The UK’s Golden Joystick Awards are gearing up for another year and have recently announced nominations for the ceremony, which takes places on 24th October 2014. The list of hopefuls is largely irrelevant for virtual reality (VR) fans, although the Innovation Award does see the rivalry between the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) and Project Morpheus VR HMD spark up once more.
The two devices have led a relatively peaceful co-existence so far, although Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey has spoken out about the PlayStation 4’s limitations with Project Morpheus in recent weeks. Both were also nominated for a similar award at the Gamescom 2014 awards, in which Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) took the prize. Will history repeat itself here? Fans can currently vote for themselves through the Golden Joystick website.
Elsewhere, the ‘Most Wanted’ category does contain one small nod for the team at Frontier Developments, which has had its upcoming Elite: Dangerous put up. The Oculus Rift compatible space combat videogame is going up against many of the heavy weights for the rest of 2014 and beyond, including the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Uncharted 4: Among Thieves and The Legend of Zelda Wii U. The title, which is currently running a premium beta, is up against some stiff competition, then, but maybe its VR compatibility can help sway things.
Over in the Studio of the Year category, Frontier Developments is up against the likes of Resogun‘s Housemarque, and Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment.
The Golden Joystick Awards will take place at the indigO2, located in the famous O2 arena. The overall awards will look to celebrate the past year in the videogames industry, spanning multiple categories. Media Molecule’s Tearaway for PlayStation Vita is up for the most nominations, with seven nods to its name. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and Elite: Dangerous going forward, reporting back on any more progress the title makes.