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Our Linux & SteamOS gamer survey results for January 2016

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Blimey, another month already? That's right here's the results of our latest Linux & SteamOS user survey.

I'm now leaving out the old/jokey left in question about what type of drivers people are using on Intel, as there's only one type.

Edit: These graphs were updated after the article was posted to account for when the results are actually for. You did this in February, but the answers relate to January.

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A much better amount this time around, thanks for your help sharing it, please do share it again for next month!

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Liam Dawe 25 Feb, 2016
Article has be re-done, please re-check folks.

Feds has done some great work re-doing the graphs, the Months on the graphs now match the correct month for the Data not the month we present it (so it's accurate now).

Quoting: Segata Sanshiro
QuoteI'm now leaving out the old/jokey left in question about what type of drivers people are using on Intel, as there's only one type.

:'(

Hah, sorry! :)
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: TheBossI'm going to look at ways to re-do the survey and make it more accurate, unsure how right now. I am thinking possibly re-starting it and getting fresh data then from day-1. A hopefully easier option will be to get Feds who does the graphs to bump all the data back a month to show it correctly.

If you would do a whole new setup, I wonder if it should be more about gaming and less about Linux. E. g. I don't care a cent if people changed their distro last month (and I really wonder if that many do or if that many don't understand the question). I'd be more interested in say if they use a controller or a wheel, or what their most interesting game of the month was, or how much time they use for playing, ...
Very good comment, I will see what I can do. I also think the distro-hopping question really isn't needed at all for a gaming focused survey.
MaxPower 25 Feb, 2016
May I do two suggestions:
* For the question Did you buy a Steam Machine ? it should be clarified what a Steam Machine is. Does a self build PC running SteamOS count as a Steam Machine ? or make a difference between a off the shelve Steam Machine and a self build dedicated SteamOS PC
* For the graph How many Linux games did you buy last month? a cumulative graph should be used from bottom to top 11+, 6-10, 3-5 and 1-2, None can be left out as it would be shown as a gap at the top for the graph. That way we could see how many people bought at least 1 game, 3 games, 6 games and 11 games.
khalismur 25 Feb, 2016
Hmmm interesting


Last edited by khalismur on 25 February 2016 at 8:10 pm UTC
ElectricPrism 25 Feb, 2016
Quoting: mr-egg
Quoting: Keyrock"No wonder there's so many issues with 4K monitors, hardly anyone uses them! I genuinely miss my old monitors, 1920x1080 is just simpler."

1440p is the sweet spot for high end machines right now. .

yup, running a 1440p screen and the overall hit on the GPU wasn't the 75% more of the pixels you get.

That said, 1080p is still easier for devs sadly. Some recent games ( unity ) dont even still offer 1440p and SteamOS is firmly fixed @ 1080p for the UI & for Games at the moment.. so i wouldn't be using SteamOS @ 1440p down to scaling quality

makes me wonder if i should get a 1080p flat screen or a 4k one down to higher input lag on scaling and poor 4k UI / game support :|

I 4k downscale to 1080p @ 120hz. Of course it works great on 43". 4k below 30" is not for me. 96-110 PPI is the sweet spot.

Looking back I think a 40" might have been a better size for 4k. 1:1 scaling is important to me.
lvlark 25 Feb, 2016
Quoting: TheBossVery good comment, I will see what I can do. I also think the distro-hopping question really isn't needed at all for a gaming focused survey.

Things like distro, DE, which CPU etc, could maybe go on rotation? I think it's quite useful to see that a healthy chunk of people do gaming using, for instance, Fedora, when you're considering to try another distro. Similar for DE's, this survey can be a nice place to pick candidates.

Other than that, some more gaming-focussed questions could be useful, like which genre people are interested in, what kind of features they like/miss.


Last edited by lvlark on 25 February 2016 at 9:49 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 26 Feb, 2016
I'm sure this has come up before, but I find it interesting what a huge gulf there is between the proportion of AMD users running an open source driver (more than half!) vs. the proportion of Nvidia users running an open source driver (Like 2%!)

It's always been pretty clear that on one hand, the AMD proprietary drivers suck and its open source drivers are fairly decent, and on the other hand, the Nvidia proprietary drivers are fairly decent while (largely because Nvidia are unco-operative bastards) its open source drivers suck. But I hadn't realized the contrast was quite this dramatic.
fabertawe 26 Feb, 2016
Perhaps the "Steam Machine" section could have an option regarding the Steam Link? I just got one and it's fantastic. Not just for games but also streaming Netflix/Amazon Prime/movies/desktop etc.

So I've gone from being on the fence regarding a Steam Machine to definitely not getting/building one (at the moment anyway) as the Link fulfills my needs.
cprn 27 Feb, 2016
Seriously... Where's that survey? How do I fill it?
gnaag 28 Feb, 2016
It would be great to add questions about gamepads. I am really interested in some data about steam controllers.

- If people use gamepads on linux
- What kind of gamepad do they use (steam controller, x360, dualshock, other...)


Last edited by gnaag on 28 February 2016 at 12:10 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 29 Feb, 2016
Quoting: cprnSeriously... Where's that survey? How do I fill it?
We do a front page article dedicated to telling people when it's open every month, it also has a box when it's open linking to it above the news every month when it's open just like we have the link to the results post right now.
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