Apple adds external GPU support, now selling $599 VR development kit

Ivan Schwartz
June 6, 2017

However, an Apple preview page for the new OS says external GPU support might not arrive for everyday consumers until spring of 2018.

Enlarge / A GPU enclosure is coming to boost gaming and VR performance for older Mac systems. You might recall that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey (who is no longer with Oculus) said a year ago that Apple would need to release a "good computer" in order for Oculus to support Macs.

Apple announced during its WWDC keynote that MacOS High Sierra will feature native support for the Steam VR SDK used by the popular HTC Vive headset.

Apple is finally bringing virtual reality support to its Mac laptops and desktops, bringing the company up to speed with what many see as the next phase of computing.

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Making the most of its links with the CGI giants at Industrial Light and Magic, Apple showcased the new technology partnerships with a demo showing how ILM creators can now design scenes within virtual reality environments. Craig Federighi, the company's senior vice president of software engineering, offered the example of using AMD's Radeon RX 580 in a Thunderbolt 3 enclosure with a MacBook. With the Metal 2, such hacks will no longer be a requirement.

Apple has announced a new iMac line dubbed as iMac Pro. This is, in no small part, thanks to the next bit of news shared by Apple: Metal 2's support for VR tech.

Update: In a subtle move, Apple mentioned working on VR goggles in a joking manner during one of its live demos.

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