Daily news, dev blogs, and stories from Game Developer straight to your inbox
Steam to end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in 2024
When 2024 starts, Valve will bid farewell to Steam's support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
March 28, 2023
1 Min Read
Once 2024 starts, Steam will no longer support either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Valve confirmed the news in a short post on Steam's website, saying the Steam Client would no longer function for those operating systems (or Windows 8.1) on January 1. Anyone still using those systems will have to upgrade to something more recent in order to play games, run the app on their computer, and the like.
Per the post, Steam's newer features "rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows." Going forward, PC versions of the platform will also require Windows 10 or above due to security and feature updates only present in those versions.
Earlier in the month, Epic Games made a similar announcement about Fortnite no longer supporting Windows 7 and 8. Following its most recent season, the battle royale requires players to use Windows 10 or above, though Windows 7 or 8 users can still play the game via cloud streaming.
At the time, Epic attributed the decision to the growing technology and features brought on by Fortnite's new season. The way iterative games like these and platforms like Steam advance over the years, dropping the older operating systems was never a question of if, but when it would have to happen.
About the Author(s)
Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com
A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.
You May Also Like
Exploring the 2024 State of the Game Industry report - Game Developer Podcast ep. 39Feb 2, 2024
Phantom inspiration and the ethical auteur with Xalavier Nelson Jr.Dec 8, 2023
Designing Killer Queen: from playground experiment to modern arcade sensationOct 18, 2023
Rod Humble and King Choi illustrate the ambition of Life By YouSep 22, 2023
Get daily news, dev blogs, and stories from Game Developer straight to your inbox
Subscribe to Game Developer Newsletters to stay caught up with the latest news, design insights, marketing tips, and more