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October 23 Steam Survey: Simplified Chinese rises, Linux and macOS decline

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We have another fresh Steam Hardware & Software Survey for October 2023 and the results show that Simplified Chinese as a language on Steam has another sharp jump resulting in some odd results. Be sure to check out our Steam Tracker.

This is the second month in a row we've seen Simplified Chinese jump up. This time it shows it at 45.93% (+13.71%), which for a single month is pretty huge swing. This has resulted in Windows 10 64 bit hitting 65.58% (+7.61%), sitting well above Windows 11. Every time this uptick in Simplified Chinese use on Steam happens, it brings down the results of everything else. Previously we saw that Valve reported it as an error but this time it may not be, it could just be a case of people using VPNs to access Steam normally - we just don't know.

So right now here's the main results:

  • Windows 97.43% +0.49%
  • Linux 1.39% -0.24%
  • macOS 1.19% -0.24%

On the Linux side these are the most used distributions on Steam:

  • SteamOS Holo 64 bit (Steam Deck) 42.31% -0.73%
  • Arch Linux 64 bit 7.54% -0.55%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.3 LTS 64 bit 6.73% +0.24%
  • Freedesktop.org SDK 23.08 (Flatpak runtime) 64 bit 5.73% +5.73%
  • Manjaro Linux 64 bit 3.95% +0.04%
  • Linux Mint 21.2 64 bit 3.93% +0.26%
  • Other 29.81% -4.98%

All the details can be seen on Steam.

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mad_mesa Nov 2, 2023
Looking on the brightside, the English-only tracker hit an all time high with Linux at 4.15%.
dziadulewicz Nov 2, 2023
Quoting: mad_mesaLooking on the brightside, the English-only tracker hit an all time high with Linux at 4.15%.

Where (and HOW) can this info and percentage be displayed on the Steam Survey information site?
dziadulewicz Nov 2, 2023
This survey appears not very useful until we get some absolute numbers. Also the "other" section includes probably Linuxes and then also Chrome OS is definitely Linux but is often left out from Linux share.

"Linux has nearly half of the desktop OS Linux market. It would be twice as much if people could stop arguing about who counts and who doesn't".

https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/18/linux_desktop_debate/
Arehandoro Nov 2, 2023
QuoteBe sure to check out our Steam Tracker.

In the Steam Languages graph, shouldn't Spanish include all the variants and not just the one from Spain? I think it would show a more relevant information regarding the overall usage.
Liam Dawe Nov 2, 2023
Quoting: Arehandoro
QuoteBe sure to check out our Steam Tracker.

In the Steam Languages graph, shouldn't Spanish include all the variants and not just the one from Spain? I think it would show a more relevant information regarding the overall usage.
Steam splits it and I only pick the currently most popular overall languages to add in.
neffo Nov 2, 2023
Quoting: dziadulewiczThis survey appears not very useful until we get some absolute numbers.

It's a survey, the absolute numbers would mean what exactly?
Quoting: dziadulewiczThis survey appears not very useful until we get some absolute numbers. Also the "other" section includes probably Linuxes and then also Chrome OS is definitely Linux but is often left out from Linux share.

"Linux has nearly half of the desktop OS Linux market. It would be twice as much if people could stop arguing about who counts and who doesn't".

https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/18/linux_desktop_debate/
Well, even Google refers to "Linux" as something separate from ChromeOS: https://chromeos.dev/en/linux/setup

I don't know what the difference is exactly, but Google seems to think there is one.
Purple Library Guy Nov 2, 2023
As usual, my takeaway from this kind of thing is, we need to get the Chinese using Linux.
pb Nov 2, 2023
Quoting: mad_mesaLooking on the brightside, the English-only tracker hit an all time high with Linux at 4.15%.

This should be a part of the article, not a separate DLC comment.
Linuxer Nov 2, 2023
Quoting: pb
Quoting: mad_mesaLooking on the brightside, the English-only tracker hit an all time high with Linux at 4.15%.

This should be a part of the article, not a separate DLC comment.

I cantsee this number anywhere either what do you guys do to dig these up!?
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