Steam On Linux Usage Climbs Higher Thanks To The Steam Deck

Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 1 December 2022 at 07:43 PM EST. 138 Comments
Valve just posted their November 2022 Steam Survey results and it shows the Linux gaming marketshare continue to climb, driven by the success of their Arch Linux powered Steam Deck handheld gaming console.

October saw the Linux gaming marketshare at 1.28%, following months of ticking around the 1.2% range. Now for November... A rather big increase up to 1.44%.

Steam on Linux had a 1.44% marketshare to macOS at 2.45% and Windows at 96.11%. Besides a 0.16% increase month-over-month, this time last year Steam on Linux was at 1.16%, or a 0.28% increase year-over-year.

The 1.44% marketshare is the highest we've seen for Steam on Linux in many years... Back when it debuted a decade ago Steam on Linux enjoyed around a 2% marketshare, but during those peaks the overall Steam customer base was much smaller than it is today. So 1.44% today with Steam's current customer size is easily the largest in absolute terms ever for Linux gaming.

The Linux numbers show SteamOS Holo accounting for around a quarter of the Linux gamers out there.

The GPU metrics also reaffirm the Steam Deck's custom APU accounting for roughly a quarter of the Linux gamers on Steam.

Those wanting to see all the November 2022 survey metrics can find them on
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