Since January 1, Steam has stopped working on the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. In order to continue enjoying the gaming platform developed by Valve, the company suggests that players update to newer versions of the Microsoft system.
The company has stated that this is because Steam runs on an integrated version of Google Chrome that no longer works on older versions of Windows. In addition, the Valve game store will require security features and updates that are present in Windows 7 and above.
This means that users with Windows XP and Vista will no longer be able to enter the online store or run their games. According to the “Steam Hardware and Software Survey” in December, the number of users who still play in those operating systems is very small (0.21%), so this effect is not so serious.
In any case, it is always important to have recent operating systems for support and security patches, without counting on the new functions that integrate to offer a more pleasant and secure user experience. An example of the above is the Steam chat, which since late 2018 was only compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Currently the most used operating system in the Valve platform is Windows 10 (66.54%), followed by Windows 7 (27.21%).