Published On: Tue, Jun 6th, 2017

Apple introduces ‘Metal for VR’ in macOS High Sierra

Virtual existence is entrance to Macs, arrange of.

Apple showed off a new chronicle of Metal, named Metal 2, during a WWDC eventuality Monday. The large news was that there will shortly be Mac support for VR calm creation. Apple is shipping “Metal for VR” with High Sierra.

All of this is enabled by Metal 2’s new support for outmost graphics, that will concede we to bond your Mac around Thunderbolt to an outmost GPU that’s a bit some-more brawny than a integrated graphics on a MacBooks and a reduction blazing graphics cards on desktop. This outmost graphics resolution isn’t a many user-friendly configuration, so don’t design any consumer-facing VR adore too soon.

Notably, a association announced that it has partnered with Valve to move SteamVR SDK support to a Mac. SteamVR is a program behind headsets like a HTC Vive and an arriving headset from LG. Apple also minute a collaborations with Unity and Epic Games’ Unreal engine to optimize a tip VR diversion engines for macOS. No sum on either Oculus developers will get any local love.

Metal 2 has a new VR-optimized arrangement tube alongside viewport arrays and stereoscopic cognisance support debuggers that should concede VR developers a good approach to build calm on a Mac.

Apple had a few VR demos to uncover off, privately one from Star Wars done by Lucas Films’ Industrial Light and Magic. In a churned existence demo, ILM showcased VR origination inside VR drag-and-dropping ships and Darth Vader himself.

“Metal for VR” ships with macOS High Sierra.

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