Futuremark has begun hammering out code for the next version of its popular 3DMark benchmark utility. The working title is 3DMark for Windows 8, and according to Futuremark, it will be the company's most wide-ranging 3DMark ever, with the ability to measure and compare gaming performance from all Windows 8 devices, regardless of the underlying processor. This means you'll be able to compare a Windows 8 tablet to a desktop PC, and everything in between.
"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 the 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," said Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark.
3DMark for Windows 8 will use real-time scenes to stress test all levels of hardware. It will support both x86 and ARM-based architectures, and it will run in both Metro UI and classic Windows environments, Future says.
Sounds ambitious, and we'll see if Futuremark perhaps is in over its head when the benchmark is released sometime in 2012.