Valve, the company behind Steam, the popular gaming client and digital distribution service for PCs, has revealed the results of its January 2013 global hardware survey. According to the survey, the most popular operating system in use among PC gamers (using Steam) still remains Windows 7 (64-bit) and a vast majority of PC users rely on Intel processors and Nvidia's GeForce graphics cards.
While Valve hasn't revealed the total number of respondents to its survey, looking at the more than 56 million people that make up Steam's active user-base, it would be fair to say that the survey results are fairly accurate in representing the hardware configuration of the average PC gamer.
that's a pretty lofty goal. Roughly 1/2 of the gamers don't run NVDA cards, let alone Kepler ones capable of streaming to the Shield.
If they ramp to ~1M a quarter in 2013 that'd be a huge win... it'd take care of 10% of the 10M monthly unit volume that Jensen Huang says they need to hit for Tegra to become profitable, while at the same time increasing the value of the Nvidia ecosystem for serious GeForce gamers.
11M units, though, would suggest people would be buying them just for the Android gaming functionality... possible, but a harder value proposition.