Futuremark, the benchmarking giant formerly known as MadOnion.com, has released a preview build of VRMark, its first benchmarking tool for virtual reality gameplay.
Compatible with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, and capable of running on a plain-old two-dimensional display for those who haven't yet taken the plunge into the world of virtual reality, the initial build of VRMark is more of a tech demo than a benchmark: no score is provided at the end of either scene, one of which is designed to run smoothly on hardware meeting the minimum specification for the Oculus Rift while the other is more demanding of the system's hardware.
Sadly, VRMark isn't being made available to all just yet: VRMark will initially be provided only to those who have paid for 3DMark Advanced or 3DMark Enterprise. The full benchmark-capable release will also require external hardware, the details of which have yet to be released by Futuremark, which the benchmark uses to measure latency alongside the response time and persistence of the displays used in each headset.
For hardware makers, Futuremark is planning to leverage its position as a subsidiary of the Underwriters Laboratory by offering independent lab-based testing of virtual reality headsets, based on UL's Display Quality standards, though details of the certification that would be received as a result are not yet available.
More information on VRMark is available on the official website