Steam will Drop Support for Windows XP and Vista Come 2019
Valve has just announced that its digital distribution platform, Steam, will be dropping support for Windows XP and Vista starting next year. This means that come January 1, 2019, the Steam client will no longer launch on the said operating systems.
Valve gave this explanation in a knowledge base article on Steam:
“The newest features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows. In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above.”
This move isn’t all that surprising given that Microsoft themselves no longer support the said versions. Support for XP ended in 2014 while Vista stopped receiving updates last year. Also, the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey (July 2018) revealed that only about 0.32% of Windows users on the platform actually still use XP and Vista. Over 93% are on 64-bit versions of either Windows 7 or 10.
The platform will continue to run on XP and Vista for the remainder of 2018, but some features will either be limited or not available at all. For example, the new chat client will be inaccessible on those operating systems.
Valve is encouraging users to upgrade to a more recent version of Windows to avoid any problems. If you’re still on either of the operating systems, it might be a good idea to do just that, unless you want to greet the new year with no access to your game library.
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