Valve are chopping off SteamVR assist for Macs

If you purchased a VR equipment in your Mac and deliberate on utilizing SteamVR, then you’re out of luck. Valve are ending VR assist for MacOS, to allow them to “focus on Windows and Linux”. Mackers can nonetheless entry legacy builds, however this implies no extra enhancements, and no extra bug-quashing.

There are methods to jack in with out utilizing SteamVR, however nonetheless. Ain’t {that a} kick within the tooth.

Here’s Valve’s little statement. To entry the legacy builds you may “opt into a branch by right-clicking on SteamVR in Steam, and selecting Properties… -> Betas.” You may also use Boot Camp to load into Windows, however that may be a faff and a disgrace.

SteamVR is Valve’s software program for operating VR games. Not each game wants it, and you need to use a tool called OpenComposite to play SteamVR games with out having SteamVR put in. I haven’t used that myself, so can’t converse to how properly it really works.

Thanks to a surge of curiosity attributable to Half-Life: Alyx, almost 1,000,000 Steam customers now personal cybergoggles – however that’s nonetheless solely 2% of all Steam customers, and only 4% of Steam users play on Macs. The variety of folks with a Mac beefy sufficient to play VR games will likely be comparatively minuscule, so it’s an comprehensible transfer, if not a welcome one.

In brighter information, you may not less than play Disco Elysium on Mac, because of a latest replace. Who wants Alyx when you possibly can be an alcoholic detective stepping into arguments along with your necktie?


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