If you’re an Apple enthusiast your VR options are quite limited. Uptil now you’d need a Windows computer or Android device tethered to an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset, or a dedicated gaming device like a PlayStation VR rig. With the availability of the VR Desktop app, macOS users can join in the fun & use the Oculus Rift to interact with a VR version of the OS.
The VR Desktop environment gives a user the impression that he’s sitting in front of a giant interactive 3D display, through which he’s granted access to typical OS functions. With it you can get rid of your physical monitor & create a giant multi-monitor, multiscreen workspace that lets you use your macOS & 3rd party apps seamlessly.
Within the VR environment you can play games or watch video Content. You can watch movies in a simulated grand cinema or play your games in a giant curved screen hanging in space.
The functionality provided by the app allows you to customize your computing environment to a much greater extent to what is possible in a typical screen-based scenario. You can choose different backgrounds to help you focus better, have your display surround you in up to 3 different portions, which can be resized.
To get started with the app you’ll need macOS 10.11 or later & an Oculus Rift DK2 (yes, right now it’s aimed at developers, as you’ll need a dev kit install). Cindori, the Swedish company behind the app says that other VR headsets that are promised to be supported by macOS soon, like the HTC Vive, will also be compatible.
Cindori was founded by Swedish computer scientist Oskar Groth, using a state-of-the-art VR framework, including Open GL, the Apple Metal API, iOS Frameworks & Steam VR. You can buy the app through the product page here for €24.19.
Cindori also sells other interesting tools & utilities for macOS like Command Center, which gives instant access to controls, settings & advanced system monitoring, & Disk Sensei, a utility to help Mac users optimize storage.
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