Valve corporation has continued to provide client Steam for Microsoft Windows XP despite the discontinued XP support from the tech giant Microsoft years back. Now, Valve is ending Steam support on Windows XP and Windows Vista according to recent reports.
Steam Will Stop Working On Windows XP And Vista
According to Netmarketshare reports, Microsoft Windows Vista is no longer used worldwide as it shows to be only present in only 0.40% computers. However, Windows XP still holds a good market share above Windows 7&8 with 5.94%.
Valve says that new features of Steam requires an embedded version of Google Chrome and apparently, Chrome browser no longer works on older versions of Windows. The company also said security features present on Windows 7 is also needed for Steam, however, they didn’t mention which of the security feature is required.
Starting January 1, 2019, the Digital Distribution Platform will no longer support Windows XP and Windows Vista and after that date, it will stop running on those operating systems.
Also, by the end of 2018, Steam will continue to run on legacy PCs, but it’ll come with some features limitations like the new chat experience. In addition, EA’s Origin already stopped support on Windows XP and Vista in 2016, however, they still offer legacy installer for them.
To continue using Steam, Valve recommends upgrading to a newer version of Windows Operating system. Steam is also available on MacOS and Linux but not all games runs on these platform.