Crytek and Basemark Collaborate to Create VR Benchmark

Currently within the virtual reality (VR) industry there are very little guidelines or standards for users and studios to follow in terms of readying systems for VR head-mounted displays (HMD). Today Basemark and CryEngine developer Crytek have announced a new partnership to create a definitive PC system test for VR videogames.

The new VR benchmark which has been developed using Crytek’s CryEngine, will provide detailed feedback in areas such as the best graphical settings to use with a variety of VR HMDs.  Users and PC hardware companies will now be able to easily assess the level of experience they can expect when running VR content, and this benchmark will be the first service available that gives users recognizable, real-world metrics to describe their system’s VR readiness with various HMDs out there.

Crytek VR Demo screenshot

Frank Vitz, Crytek’s Creative Director for CryEngine has said: “Basemark is already helping to measure technology standards in other areas of gaming, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them as we work to establish a user-friendly yardstick for VR performance. We believe CryEngine can become a go-to tool for developers looking to create compelling VR experiences, and this partnership means players can also count on CryEngine as they evaluate whether their PC is ready for the most advanced, cutting-edge VR content available.”

With Tero Sarkkinen, founder and CEO of Basemark stating: “We wanted to make a real-world VR gaming benchmark as opposed to a theoretical one and hence we’re very excited to announce this partnership with Crytek, the leading game engine company. By using CryEngine as the base and vetting the test workloads under our rigorous development process involving all the key technology players, we will forge the definitive benchmark for all PC VR gamers.”

VRFocus will continue to follow any more updates from Crytek and Basemark regarding the collaboration and report back.