Futuremark Begins Development Of VR Benchmark

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.

Futuremark today announced they are developing VRMark™, a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure VR system performance, latency, and accuracy, the key components in creating convincing and comfortable VR experiences.

Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, VRMark tests a system’s ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations.

With development under way, Futuremark are inviting VR system manufacturers to join the Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark™ throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that’s been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today.

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. A smooth and stable frame rate 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.