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Apple’s Metal to Support VR in High Sierra

The company is putting its toes into VR ever deeper.

If you’ve not been watching Apple’s WWDC 2017 conference then you might have missed the company mentioning virtual reality (VR). While there no head-mounted display (HMD), but there’s greater support for the technology than ever before with Apple announcing its Metal software will now support VR.

Today Apple has reveal its latest OS, now called High Sierra and as part of the operating system is Metal 2, the company’s API for high performance graphics. But now there’s one more, Metal for VR. With this Metal will be able to deliver a VR-optimised display pipeline, GPU queue priorities, Viewport arrays and much more.

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That’s not all. Apple also ran through its new iMac range unveiling the iMac Retina 5K 27-Inch, which comes with either a AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575 and 580 with up to 8GB of VRAM meaning it can power units like the HTC Vive which Apple demonstrated on stage along with Epic Games and Unreal Engine.

If Apple makes any further announcements regarding VR during WWDC 2017 VRFocus will let you know.

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