If you have recently purchased a VR kit to use with the SteamVR up Mac there is bad news for you. Valve is ending VR support for MacOS, in order to “focus on Windows and Linux”. Mac users can still access legacy builds, but that means there will be no more improvements and no more bugs will be fixed.
In Valve’s brief announcement, the company announced that legacy builds of the VR platform remain accessible on the Mac by right-clicking SteamVR in Steam and setting the ‘Beta’ entry in Properties. SteamVR is Valve software for running VR games. Not all games need it, and you can use a tool called OpenComposite to play SteamVR without having it installed.
Thanks to the surge of interest caused by Half-Life: Alyx, nearly a million Steam users now own virtual reality devices, but the total of all Steam users is 2% and only 4% of Steam users play on Mac. The number of people with a Mac who playing VR titles is therefore relatively tiny, so it’s an understandable move.
What do you think of this choice? Are you among the unlucky ones using SteamVR on Mac? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun