Can it Run VR? Crytek and Basemark Join Forces to Create Virtual Reality Benchmark

Frankfurt am Main (Germany) / Helsinki (Finland) – August 06, 2015

Can it Run VR? Crytek and Basemark Join Forces to Create Virtual Reality Benchmark

Basemark and Crytek today announced a new partnership to help create a definitive PC system test for virtual reality gaming.

The new VR benchmark will enable gamers and PC hardware companies to easily assess the level of experience they can expect when running virtual reality content, and will be the first service available that gives users recognizable, real-world metrics to describe their system’s VR readiness with various HMDs out there.

Developed using Crytek’s CRYENGINE technology, the benchmark will provide detailed feedback in areas such as the best graphical settings to use with a variety of VR headsets. Basemark’s expertise in measuring performance standards will be key as they formulate an objective test that evaluates everything from frame rate capabilities to memory consumption, latency issues, 3D audio performance and much more. 

Crytek’s Creative Director for CRYENGINE, Frank Vitz, said: “Basemark is already helping to measure technology standards in other areas of gaming, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them as we work to establish a user-friendly yardstick for VR performance. We believe CRYENGINE can become a go-to tool for developers looking to create compelling VR experiences, and this partnership means players can also count on CRYENGINE as they evaluate whether their PC is ready for the most advanced, cutting-edge VR content available.”

“We wanted to make a real-world VR gaming benchmark as opposed to a theoretical one and hence we’re very excited to announce this partnership with Crytek, the leading game engine company”, said Tero Sarkkinen, founder and CEO of Basemark, “By using CRYENGINE as the base and vetting the test workloads under our rigorous development process involving all the key technology players, we will forge the definitive benchmark for all PC VR gamers.”

Representatives from both Crytek and Basemark will be attending Siggraph 2015 next week in Los Angeles and are available for meetings and interviews about the VR benchmark development.

For more information on Basemark and to apply to join the benchmark development effort, visit http://www.basemark.com/participate-vr. To find out more about Crytek’s CRYENGINE technology visit www.cryengine.com.

About Basemark

Basemark develops industry-leading system performance analysis tools. Its world-renowned product portfolio includes Basemark ES for OpenGL ES, Basemark X for gaming, Basemark OS for overall platform testing, and Browsermark for browser performance testing, for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile powered devices. Basemark is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.

For more information, please visit http://www.basemark.com

About Crytek

Crytek is an independent videogame developer, publisher and technology provider with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and seven other studios around the world. Established in 1999, Crytek has created multiple award-winning titles, including the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Son of Rome and Warface. All of Crytek's games are developed using CRYENGINE, the company's cutting-edge 3D game technology, which is also the first choice of other leading developers and licensees when creating games for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Android. Crytek's ongoing growth in the games-as-a-service market has extended the company's reach as they continue to deliver top quality interactive experiences to players through self-publishing platforms online.

For more information visit www.crytek.com and www.cryengine.com.