VRScore provides hardware-independent test for VR readiness


— 5:24 PM on March 15, 2016

Basemark and Crytek have announced VRScore, a tool to evaluate PC readiness for a variety of virtual reality head mounted displays (or HMDs). The tool can currently test the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headsets.

The test suite includes tests for interactive VR gaming, 360-degree VR video, and VR spatial audio. Interestingly, the tests can be run with or without an HMD attached to the target PC. Crytek's Cryengine provides the graphics muscle, and both the DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 APIs are supported. Below is a screen capture of Sky Harbor, a new VR production included with the tool.

Corporate customers can also get access to the VRScore Trek suite, which includes a rather futuristic-looking Starfleet insignia piece of kit with dual phototransistors. That hardware can be used for testing left- and right-eye photon latency, display persistence, and other characteristics of a headset.

Free and paid versions of VRScore will be made available to consumers in June of this year. The free version will offer "limited functionality." Corporate customers can get access now via Basemark's Early Access or Benchmark Development Program.

This new tool is the fruit of a partnership announced last August between the two companies, and it provides more evidence that the VR benchmarking space is heating up. Valve recently unveiled its SteamVR Performance Test, and Futuremark has its own VRMark test in the works.

 

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