American virtual reality technology company Oculus VR LLC is eagerly waiting on technology giant Apple to release a “good” Mac having faster video card. The company thinks so to render its support for the Rift VR headset on OS X. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said that there will be no Mac support coming until Apple builds ‘good’ system with better graphics. Founded by Palmer Luckey and Jack McCaule, Oculus VR is known for offering virtual reality headsets, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.
“If they ever release a good computer, we will do it,” says Luckey at a Microsoft Xbox press event. “It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs,” he explained. “You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended specs. So if they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day, we’d love to support Mac. But right now, there’s just not a single machine out there that supports it,” he added.
When it comes to mid- to high-level Windows PCs, the Rift has already pushed the performance boundaries. Oculus VR headset needs an Intel Core i5-4590 processor and an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 card for graphics. Both the GTX 970 and R9 290 are full-sized graphics cards. On the other hand, most Macs and top-end iMacs use weaker mobile processors for the purpose of saving space, cost, and/or power consumption. That is why the virtual reality technology company has paused work on Mac support last year in May. Earlier this year, Oculus founder Luckey made likewise gloomy comments about the Mac. He said that the Mac support is “on the roadmap post-decent Apple hardware release, whenever that is.” mac-technical-support.com
“If they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day, we’d love to support Mac,” Luckey continued. “But right now, there’s just not a single machine out there that supports it. So even if we can support it on the software side, there’s just no audience of people that can run the vast majority of software out there,” he added.
In response to Oculus move for Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed an interest in VR. He said, “I don’t think it’s a niche. It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.”