Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Head of Steam: Valve’s store now has more active users than Xbox Live

Steam Active Users 65 Million

Valve seems to have hit on a good thing with its Steam online store for PC games. The Verge reports that Steam now has 65 million active users, which represents a 30% year-over-year rise from 2012 and which has helped the store blow past Xbox Live’s active user count of around 48 million users. The reason this is interesting is that Valve will be taking on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 next year when manufacturers start cranking out Steam Machine consoles based on its free-to-use Linux-based SteamOS gaming platform. While it’s going to be hard for a third player to make waves in the gaming console market, Valve’s 48 million active Steam users give it a better head start than any other prospective players.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.