Normally, the list of top sellers on Steam includes well-known AAA titles that have just been released, well-known long-time favorites or new indie pearls enjoying 15 minutes of fame. Very briefly, however, the balance of power seems to have shifted. So two products landed on the front seats, with which probably no one has expected.
Valve VR headset and controllers launch the Steam charts
At regular intervals, the Steam platform provider announces which products have sold best over the marketplace over the last week. Normally, this list mainly includes games from other vendors that Valve has in his huge Steam catalog.
But in the week from 25 November to 01 December there was in the listing a real curiosity. Instead of playing two hardware products were at the top of the charts again – both come from Valve itself. While the Steam Controller could secure second place, Valve's new index VR kit landed in the top position. Only from the third place returned to normality in the list. The bronze medal secured Halo: The Master Chief Collection this week.
The complete Top 10 of the Steam Charts from November 25 to December 01, 2019 in the overview:
- Valve Index VR Kit
- Steam Controller
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Player Unknown's Battlegrounds
- Sekiro: Shadows The Twice
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Monster Hunter World
- Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
- Football Manager 2020
VR Headset and Controller in the Steam Charts: How did this happen?
A VR headset and a controller occupy the top spots on Steam? That may sound in the first moment that Valve has styled the lists a bit. But if you look at the events of recent weeks, this development is quite understandable.
Finally, on 21 November, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, a long-awaited sequel to the popular shooter series – which will only be playable in VR. No wonder then that many users have gained Valve's new VR system in the following days.
And even the ripping paragraph of the Steam Controller can be explained. Shortly before Black Friday, the price of the input device on Steam was drastically reduced – the controller could be ordered for a mere € 5.50. Competing models from Sony and Microsoft cost about seven times the bargain events.
PC players could make a really good deal here, which will most likely never reappear in this form. Because shortly after the end of the offer, Valve finally retired the Steam Controller. A follow-up product does not seem to be planned yet.
So you get out of Steam even more:
What do you say Valve's hardware products have messed up the Steam charts? Would you have expected to see the two products at the top? Do you use one of the devices at home? If so, how do you like it? Write us your opinion in the comments.