Unigine has officially launched its Superposition gaming benchmark, which includes Windows and Linux builds and compatibility with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in virtual reality mode.
Unigine's Superposition benchmark, powered by the company's eponymous Unigine 2 game engine, got off to a rocky start earlier this year when it was pulled from Valve's Steam Greenlight platform
as being technically a non-gaming software package. 'Superposition Benchmark was excluded out of the Greenlight [programme] after three months of active voting,
' the company's Steam post explained at the time. 'It was #1 recently, but was declined by Steam moderation team because ‘benchmark’ is not kind of software that allowed to take part in Greenlight at the moment. Well, this is the unpleasant surprise for us as well, but those are the Steam rules.
While Steam is no longer an option for distribution of the benchmark, that hasn't stopped Unigine going ahead and releasing it anyway - complete with a backstory to make watching the scene rendered over and over again as you test out the limits of your gaming rig slightly less dull. 'A lone professor performs dangerous experiments in an abandoned classroom, day in and day out. Obsessed with inventions and discoveries beyond the wildest dreams, he strives to prove his ideas,
' Unigine's backstory reads. 'Once you come to this place in the early morning, you would not meet him there. The eerie thing is a loud bang from the laboratory heard a few moments ago. What was that? You have the only chance to cast some light upon this incident by going deeply into the matter of quantum theory: thorough visual inspection of professor's records and instruments will help to lift the veil on the mystery.
To be fair to Unigine, having a story for Superposition makes slightly more sense than it might for your average benchmark: The package comes with a free-roam 'interactive' mode and a selection of mini-games - all of which are playable in 2D or in 3D when run on a system equipped with an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset. The benchmark itself includes global leaderboards, a GPU stress-testing mode, and scalable quality settings.
Superposition is available to download now, free of charge for Windows or Linux, from the official website