Futuremark to add new PC and mobile tests to its VRMark benchmark

Futuremark, best known for their extensive benchmarking software tests for PCs and smartphones, are planning to release new tests for its VRMark benchmarking program. One will be for DirectX 12-based PCs, while the other will test VR on mobile-based headsets.

The Cyan Room test is designed specifically for mid-range PCs with DirectX 12-based graphics that can use headsets like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The company says the Cyan Room test “shows how using an API with less overhead helps developers create impressive VR experiences on modest PC systems.”

The new mobile tests for VRMark will cover smartphone-based headsets like Google Daydream, Google Cardboard, and Samsung Gear VR. The two new tests will let users test a device’s peak performance, along with ways to see how long they can run a VR app without overheating the smartphone, or using too much of its battery life. There’s no word yet on when these new VR benchmarking tests will be added to VRMark.

Futuremark is also working on software designed specifically for VR hardware makers that can track down a device’s latency, in a partnership with OptoFidelity, who has created its own robot-assisted testing systems. Futuremark says its new software will provide VR hardware companies with information like what the motion-to-photon latency is on their headsets, along with pixel persistence, and frame jitter.

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