If you want to enjoy PC-based virtual reality (VR) then you’ll need to purchase either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. But both systems require an ample PC to get the most out of them, and there are PC available to buy that are VR-ready. But a lot of people will likely upgrade an existing PC to make it VR compliant. But before purchasing a head-mounted display (HMD) there are ways to benchmark a system, and today Futuremark as unveiled its latest piece of software, VRMark.
VRMark features two benchmarking tests to see if users PC’s are up to the task of running VR. The first is the Orange Room Benchmark, this takes users through a scene that showcases the level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for both devices. If a PC passes the test then it’s fine to use for VR purposes.
The second test is far more rigorous. The Blue Room Benchmark features greater detail, ideally suited to higher-end system that are spec above the recommended levels. Should a PC pass this test, then it’ll be able to run the latest VR software at the highest settings.
After users have run the benchmarking tests they’ll get an overall score which can be used to compare systems, as well as hardware monitoring charts that show how the PC performed for frame rate, GPU frequency, GPU load and GPU temperature.
VRMark also includes an Experience Mode, which allows users free movement within the VR scenes, has spatial audio, and includes a flashlight to light up details in the scenes. This mode can be explored with a headset or just on a monitor.
Futuremark’s software comes in three editions. The VRMark Basic Edition is free to download from the company’s official website or through Steam. This version includes the Orange Room Benchmark and Experience Mode. Then there’s the VRMark Advanced Edition, which includes the Blue Room as well as customisable settings. This retails for $19.99 USD/ £14.99 GBP. Until the 10th November there’s a 25 percent discount on Steam, dropping that price to £11.24.
Lastly there’s the VRMark Professional Edition. This is licensed for business and commercial use, enabling users to script and run tests from the command line. Contact Futuremark for a quote for this version.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Futuremark, reporting back with any further updates.