Statistics from the Steam platform for November show a significant increase in the popularity of AMD graphics cards (by 4.7 percentage points) and CPUs (by 8.4 percentage points) compared to October – all at the expense of NVIDIA and Intel, which suffered comparable losses had to the reporting period. However, this data only indicates a return to the status quo in hardware share distribution and does not indicate an expansion in the share of AMD GPUs and CPUs on the platform. In other words, everything is more or less back to where it was in October.
November’s Steam stats are almost the exact opposite of October’s. Everything that this or that company gained or lost in October was lost or gained in November. For example, the short-term surge in popularity of GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards in October was reversed in November. Models like the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti lost several percentage points compared to October data. In particular, the share of the GeForce RTX 3060, which turned out to be the most popular graphics card on the platform at the time, fell from 9.92% in October to 5.04% in November. In return, almost all AMD graphics cards have gained several percentage points to some extent over the past month.
In general, the situation here correlates with the results of the September statistics, which suggests that the October data turned out to be an exception rather than a systematic consistency. Ultimately, the likelihood seems low that NVIDIA initially significantly increased the share of its graphics cards on the platform and then lost it significantly within a few months.
In October, Intel significantly increased the proportion of its processors on the platform. However, in November it turned out that the situation was exactly the opposite, as was the case with NVIDIA graphics cards. Currently about 1/3 of Steam users use AMD chips, Intel chips make up 2/3 of the remaining users. In addition, it should be emphasized that the popularity of processors with six and eight cores is decreasing, and quad-core processors are becoming more and more popular. However, the latest changes in this segment only occur in September.
The growing popularity of processors that support AX512VNNI instructions in November also seems interesting. Especially considering that this guide is only supported by 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generation Intel Core processors and AMD Ryzen 7000. The share of such chips on the platform has increased to 10.6%. There was also a slight increase in users with 16 GB of RAM compared to October.
In the operating system segment, the popularity of Windows 11 increased by 11.5 percentage points. In turn, the popularity of Windows 10 fell by 12.1 percentage points last month. Currently, the total share of Windows 11 users on the platform is 42%, while that of Windows 10 users is 53.5%.
There’s been another significant shift in the most popular languages on the Steam platform. In October, Chinese increased its share by 13.7 percentage points to 45.9%, making it the most popular language on the gaming platform. In November, the number of users using Chinese fell to 26%. In return, English increased its share to 36% and became the most popular language on Steam.
The platform’s language statistics may explain all the oddities associated with the latest Steam research. Back in 2018, Valve said it had discovered a bug in the survey algorithm that allowed computers in Asian internet cafes to complete the survey multiple times. For example, surveys conducted before the fix showed that the share of AMD processors on the platform was declining, even though the latest Ryzen chips were much better than their FX-series predecessors at the time.
It is very likely that Valve was never able to fully solve this problem in the calculation algorithm. An example is Steam data from March, when the share of AMD processors and graphics cards on the platform fell significantly, while the popularity of Windows 10 and the Chinese language increased sharply. All of these anomalies disappeared in the April statistics when the indicators returned to February values.