Steam has released a new developer tool to let them discover the most used controllers, showing the predominance of the Xbox one.
The data says that 68% of gamers who use a controller on Steam have chosen one of the Xbox ones. PlayStation controllers are far behind, at 21%, while Nintendo Switch controllers are stuck at 4%. The Steam Controller is used by only 2% of players, but having gone out of production it is likely that the figure will tend to worsen in the coming months/years.
Valve has not revealed which models are actually most used, grouping the controllers by macro families, but the Xbox data is not surprising, given the excellent support provided by Microsoft for its peripherals on Windows platforms.
Here is some other interesting data, taken directly from the report:
48 Million players have used a controller in a game on Steam, with about 10% of daily game sessions being played with a controller. Of course, that controller usage isn’t distributed evenly across all kinds of games. Many RTS games, are hard to play with a controller of any kind and tend to have a much smaller percentage of players using a controller (frequently below 1%)
In contrast, many sports and fighting games see over 70% of sessions played with a controller, while racing and skating games can easily have over 90% of players using a controller.
On the action and adventure fronts, most 3rd person adventure games see 40-50% of players using a controller, and the majority of FPS games are solidly in the range of 7-8%.