Upcoming Windows 8-based 3DMark gets first trailer

Way back in November, Futuremark announced plans to release a Windows 8-based version of its long running 3DMark benchmarking software. Today, the company released the first trailer showing off what the benchmark's graphics will look like in a tech demo.

The trailer shows a scene that has elements of both sci-fi and fantasy. The description for the trailer states:

In the trade town of Scarport, buildings cling to canyon walls above canals of lava and provide shelter from the toxic volcanic atmosphere. Gaudy neon signs flicker as steam rises from the molten rivers running beneath the town. A trader walks along ledges carved from the volcanic rock, smoke swirling around her flowing cloak. Her robotic sentinels keep watch, but what dangers lie hidden in the shadows.

As far as the visual effects in the tech demo, Futuremark says that the trailer shows features such as "intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering." The trailer shows smoke and particles that react to each other "using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various lens effects complete the look."

3DMark says that this new version will allow PC users to test their rigs running on DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11. In addition to Windows 8, it will also be released for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. It should come out sometime after the launch of Windows 8.

Source: YouTube video

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Shame the games very very rarely look like the 3DMark demos. Just because a title is DX11 doesn't mean it's well coded or has the detail as the majority of big titles for the PC are poorly ported low textured console hits.

imachip said,
Shame the games very very rarely look like the 3DMark demos. Just because a title is DX11 doesn't mean it's well coded or has the detail as the majority of big titles for the PC are poorly ported low textured console hits.
You're kidding right? Every other game nowadays looks better than this. And not just graphics but physics and realism too. Like the way soldiers move in battlefield 3. Unlike the jerky movements of the character in this demo.

gzAsher said,
You're kidding right? Every other game nowadays looks better than this. And not just graphics but physics and realism too. Like the way soldiers move in battlefield 3. Unlike the jerky movements of the character in this demo.

BF3 animation is motion captured. This is pure animation rendered realtime.

Not impressed, and i'll tell you why. The futuristic thing has been done to death. Show me a scene where someone is walking down a city block something along the lines of GTA 4 (not shooting up the place). Just something to compare with reality basically. That way they can show up awesome facial textures and details in a real city like environment , traffic, multiple cars, people walking around. /rant

Jdawg683 said,
i dont see why this is Windows-8-based. it's going to be released on vista and 7 too...

Maybe they will have a Windows 8 RT version

Jdawg683 said,
i dont see why this is Windows-8-based. it's going to be released on vista and 7 too...

The DirectX11 stuff is not just Windows 8; however, the next version of the product will be running on x86, x64, and ARM. With the ARM version being very much just Windows 8.

Jdawg683 said,
i dont see why this is Windows-8-based. it's going to be released on vista and 7 too...

I'd have to agree, seems like Windows 8 hype.