Press releases from November 2011


3DMark® Benchmark Coming to Android™

November 29, 2011 - -


3DMark® Benchmark Coming to Android™

Companies Invited to join Futuremark® Benchmark Development Program to Create the First Industry Standard Gaming Performance Benchmark for the Android Platform.


HELSINKI, FINLAND – NOVEMBER 29, 2011 – Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today announced that it has started development of 3DMark® for Android™ (working title), with the aim of bringing the industry standard gaming performance benchmark to Android powered tablets in 2012. Companies involved in the manufacture of Android powered devices are invited to join Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program to play a critical role in the development of 3DMark for Android, from initial specification to final delivery. http://www.futuremark.com/bdp/

Research groups such as Gartner and IDC are predicting explosive growth for tablets in the coming years. Undoubtedly games will be one of the key drivers of this growth as the performance and power of these lightweight devices improves. Fierce competition between Android devices means hardware manufacturers and their suppliers will need an objective, impartial and forward-looking performance reference to enable their engineers to deliver competitive products.

Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said,

"Since 1998, the PC industry has relied on 3DMark to accurately measure gaming hardware performance. In 2012 we will bring 3DMark to the Android platform with a professional grade benchmark that can be trusted by manufacturers, suppliers and vendors to provide the definitive measure of gaming performance on Android while showcasing the very best in real-time graphics and effects."

Dedicated benchmarking software provides industry engineers and press reviewers with the tools to produce consistent results that are repeatable, reliable and relevant. 3DMark is a purpose built benchmark for measuring gaming performance. It uses bespoke workloads designed specifically to stress test graphics hardware and highlight bottlenecks in the system.

3DMark for Android (working title)

  • Measures gaming performance using rendering, CPU and physics tests.
  • Stunning real-time graphics pushing the OpenGL ES API to the limit.
  • Complementary online service to compare results between devices.
  • Results will be comparable with 3DMark for Windows 8.
  • Currently in development, expected to be released in 2012.

The Benchmark Development Program (BDP) is a Futuremark initiative for building partnerships with hardware and technology manufacturers. The BDPs for 3DMark for Windows and PCMark include companies such as AMD, NVIDIA, Intel, Imagination Technologies, Dell and HP. An open process of close co-operation with BDP members results in high-quality benchmarks that reliably provide consistent, vendor-neutral results to the benefit of both the industry and consumers.

Companies Invited to join Benchmark Development Program

3DMark for Android will be developed in close co-operation with the world's leading technology companies. Companies that join the 3DMark for Android Benchmark Development Program (BDP) will help shape the benchmark specification, have access to regular development builds for evaluation and receive discounted site license pricing.

Please visit http://www.futuremark.com/bdp/ for more information about joining the Benchmark Development Program or follow Futuremark on Facebook for the latest 3DMark news: http://www.facebook.com/Futuremark


About 3DMark

3DMark is the world's most popular benchmark and PC test. 3DMark uses specifically designed tests featuring high-end real-time graphics to accurately and consistently measure PC gaming performance. Futuremark currently offers 3DMark06 for Windows XP, 3DMark Vantage for Windows Vista, and 3DMark 11 for Windows 7. A new version of 3DMark for Windows 8 is currently in development and is expected to be released in 2012. Find out more and download 3DMark for free from http://www.3dmark.com

About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark Games Studio creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad®. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com/

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and 3DMark® trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACTS

Europe and rest of world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka at futuremark dot com

Futuremark, North America
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie at futuremark dot com



Futuremark® Announces Development of New 3DMark® for Windows 8 Devices

November 14, 2011 - -


Futuremark® Announces Development of New 3DMark® for Windows 8 Devices

HELSINKI, FINLAND – NOVEMBER 14, 2011 – Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today announced development of a new version of 3DMark®, the company's flagship benchmark for gamers. 3DMark for Windows 8 (working title) is designed for gaming performance measurement and comparison across all Windows 8 devices from tablets and notebooks to high-end desktop gaming systems. The announcement was accompanied by a concept image for the new benchmark showing an elemental rock warrior brandishing two blazing swords.

Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said, "With Windows 8 gamers will be able to enjoy their games on a wide range of devices from lightweight tablets to heavy-duty desktop rigs. Faced with so much choice it will be hard to work out which devices offer the best value for money. Fortunately 3DMark for Windows 8 will be our most wide-reaching 3DMark ever, able to accurately measure and compare gaming performance across all devices and graphical feature sets available with Windows 8."

3DMark for Windows 8 (working title)

  • Measures and compares gaming performance on all Windows 8 devices
  • Stunning real-time scenes stress test all levels of hardware
  • Supports both x86 and ARM-based architectures
  • Can be used in both Metro UI and 'classic' Windows environments
  • Created in co-operation with the world’s leading technology companies
  • Currently in development, expected to be released in 2012

Follow Futuremark on Facebook for the latest 3DMark news: http://www.facebook.com/Futuremark

Download 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage or 3DMark06: http://www.3dmark.com

Invitation to join the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program

The development of 3DMark for Windows 8 benefits from the co-operation of many of the world's leading technology companies. The Futuremark Benchmark Development Program (BDP) includes AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Imagination Technologies, Dell, HP and other well known companies. Companies wishing to participate in the BDP are invited to contact Oliver Baltuch, Futuremark President via oliver [dot] baltuch [at] futuremark.com or telephone +1-408-718-8363.


About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark Games Studio creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad®. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com/

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and 3DMark® trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACTS

Europe and rest of world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka at futuremark dot com

Futuremark, North America
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie at futuremark dot com




Shattered Horizon Second Anniversary Mega Sale

November 3, 2011 - -


Shattered Horizon Second Anniversary Mega Sale

$4.99 from November 4-6, new low price of $9.99 thereafter

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 – HELSINKI, FINLAND

Futuremark® Games Studio has announced that Shattered Horizon, its zero gravity first-person shooter for PC, will be on sale on Steam for just $4.99 from Friday November 4 to Sunday November 6 to celebrate the game's second anniversary. In addition, from Monday November 7 onwards, Shattered Horizon will be available from Steam at the new, permanently lower price of $9.99 reduced from $19.99. http://store.steampowered.com/app/18110/

Jaakko Haapasalo, Head of Futuremark Games Studio said,

"When we launched Shattered Horizon its high hardware requirements put it out of reach for some gamers. Today, Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in Steam's hardware survey and games like Battlefield 3 are raising the technical bar for PC games. We are happy to offer Shattered Horizon for an extra low price this weekend to give PC gamers the chance to enjoy its unique zero gravity combat."

Shattered Horizon immerses you in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space like no other game before.

  • First-person shooter set in near-Earth space.
  • Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of movement.
  • Practice to improve or play for fun against bots in single player mode.
  • Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles.
  • Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space and then land on any surface.
  • Familiar FPS controls let you take full advantage of the zero gravity environments.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FuturemarkGamesStudio
Twitter: http://twitter.com/futuremarkgames

Shattered Horizon on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/18110/


SUGGESTED KEYWORDS

Shattered Horizon, Futuremark Games Studio, first-person shooter, PC, Steam sale

FUTUREMARK® GAMES STUDIO

Futuremark® Games Studio was formed in January 2008 to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The independent studio's releases include Hungribles™, a skill shot puzzle game for iPhone® and iPad® and Shattered Horizon, a zero gravity FPS for PC. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg, a tower defense game with a revolutionary orbit twist for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad® and has one further unannounced title in development. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com

COMPANY CONTACTS

Jaakko Haapasalo, Director
Futuremark Games Studio
Telephone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT+2)
Email: jhaapasa at futuremark dot com

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® Games Studio, Unstoppable Gorg™, Hungribles™ and Shattered Horizon™ trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.



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