Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says the company is not going to support the Rift virtual reality headset on OS X until Apple develops a "good computer" with high-end GPU.
Shacknews interviewed Luckey during an Xbox press event in which the Oculus founder talked about the future of the company and Oculus Rift. When Luckey was asked if the company plans to provide Mac support for the Oculus Rift, he said that it is up to Apple.
"If they ever release a good computer, we will do it," he said.
"It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn't prioritize high-end GPUs," added Luckey. "You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn't match our recommended specs."
He went on to say that if the company prioritizes higher end GPUs, Oculus will certainly support Mac.
"But right now, there's just not a single machine out there that supports it," he said.
For it to work seamlessly, however, it needs a powerful PC. Presently, a few gaming personal computers from Alienware, Dell and Asus already work well with the VR headset. The G11CD and ROG G20CB PCs of Asus are built to give gamers an immersive VR gaming experience. However, quite a few consumers are still reluctant to give the Oculus Rift a go because of issues with compatibility.
Tech Times earlier reported that there is now a Rift compatibility tool that customers can download to check out if their computers meet the requirements to run the headset smoothly.
Oculus says that the headset is compatible with PCs which feature these specifications:
• A video card equivalent to Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 or greater
• A CPU which is equivalent to an Intel i5-4590 or greater
• Four USB ports (the three ports should be 3.0 while the other one should be 2.0)
• A memory that is up to 8 GB RAM or higher
• Windows 7 SP1 64-bit operating system or newer
The Oculus Rift VR headset is now up for preorder. The shipping date is poised to kick-start in June this year. If you wish to check out Shacknews' full interview with Luckey, watch the video below.
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