Steam, the most popular digital distribution computer gaming platform, conducts monthly surveys to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software their customers are using. Some interesting results can be found from the September 2023 survey.
Some of the more interesting line items are as follows:
- OS Version: Windows 10 64 bit has 57.97%, with Windows 11 64 bit at 37.43% (and all versions of Windows commanding 96.94%). All versions of MacOS OSX total only 1.43%. All versions of Linux only do slightly better at 1.63%, which is somewhat surprising given the popularity of the Steam Deck, but not too unexpected given the total number of users overall.
- System RAM: 16 GB is the most popular at 51.33%, followed by 32 GB at 22.68%, and 8 GB at 14.39%.
- Video Cards: As expected, there are no strong favorites, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 at 6.1%, followed by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, which edged out a handful of other cards, at 4.65%.
- VRAM: Video card RAM has 8 GB with a commanding 31.11%, followed well behind by 6 GB at 17.99%, and 12 GB at 14.8%.
- Primary Display Resolution: Seems a bit low to be the most common resolution, but when it comes to gaming, performance matters, so lower is better in that sense. 1920 x 1080 has a commanding 61.17%, while 2560 x 1440 is a distant second at 16.61%.
- VR Headsets: Oculus Quest 2 (Meta Quest 2) has a commanding 41.19%, followed by Valve Index HMD at 19.23%, and Oculus Rift S at 11.34%. Meta Quest 3, which was released early last month, will likely move up pretty fast in the rankings with the next survey release.