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Windows 11’s share on Steam has fallen, but not for long

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Microsoft’s latest operating system is quite popular among gamers. However, according to recent statistics published by Valve on the digital distribution platform Steam, the popularity of Windows 11 is declining.

Windows 11's share on Steam has fallen, but not for long

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Windows 10 has recovered from falling below 56% in August 2023. Microsoft’s not-so-new operating system now holds nearly 57.97%, up 1.99 percentage points from the previous month.

At the same time, the share of Windows 11 fell from 39.22% in August to 37.43%. Windows 11 and 10 together account for more than 95% of all Steam users. However, the situation will soon change, as Valve plans to stop supporting OS versions released before Windows 10 in January 2024. This step will be taken due to the recent end of support for Chromium in Windows 7 and 8.

So, the full rating looks like this:

  • Windows 10 64-bit – 57.97%
  • Windows 11 – 37.43%
  • Windows 7 64-bit – 1.23%
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit – 0.18%
  • Windows 7 32-bit – 0.06%

The market shares of other operating systems on Steam are similar to Windows 7. 1.43% use macOS and 1.63% use Linux.

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Nvidia is, in a sense, giving away over a hundred games when you buy a GeForce RTX 40 graphics card. In fact, the gift comes with a Game Pass subscription

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Nvidia is in a sense giving away over a hundred

Nvidia has decided to update gifts for buyers of GeForce RTX 40 video cards, but there are no games in the new set. Or there is, but it depends on how you look at it.

Nvidia is, in a sense, giving away over a hundred games when you buy a GeForce RTX 40 graphics card. In fact, the gift comes with a Game Pass subscription

The bottom line is that when purchasing a 3D card, the user will receive three months of Game Pass subscription as a gift. That is, access to more than a hundred games for free. That is, in a sense, we can say that more than a hundred games are included as a gift, but only for three months.

In addition, customers receive a free three-month subscription to the GeForce NOW Priority cloud gaming service. True, it’s not very clear why the owner of a fresh RTX 40 video card needs cloud gaming, but it’s still a gift.

Such gifts come with all RTX 40 cards, but, as always, not in all regions and not even at all retailers. This particular promotion is available in North America and most of Europe. Buyers in Latin America and most of Asia will only receive a Game Pass subscription.

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The world’s first mini-PC with a processor like the Asus ROG Ally game console. Edge Z1 is based on Ryzen Z1

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The worlds first mini PC with a processor like the Asus

AMD earlier this year introduced the Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme hybrid mobile processors, designed for portable consoles. It turned out that a mini-PC with such an APU will soon appear on the market.

The world's first mini-PC with a processor like the Asus ROG Ally game console.  Edge Z1 is based on Ryzen Z1

The model is called Edge Z1 and is based, as the name suggests, on the base Ryzen Z1 APU. This, for example, underlies the younger version of Asus ROG Ally.

Let’s remember that the Ryzen Z1 has six cores with a frequency of up to 4.9 GHz and an iGPU Radeon 740M with 128 stream processors. The performance of this APU in games is not particularly high due to the rather weak graphics core, but later there will be a version on the Ryzen Z1 Extreme, which is generally the same as the Ryzen 7 7840U.

The ETA Prime channel tested a prototype mini-PC, but since this is a completely ordinary product, it is unlikely that the serial one will be much different. In addition to the mentioned processor, we can note two slots for RAM, a slot for SSD, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 and USB-C, USB 3, USB 2.0, RJ45 and HDMI ports. Dimensions are not specified, but the PC is very compact.

There is no release date or price yet, but the manufacturer plans to initially enter some kind of crowdfunding platform.

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Steam has added support for Sony DualShock and DualSense gamepads

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Steam has added support for Sony DualShock and DualSense gamepads

Valve has added support for Sony DualShock and DualSense gamepads in the latest Steam client update, and has also integrated identity APIs to give developers and players the tools and information they need.

In addition, Valve has also added controller-related filters. Players can choose games that support DualShock and DualSense.

Steam has added support for Sony DualShock and DualSense gamepads

Last year, controllers were used in more than three billion Steam gaming sessions:

  • 60% – Xbox controller;
  • 27% – controllers for PlayStation;
  • the remaining 13% is shared between the Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch Pro and hundreds of other controllers.

Four years ago, during the same period (until November 2019), there were 990 million gaming sessions with controllers:

  • 76% – Xbox controllers;
  • 19% – controllers for PlayStation.
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