Valve Will No longer Support SteamVR On MacOS
Valve announced that SteamVR will no longer support the macOS operating system on its share over the Steam Community. Steam will no longer support SteamVR on macOS. RIP! It is the end of a very short era. Steam introduced SteamVR for Apple computers way back in the mists of time 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. Described as the technology of the future, virtual reality has gradually started to take place in the lives of people, albeit slowly. One of the environments where virtual reality is used the most is video games. Players can fully participate in the world of a game thanks to this technology. This impacts developers more so than actual gamers.
The announcing post on Steam was rather short and did not give away much else. It stated:
“SteamVR has ended OSX support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.
We recommend that OSX users continue to opt into the SteamVR [macos] branches for access to legacy builds.
Users can opt into a branch by right-clicking on SteamVR in Steam, and selecting Properties… -> Betas.”
Almost no games supported Mac, and even Apple’s highest-end MacBook Pros failed to meet minimum specification requirements for Oculus or SteamVR. As the folks at Upload point out, Valve’s recent hardware survey showcases that just 4% of gamers on the platform use macOS to begin with, suggesting a pretty small sliver of actual gamers even fit in the Mac-owning VR user Venn diagram.
macOS will no longer be supported:
Valve, who shared only one paragraph announcement on the Steam Community page, gave the sad news for macOS users. The platform announced that SteamVR will no longer support macOS and will focus on Windows and Linux operating systems.
Valve’s statement also included a not so bad recommendation for those using SteamVR through the macOS operating system to date. The platform said that macOS users can access SteamVR using ‘legacy (old)’ versions.
SteamVR first came up with an announcement for macOS at Apple’s WWDC 2017 event, but since then Apple has been a bit behind in supporting the platform. It has been announced in recent years that Valve and Apple are working on augmented reality glasses, and recently it has been claimed that Apple will produce its own AR / VR technology.
A recent survey of Valve hardware revealed that macOS users take up virtually no space on Steam. As a result of this survey, it was concluded that only 4% of Steam users use the macOS operating system and the rest use Windows or Linux. Of course, when all these things came together, there were rumors that Steam would somehow give less support to macOS.
Apple is reportedly working on a standalone mixed reality headset slated for 2022. The company may decide to support this in MacOS in a similar way to Facebook’s Oculus Link. Alternatively, it may have decided that the tethered market just isn’t big enough to focus on.