Valve Rolls Out A SteamVR Performance Benchmark

Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 22 February 2016 at 02:40 PM EST. 11 Comments
Valve today announced the release of a free program for measuring the performance potential of your system for SteamVR to see if your system can handle the number of emerging VR products. Unfortunately, for now at least, the test is Windows-only.

The SteamVR Performance Test measures the system's rendering power using a two-minute sequence from a VR demo. The performance test determines whether your system can sufficiently handle VR and/or where the performance bottlenecks are of your system.

Sadly, the SteamVR Performance Test is currently available for just Windows. I haven't heard yet from any of my Valve contacts whether they plan on bringing this performance test to Linux, but hopefully they will considering the HTC Vive will be among the VR headsets supported by SteamOS / Linux. Until then, if you want to learn more about the SteamVR Performance Test, visit
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