Good news for folks on Linux and macOS systems: SteamVR is reportedly coming to Linux and macOS within a couple of months according to developer, Joe Ludwig. That said, the SteamVR release that will come in a few months time only be in beta form.
Virtual reality PC gaming, ever since its inception, has always benefited Microsoft in a big way. That’s because almost all major VR headset manufactures and VR content creators are making their product to work specifically for Windows. With the impending introduction of SteamVR to Linux and macOS, it seems that Valve may not want VR to be available for non Windows users as well.
There are, however, a few problems with this initiative; the first one being optimisation. VR content developers may find it difficult to ‘port’ their games to other operating systems and they may have no reason to do so of there is low demand. The second problem lies in performance, because current-gen VR headsets require a rather beefy PC to run efficiently.
Whilst we know that Linux-based PCs can be altered to perform somewhat on-par with Windows PCs (or not), macOS systems are known to be, well, no so powerful. So, until both of these so-called problems are addressed, it’s hard to find a reason why one should consider playing VR games on Linux or macOS systems.