Oculus has no plans to bring VR to the Mac anytime soon


Alex Heath gets down in the Oculus booth. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
You still can't use the Oculus Rift on Mac.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Mac users hoping to jump into the world of virtual reality will have to wait even longer than expected.

Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell revealed in a recent interview that the company currently has no plans to bring Rift support to the Mac. Even though Mitchell himself is a MacBook Pro user, he says Apple’s machines don’t have the resources to deliver a premium experience

“We do want to do [macOS] support for Rift, it’s not something that’s currently on the road map for — I can even say — the next six months,” Mitchell told TechCrunch.

Some of the first Oculus development kits supported some high-end Mac computers. When the product launched though the Mac was left out because it didn’t meet Oculus’ tough spec requirements.

Mitchell went on to explain that Oculus will probably revisit supporting the Mac in the future. “The real challenge for us is just how much we invest into that space because it does require a lot of our time and energy to get it right and to deliver a great experience,” he said.

Even though Oculus won’t support the Mac, there’s still a chance for users to get VR on macOS in the near future. Apple is rumored to have a team of hundreds of engineers working on its own augmented and virtual reality headsets. The company already has a number of patents for VR headsets, but Tim Cook has said he’s more optimistic about the uses of augmented reality.