During Apple’s WWDC event today they had a range of announcements surrounding AR and VR and though they didn’t mention it, one of those new features was support for HTC’s own virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, which will be compatible with the Mac with the release of macOS High Sierra.
Here’s the tweet that HTC executive Shien Ye confirmed the news with:
Hey Mac owners! Soon you'll be able to run Vive on macOS! pic.twitter.com/Slr9vWMxr5
— Shen Ye (@shen) June 5, 2017
High Sierra is set for release this Fall and will come with support for Steam VR, allowing users to take advantage of most of the stuff that has already been done with VR, as well as what Steam and others have done with their current platforms.
Apple said that the new iMacs will be the best option for running VR content, however, it is probable that you will be able to do this on the current models as well.
We presume that HTC Vive won’t be the only device to support the Mac, and it is likely that Oculus might follow, however, no one else has confirmed yet. We will update you if they do.