Futuremark has announced that it is readying a new benchmark specifically tailored to test a system's ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences. The VRMark benchmark will be primarily designed for manufacturers, analysts and the press and consists of both a software and hardware component.
While the benchmark is currently in development Futuremark is inviting industry players to join its Benchmark Development Program to gain an understanding of its workloads and see the program source code. Futuremark says that its development process is government-vetted for neutrality.
VR will undoubtedly be a hot topic at the E3 show next week. There are a multitude of headsets and complimentary systems known to be in development and we might yet be surprised by some new announcements for big tech players yet to show their hand. However VR systems require a lot of computing power to achieve acceptable, comfortable experiences - so a VR benchmark grading such things as consistent VR system performance, responsiveness, latency, and accuracy is very important, thinks Futuremark. "With VRMark, we're aiming to help everyone, from industry engineers and press reviewers to the end user at home, discover the best performing VR technology," said Jukka Mäkinen, Managing Director at Futuremark.
VRMark will go beyond being a simple benchmark, according to a press release sent to HEXUS. It will be a component of a fuller VR offering from the company which will let hardware makers certify products to protect the health, safety and well-being of VR users.