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Futuremark Announce Virtual Reality Benchmark Program

Futuremark has today annuounced a new benchmark tool developed specifically for virtual reality (VR) software. Simply titled ‘VRMark’, the program uses a combination of software and hardware to measure performance, latency, and accuracy. Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, the VRMark benchmark will test a system’s ability to deliver high quality VR experiences.

VRMark will test a VR system’s ability to deliver a consistently high frame-rate across a range of quality settings and content types. VR is highly sensitive to variations in frame-rate, and as such a smooth and stable output is crucial to providing a comfortable VR experience. In addition, VRMark will measure frame latency and the responsiveness and accuracy of the sensors present in the headset. Low latency is a key factor in achieving the feeling of presence in a VR world and avoiding motion sickness.

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With development under way, Futuremark is inviting VR system manufacturers to join its Benchmark Development Program (BDP). Members will have exclusive access to VRMark throughout its development and provide input to Futuremark at every stage from specification to public release.

“There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Managing Director at 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.

Futuremark’s BDP is an initiative for building partnerships with leading hardware and technology manufacturers. The VRMark Benchmark Development Program will complement Futuremark’s existing 3DMark and PCMark Programs, which count AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung and other leading technology companies as members.

Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for BDP membership today at http://www.futuremark.com/bdp. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on VRMark and other VR initiatives from Futuremark.