Steam Support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Ends on January 2024
Valve is ending Steam support for older operating system versions of Windows starting January 1st, 2024. Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems will no longer be able to download, install, and play games via Steam.
Windows 10 / 11 will still be able to make use of Steam as stated in the official blog post from the company which reads "The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows."
According to Valve's February Hardware and Software Survey, just 0.09% of players make use of Windows 7 32-bit system, while an additional 1.43% of players make use of Steam on the 64-bit version of Windows 7. As for Windows 8.1, 0.34% of users make use of Steam to play games, while 62.33% of users make use of Windows 10.
Steam support for Windows 7 and 8 endings shouldn't look surprising knowing that popular gaming companies like Fortnite just early last month dropped support for these two operating systems. Their reason was that the implementation of Unreal Engine 5.1 made it difficult for older system OS to run the game, though a workaround for this is game streaming via Nvidia GeForce Now.
Steam remains the best, safest, and official way to get games on a PC without risking your computer for viruses on popular gaming sites. For those unable to afford some games, Steam sometimes lowers the prices of games for a limited time allowing users to purchase games at a very low price e.g from $39.99 - $9.99. They have revealed Sales and Fests scheduled for 2023 so users can plan in advance what games to purchase.