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Mac gaming in peril as Apple depreciates OpenGL and OpenCL support

Mojave will be the last version of MacOS to support 32-bit applications

Mac gaming in peril as Apple depreciates OpenGL and OpenCL support

Mac gaming in peril as Apple depreciates OpenGL and OpenCL support

At their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), Apple confirmed that both OpenGL and OpenCL would be depreciated in MacOS 10.14 Mojave and that the OS would be the last version of iOS to offer 32-bit app support.  

OpenCL and OpenGL are open, cross-platform standards, both of which are used heavily by gaming and rendering applications, leaving many developers concerned that depreciating these standards could have a detrimental effect on a wide range of MacOS applications. While Metal, Apple's proprietary API, can perform most of the same tasks, the eventual loss of OpenGL/CL support will be a massive hit to backwards compatibility on the platform. 

While we agree that OpenGL is horrifically outdated, Apple has shown no interest in the Khronos Group's replacement API, Vulkan, showcasing Apple's desire to promote their platform-specific Metal API exclusively. 

Back in February Vulkan support was brought to Apple's iOS and MacOS through the back door using MoltenVK, a subset of Vulkan that can translate between Vulkan and Metal API calls on the fly. MoltenVR allows Vulkan applications to function on iOS, saving the development time/money needed to create a bespoke Metal API version of every app, it is far from a perfect solution, which would be to allow Vulkan to be supported directly on MacOS. 

Apple's desire is for developers to adopt their "closer to the metal" Metal API, the move aggravates most game developers, who do not have the resources to create Metal versions of their games and applications due to its proprietary nature and the relatively small (when compared to Windows PC) install base. 

This move also affects the developers of commonly used rendering applications on MacOS, as this move will force a transition over to Metal, which isn't an easy process.  

Mac gaming in peril as Apple depreciates OpenGL and OpenCL support  

At this time it is unknown how long it will be before OpenGL/OpenCL support will be removed from MacOS, with Apple stating that "existing and soon-to-be-launched apps can still use it" and OpenCL/OpenGL functionality "will remain so for some time", but "new projects should target Metal from their inception." 

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06-06-2018, 06:09:20

g0ggles1994
As Dice said:

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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
They keep shooting themselves in the foot, First getting rid of the audio jack, Then slowing peoples phones down to "preserve battery life" and now this, Apple are going down a route that is very anti consumer.

Although people two halves short of a full brain will understand this. Apple fans will defend it to hell and back because "it's Apple"Quote

06-06-2018, 12:19:37

NeverBackDown
Even outside of games removing OpenCL support will hurt for rendering and the like. Which Apple DOES do a lot of with since so many people use it for video editing. Just a bad move.Quote

07-06-2018, 09:35:25

Peace
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Originally Posted by g0ggles1994 View Post
As Dice said:




Although people two halves short of a full brain will understand this. Apple fans will defend it to hell and back because "it's Apple"
Do you know the real problem? Many many and even many more people, devs and companies are following them!!!
Apple gets rid of the headphone jack -> other manufacturers start doing that, too!
Apple says "Begin transition to Metal" -> people will obey...Quote

07-06-2018, 10:18:03

Kaapstad
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
Do you know the real problem? Many many and even many more people, devs and companies are following them!!!
Apple gets rid of the headphone jack -> other manufacturers start doing that, too!
Apple says "Begin transition to Metal" -> people will obey...
Fortunately the Chinese have not read the script and in years to come will put Apple out of business.


I am old enough to remember the British motorcycle industry and what the innovating Japanese did to it.Quote

07-06-2018, 10:20:10

Tolemac
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Originally Posted by Kaapstad View Post
Fortunately the Chinese have not read the script and in years to come will put Apple out of business.


I am old enough to remember the British motorcycle industry and what the innovating Japanese did to it.
me too my brother still rides a Triumph though Quote
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