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Find out if your PC is ready for virtual reality with Futuremark’s VRMark


Futuremark’s 3DMark is the industry-leading benchmark suite for video cards and CPUs, and with virtual reality gaining momentum with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the company has rolled out a new suite designed to test if your PC has what it takes to power a VR headset.

Dubbed VRMark, the suite includes two benchmarks that test your PC’s hardware prowess, giving you detailed results. While there are other options available directly from Oculus and HTC that will let you know if your PC is ready for VR, Futuremark’s offering goes one level above and lets you figure out just how good your current rig is at handling a VR headset. Toward that effect, you can set custom resolutions in VRMark and get an idea for how good your PC is.

VRMark has two benchmarks: Orange Room and Blue Room. The former is designed to see if your current setup can run VR, and the latter is a more strenuous test of your system’s capabilities. If your PC passes the Blue Room benchmark, you’ll be able to run the most intensive VR titles at maxxed-out settings.

The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it’s ready for the two most popular VR systems available today.

The Blue Room benchmark is a more demanding test with a greater level of detail for future hardware generations. If your PC passes this test, it will be able to run the latest VR games on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at the highest settings, and may even be VR-ready for the next generation of VR headsets.

The Orange Room benchmark is available for free, but if you’re interested in finding out how your hardware handles the Blue Room test, you’ll have to shell out for the Advanced Edition, which costs $14.99. Grab VRMark from here.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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