Futuremark Releases Beta Version Of 3D Mark 2016 On Steam
In a sudden move without even any prior indication, Futuremark has just updated its famous benchmarking software 3D Mark to 3D Mark 2016 Beta on Steam. As the name implies, it is a beta version of the tool and is basically designed to test the new UI of the tool as well as introduced and test some new features as the newly added Virtual Reality benchmark to test if a system has what it takes to provide a premium VR experience.
This update only includes a handful of the features intended to be included in the software when the actual 2016 build is released. It also doesn’t include the recently announced DirectX 12 benchmark.
Holiday Beta includes VRMark, upcoming virtual reality benchmark. It’s a demo, it does not generate score, in fact it doesn’t even work with CrossFire/SLI configurations. What’s interesting is that it does not require VR glasses, as the output will be shown on any screen, it just won’t give you any actual VR experience.
Like other beta applications on Steam, users can opt-in or out whenever they want easily through their library. To activate the 3D Mark Holiday Beta update, users have to navigate to the Software tab of Steam library, go to Properties of 3D Mark and enter the “HappyHolidays” promo code in the Betas tab.
As expected, there are some issues with the update and some of its features right now. The VRMark Preview does not work with Windows 7, the test fails on PCs using Turkey as their location in Windows and as mentioned earlier there is no CrossFire/SLI support as of yet.