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Linux user share on Steam continues the slow climb, SteamOS rises

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Another month has finished and the Steam Hardware & Software Survey has been refreshed. It shows once again that the Linux user share has risen.

Our Steam Tracker has been updated as usual but here's the chart to save you a click:

When you go to the Linux details page, these are the most popular distributions:

  • SteamOS Holo 64 bit 13.69% +6.09%
  • Arch Linux 64 bit 10.89% -2.98%
  • "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 8.93% -2.47%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS 64 bit 8.20% +8.20%
  • Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS 64 bit 7.06% -2.22%
  • Linux Mint 20.3 64 bit 4.54% -1.75%
  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 4.46% -0.44%
  • Flatpak runtime 64 bit 4.34% +4.34%
  • Other 37.89% +6.29%

It's probably no surprise then that the most popular GPU currently being used on Linux is the Steam Deck too. The Steam Deck GPU accounts for 13.72% of Linux gamers on Steam, with the next most popular being the AMD Radeon RX 480 at 4.81%.

Clearly, the Steam Deck and SteamOS are taking over Linux Gaming and rather quickly too. Interestingly, if you filter to Windows, the Steam Deck GPU doesn't even show up so it's likely overall only a tiny amount of people are actually using Windows on it.

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amatai Sep 2, 2022
Steam Deck raw numbers has doubled during the last month, very impressive
lucinos Sep 2, 2022
QuoteInterestingly, if you filter to Windows, the Steam Deck GPU doesn't even show up

An other way to look it is
total deck users: ~0.17%
linux deck users: ~1.27*0.1372 = 0.174%

So we can't actually measure windows deck users (total-linux) but this is a good thing, it means windows deck users are too few.
const Sep 2, 2022
Quoting: amataiSteam Deck raw numbers has doubled during the last month, very impressive

hard to feel special these days. :D

I really hope they continue to ramp up. Amazing times ahead.
MayeulC Sep 2, 2022
Oh wow, they now show flatpak runtime users too? :D
mr-victory Sep 2, 2022
Quoting: MayeulCOh wow, they now show flatpak runtime users too? :D
They did for a while, just flatpak doesn't always make it to the top few.
dziadulewicz Sep 2, 2022
I think Ubuntu should be combined as so "Ubuntu 22.04 LTS / 20.04 LTS" on the list.

It shows that Ubuntu is still the most popular one LTS's combined. I mean Ubuntu is Ubuntu. The combined share for Ubuntu is 15,26 %.
elgatil Sep 2, 2022
I would like to make a suggestion for the steam traker. I think the regression does not make sense anymore since the paradigm has changed. I would like to see another regression and another line starting with the release of the steam deck
Zlopez Sep 2, 2022
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I'm not surprised that the Steam Deck is taking over. I didn't play anything on the desktop computer till I got mine. :-D
One day we no longer have to indicate the 64 bit....
const Sep 2, 2022
Just looked at the full stats and windows lost .8% while OSX upped .76. We got .04...

Kind of crazy that OSX gaming is still growing faster then us, while Apple is doing more harm then good to gaming on their platform.
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