Steam is no longer compatible with Windows Vista or with Windows XP since January 1, 2021. The online video game platform therefore invites users to opt for a more recent version of Microsoft's OS, such as Windows 10.
“As of January 1, 2021, Steam will officially stop supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems,” Steam announces on its official website. Since that date, Steam can no longer be used on computers still running these two versions of Windows.
This January 1, 2021, Steam stops supporting Windows XP and Windows Vista
“To continue running Steam and any games or other products purchased through Steam, users will need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows,” Microsoft says. The platform is in fact still compatible with Windows 10, which has become the most widely used fixed OS in the world., Windows 8.1 or Windows 8. Steam is also still compatible on Windows 7, for which Microsoft support will cease in January 2021.
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According to the platform, this decision concerns only one tiny part of online gamers. In December, only 0,12% of Steam players were still using Windows XP. On Windows Vista, they were only 0,09%. Unsurprisingly, most gamers (66%) are using Windows 10. 27% are still on Windows 7.
“The new features of Steam are based on a built-in version of the Google Chrome browser, which no longer works on older versions of Windows,” explains Steam in its press release. As a reminder, Windows XP was released in October 2001. Microsoft ceased support for it in 2014. For its part, Windows Vista was deployed in 2006. Microsoft's support took in 2021. What do you think of Steam's decision ? Is this a good reason to upgrade to a newer version of Windows?
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