Next 3D Mark coming on Feb 4

Finally, we have a date! Futuremark has confirmed that its new 3D Mark benchmark is going to debut on February 4. And what a benchmark it is going to be. Here is how Futuremark describes it:
It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today
But why am I excited about it? After all, as they say in forums, you can't play 3D Mark.

Two reasons.

1- Even though you can't play 3D Mark, the program is important because it shows what is theoretically possible with computers. And those pretty pictures that 3D Mark renders do look amazing.

2- This version of 3D Mark is especially significant because it is going to be the first proper graphics benchmark that will allow comparison between devices on separate platforms. The new 3D Mark will help compare the hardware in iPhone with the hardware in an Android device. This is something that is going to make the job of people like me, who write about these gadgets, easier. At the same time, it may force companies making smartphone and tablet hardware to support common standards and be more open to reveal details of their products.

Now, the bad news. For now, the benchmark is going to be available only for Windows computers. There is still no ETA on when it will come to iOS, Android and Windows Phone. But let's hope it will be soon.

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