The VR blog Nifty Sparks made an interesting discovery:

In a strategic move that could reshape the gaming industry, Epic Games, the creator of the widely-used Unreal Engine, is reportedly considering native integration with Apple’s forthcoming Vision Pro.

The mixed-reality headset, slated for a 2024 release, could greatly benefit from this integration, but the timing of this development is particularly noteworthy, as it comes amidst ongoing legal disputes between Apple and Epic Games and a recent controversy surrounding changes to Unity’s pricing structure.

Victor Lerp, Unreal Engine XR Product Specialist at Epic Games, has indicated that the company is actively exploring native support for Apple Vision Pro.

In Unreal Engine’s developer forums, Lerp turned up in a thread titled “Support for Apple Vision Pro in Unreal ??” Someone had posted “Please tell me there is support coming?” and in June Lerp had first responded “We don’t have any information to share at the moment, but stay tuned for the future.”

But four days ago, Lerp returned to the thread with an update. “Internally we’re exploring native Unreal Engine support for Apple Vision Pro, but it’s too early for us to share details on the extent of support or timeline. We have access to the public SDK’s like everyone else, and there’s nothing fundamentally stopping us, or you, from developing support, or shipping Apple Vision Pro applications with Unreal Engine.”

The VR blog notes that this follows Unreal Engine 5.2’s native support for Apple Silicon Macs. And “meanwhile, Unity’s recent pricing changes have led some developers to consider alternatives like UE and Godot.”

Thanks to Slashdot reader NiftySparks for sharing the article.

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