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Linux overtakes macOS users on Steam thanks to Steam Deck

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Well it finally happened. According to the latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey for July 2023 we can see that Linux users have overtaken macOS.

For July 2023 the rankings overall are:

  • Windows 96.21% -0.56%
  • macOS 1.84% +0.05%
  • Linux 1.96% +0.52%

As shown on our dedicated Steam Tracker here's the Linux user share on Steam over time:

A pretty massive increase and the biggest in a single month for years. So why? Well, considering Valve just recently had a huge sale on the Steam Deck, it's probably not all that surprising. A lot of people over the last month will have been playing with their Steam Deck that ships with SteamOS Linux. So I do expect it to go down a fair bit next month as things settle down again but I imagine it will continue trending higher overall and keep pushing upwards.

Here's the current most popular Linux distributions - showing that SteamOS (Steam Deck) is the clear winner:

  • SteamOS Holo 64 bit 42.07% +2.74%
  • Arch Linux 64 bit 7.94% -0.39%
  • Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS 64 bit 7.38% -0.49%
  • Freedesktop.org SDK 22.08 (Flatpak runtime) 64 bit 5.99% -0.03%
  • "Manjaro Linux" 64 bit 4.29% -0.08%
  • Linux Mint 21.1 64 bit 3.84% -0.71%
  • Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS 64 bit 2.97% +2.97%
  • Other 25.52% -4.02%

What do you think to this news? Let us know in the comments.

See all the details on Valve's survey.

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dpanter Aug 2, 2023
Well, historically speaking every substantial deviation from the trend stemmed from flawed data and was typically corrected before long... but I'll take it. :)
Tuxee Aug 2, 2023
Must have been me. Got the survey twice last month. First on the deck, the second time on the desktop.
Tuxee Aug 2, 2023
Quoting: dpanterWell, historically speaking every substantial deviation from the trend stemmed from flawed data and was typically corrected before long... but I'll take it. :)

Phoronix observed that Chinese language has dropped by 3 or 4 percent last month...
whizse Aug 2, 2023
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I'll be mogadored! It finally happened!
Eike Aug 2, 2023
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Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: dpanterWell, historically speaking every substantial deviation from the trend stemmed from flawed data and was typically corrected before long... but I'll take it. :)

Phoronix observed that Chinese language has dropped by 3 or 4 percent last month...

This won't make Linux jump up 25%.
(See the MacOs numbers, that went up a mere 2.7% (= 0.05 / 1,79).)


Last edited by Eike on 2 August 2023 at 11:11 am UTC
Eike Aug 2, 2023
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Quoting: dpanterWell, historically speaking every substantial deviation from the trend stemmed from flawed data and was typically corrected before long... but I'll take it. :)

It does look as plausible as the March numbers, yes.

But the trend is still going in the right direction.
legluondunet Aug 2, 2023
It should happened, Apple is not actually a good platform for gaming.
They missed the Vulkan turn and isolated themselves with their exotic graphics specs.
mr-victory Aug 2, 2023
How time flies... When were we celebrating reaching %1.00, 2021?
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It was July 21. Weird thing is that it happened before I signed up here, 2 months ago.


Last edited by mr-victory on 2 August 2023 at 11:31 am UTC
spacemonkey Aug 2, 2023
Maybe there's an error in the Pop!_OS data. It is 2.97% of Linux users and gained 2.97%, meaning it was 0% previous month.. Does not seem correct to me.
Liam Dawe Aug 2, 2023
Quoting: spacemonkeyMaybe there's an error in the Pop!_OS data. It is 2.97% of Linux users and gained 2.97%, meaning it was 0% previous month.. Does not seem correct to me.
It always does that on the Linux-specific data when they start showing a distro. Pop wasn't listed last month. It's odd but it does it any time a "new" distro appears in the list.
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