Windows 11 takes another step in gaming PC adoption

It may be hard to believe, but Windows 11’s first anniversary is fast approaching and the number of users adopting Microsoft’s latest operating system shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the operating system just hit another milestone in gaming PC adoption.

According to Steam Hardware and Software Survey: August 2022, a quarter of the gaming PC population running a Microsoft operating system now uses Windows 11, 24.71% to be exact. Its share among Windows users has increased by 2.94% this month, and it also boasts an impressive performance across Valve’s platform.

However, it still has a long way to go before it overtakes its predecessor, with Windows 10 occupying a comfortable 71.76% market share even after a 3.65% decline. Time is most certainly on Windows 11’s side, as the mainstream operating system only has three years to go before Microsoft ends support for it.

Windows 11’s impending 22H2 update might attract more users to the platform, but its features like Auto HDR and DirectStorage should more obviously benefit gamers. If you’re hoping to get the most out of the latter, make sure you’ve plugged in the best gaming SSD you can find with a PCIe 5.0 or 4.0 interface in your system.

Robert P. Miller