November 2016 saw computer benchmarking specialist Futuremark release its virtual reality (VR) software VRMark. Next week the company will be heading to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 and Mobile World Congress to showcase a new VR latency testing platform for HMDs and mobile devices in partnership with OptoFidelity.
Combining Futuremark’s expertise in benchmarking software with OptoFidelity’s expertise in robotics, measurement technology, automation, and hardware, the system pairs VRMark with OptoFidelity’s VR Multimeter head-mounted display (HMD) solution. It measures key VR performance indicators such as motion-to-photon latency, pixel persistence, and frame jitter. The universal design of the platform means it works with PCs and mobile devices and can be applied to both VR and augmented reality (AR) systems.
One of the platform’s key test cases measures motion-to-photon latency in a 3D rendering scenario. The test quantifies the impact of CPU and GPU performance for VR applications, analysing each frame to reveal the sources of latency, showing time spent in the 3D engine, the VR API, and the GPU. With detailed reporting, users can study late frames and the effects of timewarp. Configurable settings help you evaluate latency under different CPU and GPU load conditions.
Jani Joki, Director of Engineering at Futuremark, said in a statement: “By combining our strengths, Futuremark and OptoFidelity have created a VR latency testing platform that is a superior solution for a challenging problem. I invite press and VR industry members alike to visit our stands at MWC and GDC to see it in action.”
“The partnership between OptoFidelity and Futuremark shows how a shared belief in innovation and collaboration is helping to establish Finland as a world leader in virtual reality. We’re pioneering new ways to help VR manufacturers meet and exceed user expectations and I couldn’t be more proud to showcase the results of our cooperation at MWC and GDC,” commented Kimmo Jokinen, Chief Technology Officer at OptoFidelity.
For further updates on Futuremark, keep reading VRFocus