Valve's Steam platform has just broken its own record for concurrent online users, according to SteamDB data. The new record is 18,801,944 players, beating the previous one of 18,537,490 users from January 14th, 2018.
This certainly bodes well for Steam. For some reason, though, there seem to be a lot fewer players (over a million) who are actually playing games compared to the previous record.
.@Steam has broken its record for most concurrently online users that was held for two years. Previous record was 18,537,490 users. It's still increasing!
But there's about 1 million less players actually in-game (≈5.8mil vs ≈7mil two years ago).https://t.co/D6WDHbz0B4
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) February 2, 2020
In related Steam news, an analysis of the latest survey from December made by Road to VR suggests Virtual Reality gamers have reached an all-time record of 1.3 million 'monthly connected' on the platform.
On a year over year basis, VR owners are up 75% according to Road to VR's model. They've also modeled a projection of 2.75 million monthly connected Virtual Reality devices by the end of 2020.