June 5, 2017 Gaming Community: VR support and external GPU kit come to the macOS

VR support is coming to Apple’s new macOS High Sierra. The announcement comes out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where they demoed the HTC Vive running on a beta of SteamVR.

“Leading VR companies are joining Apple to drive VR innovation on the Mac with features coming later this year — Valve is optimizing their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, while Unity and Epic are bringing their VR development tools to MacOS,” according to Apple’s press release.

High Sierra uses the performance of Apple’s Metal 2, its new advanced graphics technology, to make VR on Mac a reality. In a press release, Vive notes that “Through a newly announced external GPU, developers and content creators will be able to use a beta of SteamVR and the new MacOS, High Sierra, to access the creative power of Vive with their Macs.”

Registered members of Apple’s Developer Program will have access to the External Graphics Developer kit, which includes a Thunderbolt 3 external PCI expansion chassis, AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card with 8GB VRAM and USB-C hub, starting today, at a cost of $599, according to the press release.

Apple made several other announcements regarding High Sierra, including the updates to apps, technology and more. High Sierra will arrive this fall as a free software update via the Mac App Store.