day if the native game works or not.

Flatpak Steam has some issues but mostly with older native goldscr games and is easily fixable with a launch option. However I use it simply due to organization and the fact it limits read/write of all my other files on my desktop. 100% recommend the steam flatpak especially if you hate when native linux games just throw folders anywhere in /home/.

Question, I'm not familiar with snap/flatpack, but if it keeps everything in the container, does that mean it limits what it can access outside the container? Like prevents Steam from reading the rest of my /home partition for example?
kokoko3k 3 Jul
Quoting: fireplaceI’m glad the Steam Flatpak is getting more traction. Native games on Linux sometimes required libraries outside of the Steam runtime, and developers don’t notice this and just say that it only supports ubuntu or fedora or some crap like that. Now with the Flatpak, it’ll be clear as day if the native game works or not.
I'm not happy to see a patch getting more traction.
I would be happy if the patch wouldn't be needed because the cure gained the traction, instead.
elgatil 3 Jul
Some fun math: if last month SD were at ~5% and this month it is at 7.5%, it means an increment of 2.5%/month ( I know I'm making a lot of inaccurate assumptions but for this back of the envelope calculations I think they are ok). However, Valve just said they are more than doubling production so I would expect an increase of ~5%, which would put the SD at 12.5% of Linux usage, close to doubling it's previous number.

Let's see but if this prediction happens, I think we may start seeing the SD noticeable overall soon.
nocri 3 Jul
According to the trend line in the plot, linux will hit 50% of the market share sometime in June of 2500. I need to make memo for my grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand-grand children to check this out :)
Quoting: mphuZIt's a shame that Valve hasn't released the SteamOS desktop distribution yet.
And even the new Big Picture is missing in the beta version of Steam.

The SteamOS is suited to SteamDeck's hardware. This makes the whole thing easier and cleaner. Desktop OSes must be ready for all kind of hardware, and not all combinations will work well. Although I would love to see the Steam OS on PCs, I don't think it would be a good thing after all:

- the SteamOS development team would have to deal with probably 1000% increase of bugs, issues and bad press, which is not going to help anyone
- users would be frustrated by various issues that don't exist on SteamDeck, so the experience hadn't been so smooth
- the bad press, experiences, would likely distract from the process of marketing SteamDeck, they already have their hands full, they should stay focused, they are already doing a lot

We already have community OSes like Chimera OS that is doing a similar thing, but is more open that SteamOS and suitable for PCs. Any issues with the system won't be credited back to Valve.

Said that, I don't think that releasing SteamOS for PCs will happen or if it happens, it may not be a good thing, unless Valve makes this an unofficial spin-off, run by and for the community - without any guaranties or official ties to Valve. If there would be some hidden, unofficial support of some Valve employees, it would be a nice touch thou.


Last edited by michaldybczak on 3 July 2022 at 11:12 am UTC
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