Windows 8 gamers increasing with each Steam hardware survey

Steam Hardware Survey

By on January 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

It looks like the horror of the Metro tile interface isn’t enough to deter PC gamers, with the latest Steam hardware survey showing the rise of Windows 8 continues.

According to the survey, 20% of Steam users are now running the OS, a gain of 1.5% in just over a month.

Unfortunately for Windows h8ers, the operating system is going to be the only way to get incremental DirectX updates in the future, with Microsoft confirming that DirectX 11.2 — and presumably onwards — would be exclusive to Windows 8 (and the Xbox One, natch).

Source: Steam via PCGamesN

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LOL with Mantle on the way DX’s days are numbered…

Also don’t forget Win 8.2 is re-instating the Start menu properly and that there are a number of ways to return Win 8 to Win 7 style setup and functionality. Then it becomes a slightly faster Win 7, oh which crashes less in Battlefield 4 :D

 

RSOblivion,

If that’s the case I’ll probably switch when 8.2 hits unless you need 3rd party junk to do the whole win 7 style..

 

somexspec:
RSOblivion,

If that’s the case I’ll probably switch when 8.2 hits unless you need 3rd party junk to do the whole win 7 style..

I believe in 8.1 they added a button to go straight to desktop and skip metro, whereas before that you had to click 1 button and went straight to classic desktop.

The only real issue with Windows 8 these days is the fact that it’s not always compatible with older titles, but on the other hand it apparently has performance increases with newer games like BF4.

 

RSOblivion:
LOL with Mantle on the way DX’s days are numbered…

Also don’t forget Win 8.2 is re-instating the Start menu properly and that there are a number of ways to return Win 8 to Win 7 style setup and functionality. Then it becomes a slightly faster Win 7, oh which crashes less in Battlefield 4 :D

I don’t see Mantle taking off like some people want it to.

DirectX has at least another decade easy.

 

Mantle won’t take off due to it currently only being exclusive to AMD GPUs.

If you’re going to try to make an API with intent to kill off DX, it needs to work on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs right from the start.

As for Windows 8, I’ll most likely jump on board when Windows 8.2 drops.

 

PalZer0: antle won’t take off due to it currently only being exclusive to AMD GPUs.

If you’re going to try to make an API with intent to kill off DX, it needs to work on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs right from the start.

Yeeeep

 

Yeah spent the last two weeks with a Windows 8.1 laptop trying to wrestle with the interface. The good news is once you install all your favourite third party programs and set it to start to desktop you barely need to look at Metro. The bad news is you still have to eventually look at Metro. Just not as often. (no I didn’t install a Start Menu replacer – don’t see why I should have to)

That said, apart from Metro Windows 8.1 wasn’t that bad. Although I did miss a few things, for example I couldn’t find a list of recently opened documents. Not saying its not there just I didn’t have the time to seriously hunt it down. Use this a lot in Windows 7, so I kind of missed it.

Oh and extra fun on a laptop is the touch pad until you adjust. It took me a few minutes of frustration until I discovered the left swipe across the touch pad changes apps thing. It took me a while wondering why all of a sudden my app that I was fiddling with suddenly vanished and was replaced with the desktop or any other random app I hadn’t closed yet. That said a mouse and touch pad together means the interface was rather good – mouse for generally doing stuff on screen and touchpad to quickly bolt between apps.

At any rate if W8.2 does indeed include a start menu I would be very tempted to go over to it. Sorry I still really hate the start screen.

Oh just one other thing that really bugs me: Microsoft Solitaire Collection. Since when did it go from being a package included by default to an ad-supported extra you need to download that you can pay a yearly subscription to get rid of the ads? Screw you Microsoft.

 

It’s cool to hate, all the kids are doing it…

Windows “8.2″ (aka “Threshold”) won’t be around for a while, what’s more interesting is the unification of the code base – including Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, tasty stuff, especially now that Terry Myerson is in charge of the Windows division!

If you are perfectly happy on Windows 7 then stay there, it’s a great OS, but all the BS surrounding the Start Screen is not a justifiable reason to avoid Windows 8(.1) – which is also a great OS, it just has some interface quirks that take a few laps around the oval to get used to.

People hate change, some more than others, get off the wagon and ride your own horse… if you dare!

 

schikitar:
It’s cool to hate, all the kids are doing it…

Windows “8.2″ (aka “Threshold”) won’t be around for a while, what’s more interesting is the unification of the code base – including Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, tasty stuff, especially now that Terry Myerson is in charge of the Windows division!

If you are perfectly happy on Windows 7 then stay there, it’s a great OS, but all the BS surrounding the Start Screen is not a justifiable reason to avoid Windows 8(.1) – which is also a great OS, it just has some interface quirks that take a few laps around the oval to get used to.

People hate change, some more than others, get off the wagon and ride your own horse… if you dare!

Exactly this.

What I find funny is that people chuck a spastic when MS changes the Start Menu, but then these same people are more than willing to go to Linux or SteamOS in a heartbeat, completely changing the WHOLE Operating System.

Humans never cease to amaze me.

 

I bet BF4 is to blame for a lot of the win8 users. I am one of them and I’m very happy with win8. I never use the tile menu screen and the only time i see it is when i hit the windows key to use the search function.

I was 100% happy with win7 before i tried win8, if it wasn’t for BF4 being such an abortion i would never of tried win8. Thanks Dice…

 

felixinside,

Difference being if I decided to go from Windows to Linux, I’d be expecting an interface change. I’d be an idiot to expect otherwise. Going from one version of Windows to another I shouldn’t expect two interfaces that are so completely different it’s like night and day.

At any rate I’ve now used Windows 8/8.1 for 4 weeks in total (last year for 2 weeks and another 2 weeks just gone) and don’t see myself upgrading my current system to it. Or changing to Linux/SteamOS/whatever other OS creeps out of the woodworks. In fact unless I change my entire computer I’ll probably be nice and comfy on Windows 7 for a good while I imagine, unless MS decide to piss off everybody by completely dropping support for it in the near future.

 

felixinside: What I find funny is that people chuck a spastic when MS changes the Start Menu, but then these same people are more than willing to go to Linux or SteamOS in a heartbeat, completely changing the WHOLE Operating System.

Linux has a start menu though so it makes sense lol.

Those adoption rates will eventually change once Microsoft announce their follow up. You’ll recall Vista had the same surge in adoption towards the end of its lifecycle.. but this doesn’t make Vista nor Windows 8 any better.. they’re still shit Oses for what you’re paying for. Better to just wait for 9 IMO it’ll work out more cost effective. It’s like what we used to do with Photoshop before the Creative Cloud bullshit came into effect. You don’t immediately upgrade.. you upgrade 2-3 versions later that way the upgrade is more substantial and costs effectively the same.

I’ll also point out that the 2.8% increase is primarily because people have changed from Windows 8 to 8.1. I personally think who ever wrote this is trying to advocate that Windows 8 sales and adoptions are growing rapidly.. they are not. Sure some people have changed OSes but look at the statistics, 50% of users using Windows 7 64bit… Windows 8 ain’t even a drop in the ocean.

 

PalZer0:
Mantle won’t take off due to it currently only being exclusive to AMD GPUs.

If you’re going to try to make an API with intent to kill off DX, it needs to work on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs right from the start.

As for Windows 8, I’ll most likely jump on board when Windows 8.2 drops.

This is fact. While i like the idea of mantle, it simply won’t take off because it makes Nvidia users unable to use it. Something for both companies would be awsome.

i guess we’re stuck with DX for the time being. Not that i really care, its been around long enough lol

Anyway, i don’t get all the hate for windows 8? I see alot of it here, but everyone i know that uses it said its fine? Maybe it was shit at first release, but from what i’ve read its improved and is a good OS.

I’ve went for windows 8.1 for my new system thats about to get built, so hopefully its good lol

 

People are increasingly using an OS that they are increasingly being forced to use.

Not exactly a news worthy revelation you’ve got there Tim.

 

Last I read Mantle works on nVidia hardware out of the box (but won’t have as much a performance boost until properly supported) which brings a big question mark on whether or not mantle is a low level API like originally claimed.

I can’t find the original source where I read that but I did find this.

http://wccftech.com/amd-mantle-api-require-gcn-work-nvidia-graphic-cards/

 

somexspec:
RSOblivion,

If that’s the case I’ll probably switch when 8.2 hits unless you need 3rd party junk to do the whole win 7 style..

Not sure at what 3rd party “junk” you looked at, but when i got my gaming laptop about 14 months ago 1st thing i did was install “Start is Back”. It cost me about $3 and it was the best investment ive made for the laptop. Win7 interface with all the goodness of Win8 under the bonnet. Pretty funny watching all those ppl whinge about Win8, when $3 would change their perception about it.

Im due for a new lappy this year, and ill make sure it comes with Win8. Start is Back rocks ^^

schrapple:
People are increasingly using an OS that they are increasingly being forced to use.

Not exactly a news worthy revelation you’ve got there Tim.

+1

 

mezza,

The point being made is that people shouldn’t be forced to spend money on 3rd party utilities that do something MS should’ve done in the first place.

Going back to XP, not many people liked the XP Start menu when it came out. However, MS gave people the option to revert to the 9x style Start menu so they could work with what they knew and could learn the new menu at their own pace. If MS did something similar with Windows 8 (give people the option to revert to the Windows 7 Start menu), there wouldn’t be so much backlash.

 
jerichosainte

I went to win 8.1 with start8 recently and yes is is a decent OS. The only reason I got it was to have a decent game in BF4. Even with those DX improvements it’s still a broken game. Plus I had numerous driver and application issues with my peripherals i.e. had to plug my mouse into a spare computer to upload my profile as win 8.1 did not like the software designed for it. Also could not get my joystick to work in game which worked perfectly in windows calibration.

In the end I put Win7 back on no problems what so ever. Not worth wasting hours troubleshooting win 8.1.

 

I had a non tech minded friend who was really angry at Windows 8 because he used Youtube to listen to music while he used Photoshop, and when he upgraded to Windows 8 whenever he switched from Youtube to Photoshop it would pause and stop playing when it went into the “background”.

(obviously, there’s a fix for it, but non tech minded people are going to understandably be very angry about random changes like this)

 

Looks like Tim Colwill and his colleagues are continuing to destroy any quality journalism that GoN/IGN once had with all this stupid anti-Microsoft agenda.

Tim, didn’t you once say to me that there was no agenda? Seems to me like your pants is on fire.

 
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