The company Valve presented a rating of game controllers used in Steam
Holiwara on the topic "what is better - a game console or game-sharpened PC", probably can be attributed to the eternal themes. Arguments in their favor supporters of both points of view can lead very different, one another more beautiful. But the consolers rarely manage to draw PC fans to their camp, and the last, accordingly, does not always seem to be the ability to convince the consolers.
But both the first and the second agree that the gamepad can and should be used both when playing on the console, and on the PC. Of course, not everyone uses game controllers in conjunction with personal computers, but many gamers do this. Recently Valve Company presented detailed statistics on the use of gamepads by users of Steam.
according to Steam , about 30 million users of the service have at least one connected to the PC gamepad. By the way, these data the company was able to find out after the "Steam Input" program was launched, which enabled to understand the preferences of gamers. Data is depersonalized, but they allow us to understand which game controllers are more popular than others. By the way, many players connect to their computer not one, but two or more gamepad, so that their total number is close to 60 million
Data on the use of game controllers were collected by the company for three years. As it turned out, the most popular gamepads were the devices from Microsoft - in particular, the controller for Xbox 360 (about 27.2 million registered Steam users use them), and also the controller for Xbox One (about 11.5 million users prefer these devices). As for Sony DualShock, they were chosen by 12.2 million users, and SualShock 3 - the preference of 4.1 million people.
By the way, Valve has its own iron and naturally, the company actively promotes it. So, she managed to sell hundreds of thousands of own controllers. About 1.3 million Steam Controllers are connected to PC players. Sales, by the way, started in June 201? so the result is not bad. True, most Steam controllers are not used regularly, they only work from time to time.
Steam Controllers are often used as secondary gamepads. Interestingly, most often the users of controllers from Microsoft come - about 20% of those who have devices for Xbox One use and Steam Controllers. Among users of DualShock 4 "alternative" only 9%.
The Switch Pro controller was unexpectedly very popular, given its novelty. It appeared in 201? and players began to use it almost immediately. Then, a year ago, support was limited to the basic ability to remap the buttons in the Steam entry system. This led to the fact that some functions did not work, including motion control and vibration. But the update, released by Steam in May 201? breathed life into this controller. All functions and icons were added. Now Switch Pro is on the seventh place among the most popular controllers in the Steam ecosystem.
According to the "researchers", the share of controllers for consoles from Sony is lower than the same gamepads from Xbox, because the former are almost not perceived as devices for playing on a PC. Initially, we had to use specialized software to connect the controllers from Sony to a personal computer (at the very beginning it was soldering and software, then - just software).
The rating of game controllers from Valve includes other devices, including rudders, joysticks and other accessories. They, by the way, are also quite popular (for example, 783 denspas are registered in the system). Another interesting point is that fans of old gaming consoles connect, for example, controllers from N64 and other systems to the PC. At the moment the Steam input system supports more than 200 controller models.
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