Valve had made the SteamVR Performance Test available to download. This of course is where the Half Life 3 rumours have also started.
Putting the Half Life 3 speculation to the side, the performance test which is now available through Steam is more about putting your computer through its paces to see how well it can handle Virtual Reality:
“The SteamVR Performance Test measures your system’s rendering power using a 2-minute sequence from Valves Aperture Robot Repair VR demo. After collecting the data it determines whether your system is capable of running VR content at 90fps and whether VR content can tune the visual fidelity up to the recommended level. For machines that are not VR Ready the tool can help determine whether capabilities are bound by Graphics Card, CPU, or both.”
The recommended specifications for the test are interesting as it asks for at least an i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 which while not being too overly needy in terms of CPU usage is still fairly high. It is also no surprise that the graphics card that the test requires is listed as NVIDI GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290.
It is interesting that there is no minimum specification listed on the Steam page, which will lead to the more inquisitive (like me) loading it up on a less powerful rig and seeing how the computer copes with it. No doubt there will be a performance hit, and low scores reported, it will be interesting to see how budget gaming PCs can handle the test.
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