Oculus Rift and Apple may not come together soon due to the limitations of the devices offered by both the companies. Recently it was reported that Apple?s Mac Pro computers are lacking features. Those who have been expecting virtual reality experience on their Mac PC should note that Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey doesn?t think that Apple computers are capable of running VR. In fact, the man said that Apple hardware is not good enough to support Oculus Rift. Luckey added, if Apple ever releases a good computer, Oculus will support the Mac.
This is not the first time Luckey was blunt about Apple Computers. In his interview with Shacknews, he said that people drop US$6,000 for a Mac Pro and they get AMD FirePro D700 which is not capable of running Oculus Rift compatible applications. Luckey said that high-end GPU is not a priority for Apple and this is why their PCs do not meet the requirements specified for Oculus Rift VR headset.
According to Nvidia, it is clear that less than 1 percent PCs around the world are capable of running virtual reality compatible applications. Oculus VR recommends Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 GPU or an equivalent to it. Apple also delivers a powerful Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs. But according to Luckey, the device falls short of the performance. As specified by Oculus Rift, the GPUs provided with Apple?s machine do not meet the level of hardware to deliver high performance across various applications and a wide range of video games.
Those with a limited budget may find the Oculus Rift and Microsoft package costly. Although some users probably have high performing hardware but those who do not have such advantages, Rift bundles on the Microsoft Store page are available from US$1,499 to US$2,699.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has already said that the company is interested in virtual reality. But it seems that Oculus fans may not see VR experience through Rift on their Mac sometime soon.