It’s been almost two years since SteamVR was announced for macOS at WWDC 2017. Since then, the HTC Vive (and lately, Vive Pro) has remained the only headset line to support the Mac platform.
Despite headsets like the Oculus Rift and Pimax 5k being able to run through SteamVR on Windows, these headsets require extra proprietary software and drivers to run alongside SteamVR. Of course, neither Oculus or Pimax are supporting macOS officially, and so these drivers, and thus the headsets, are not available for Mac users.
This situation might just change with Valves announcement of their own brand new VR headset: The Valve Index.
The Valve Index has been rumored for a while after leaked pictures of the headset made it to Reddit last year. While we don’t have any more details yet, the Index is looking to be a big contender among the higher end PC VR headsets such as the Vive Pro.
Valve has been very committed to supporting Mac and Linux as of late, and it is reasonable to assume that their own VR headset would not require any other software than SteamVR, and thus would support macOS.
I’m very excited at the prospect of an upgraded headset with Mac support. Development of VR Desktop for Mac is continuing and would target support of the Index headset from day one.
We’ll probably know more details, such as price, compatibility and availability in May.