3DMark for Windows 8 Delayed, Microsoft, Others Blamed for It

Futuremark says working on partners takes a bit too much time

A new version of 3DMark specifically aimed at Windows 8 computers was expected this month, but Futuremark says that a delay is very likely due to a number of problems.

One of the reasons is the fact that working with several partners and collecting their data takes longer than expected, Futuremark said in a new press release.

AMD, Intel, Microsoft and NVIDIA are some of the most important partners that help the software company develop 3DMark and make it a more accurate benchmarking solution.

“We work with our Benchmark Development Program partners from start to finish, from the initial specification document to the final software release. BPD members receive every development build and have access to source code to see how the benchmark functions,” the company explained.

“If there is a downside, it's that it takes time to gather and resolve the feedback from so many partners, and that is where we find ourselves today. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.”

As you can see, Futuremark is no longer providing an estimated release date for the new 3DMark software solution, but expect it to go live in the next few months.

Still, the company guarantees that “3DMark will be our best benchmark yet and well worth waiting for,” so we’ll keep you updated on this.

In addition, Futuremark is also working on some other versions of 3DMark aimed at different platforms, including Microsoft’s very own Windows RT currently installed not only on the Surface RT, but also on other Windows RT tablets based on ARM units.

A dedicated version for Apple’s iOS is also in the works, but these two projects will only see daylight a few months after the new version of the software is release this year.

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