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SteamVR is now on Apple Mac, here's how you can use it

07 June 2017, 03:45 | Ricardo Garza

Taiwan's HTC says virtual reality headset will be compatible with Apple's new OS

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Seriously, that's the name of the next macOS release, which will be finalized and shipping this fall as a free upgrade to owners of any Mac system that supported the Sierra release from previous year.

While macOS Sierra has plenty of new features, there are also numerous refinements to the operating system.

The new APFS file system designed with new and advanced 64-bit architecture, for today's flash technology, which is also ready for tomorrow's new storage capabilities, with a new level of security, responsiveness, and data reliability.

Apple announced a selection of macOS High Sierra features at WWDC 2017 and we will see more as developers play with the beta and as Apple holds back some for a reveal later this year.

With the revamped Metal 2 graphics technology, Macs can support external GPUs through the Thunderbolt 3 port.

Developers will get early access to a beta version of High Sierra starting on Monday, while a public beta will be available later this month.

High Sierra hits this fall for free and with it, according to Apple, the iMac becomes a "great platform for virtual reality content creation".

Federighi also claimed Safari, run on High Sierra, is now the fastest web browser in the world, running 80 per cent faster than Chrome in its own benchmarking test when running modern Javascript. Full screen users will enjoy a new split-view compose window. Instead of asking a website to not track your activity, Safari in High Sierra will use machine learning to actively block the trackers. It's macOS at its highest level yet.

In addition to this the Unreal Engine showed that it was VR ready for the mac with a demonstration of both VR and AR, with a Star Wars demo made by ILMxLABS for VR and Peter Jackson's Wingnut for AR. Valve's SteamVR is also coming to High Sierra. The video standard has also been changed to the H.265/HVEC, which is better suited for 4K output. The browser will receive a new autoplay blocking feature, as well as intelligent tracking protection - this won't block ads, but it will prevent some trackers from working.

But not just that, the Metal 2 developer kit will make it possible to connect to VR headsets.

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