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SteamVR canned for Apple's Macs

The SteamVR platform in action. (Source: Valve)
The SteamVR platform in action. (Source: Valve)
A blog post on the Steam website has announced the sudden cancellation with immediate effect for SteamVR support on macOS. Instead, Mac users have been directed to use what are now legacy builds of the platform as Steam now switches its full support focus to both Windows and Linux.
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Apple has been long-rumored to be working on some form of AR and VR technologies but it has been a long time coming. After initially working with Valve to bring support for its SteamVR platform to macOS in 2017, that collaboration has officially ended with development of SteamVR for Macs officially dumped. Valve has directed Mac users to continue using what is now a legacy platform while it now shifts its full development focus for SteamVR to Windows and Linux.

Apple was famously eviscerated by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey back in 2016 who said then that “We’ll make Oculus for Mac when Apple releases a good computer”. Apple responded by releasing its next generation of iMacs, MacBooks and iMac Pro with VR-level graphics capabilities and through its VR partnership with Valve. However, since then VR and AR technologies have struggled to gain widespread consumer traction.

This was highlighted recently when the once high-flying flag bearer of consumer AR Magic Leap announced a major restructure that cancelled its consumer AR efforts. Instead, in the process of shedding around 1,000 employees, the company is now pivoting to potential commercial applications for its AR tech. Similarly, Microsoft has also focused its AR Hololens efforts on enterprise and Apple is now thought to be doing the same.

(Source: Valve)
(Source: Valve)
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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-05- 3 (Update: 2020-05- 3)