Steam Won’t Support Windows XP or Vista Next Year

The time has finally come. Those of you still clinging onto Windows XP will finally have to let it go. At least if you still want to continue using Steam.

Valve has announced that from the 1st January 2019, Steam will no longer support the Windows XP or Windows Vita operating systems. And it doesn’t mean that it won’t officially support them but it still might work, it means that it simply won’t run anymore.

If you want to continue using Steam in the new year then, it’s simple: you need to upgrade to Windows 10 or another supported OS. The reason given is that Steam’s newest features rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which isn’t compatible with older versions of Windows. Also, going forward, Valve wish to make use of enhanced features and security only found in Windows 7 and up.

If you’re currently using Windows XP or Vista, you’ll be able to play games just fine until the end of the year. Certain Steam features may become unavailable to you, however, as they’re updated. And from the 1st of January, you won’t be able to play any of your games unless you’re on a supported OS. Really, they just won’t be available to you. So, better get looking to upgrade if it’s going to affect you.