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Apple must make ‘a good computer’ before Oculus supports Mac

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey has revealed the company won’t offer Oculus Rift support for Mac users until Apple makes ‘a good computer’ that’s up to spec.

In an interview with ShackNews, Luckey said Apple must offer higher end GPUs within computers before the Mac users will be able to pair up with a Rift headset.

The VR visionary pointed out that Oculus would “love to support’ Apple, but not even the $6,000 Mac Pro meets the specs recommended by Oculus.

He said: “That is up to Apple and if they ever release a good computer we will do it. It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs. You can a buy $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700s and it still doesn’t match our recommended spec. If they prioritize higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day I think we’d love to support Mac.

“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.”

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The founder points out none of Apple’s Mac range has close to the graphical processing power to render the 400 million shaded pixels per second necessary to effectively run VR software.

He added: “On the raw rendering costs: a traditional 1080p game at 60Hz requires 124 million shaded pixels per second. In contrast, the Rift runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays, consuming 233 million pixels per second.

“At the default eye-target scale, the Rift’s rendering requirements go much higher: around 400 million shaded pixels per second. This means that by raw rendering costs alone, a VR game will require approximately 3x the GPU power of 1080p rendering.”

With Apple’s own interest in the VR sector ramping up through recent appointments, it seems certain the company will up its game on the GPU side of things in future iMac and Mac Pro releases.


The Rift headset is currently up for pre-order.

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