Last week saw the first ever Virtual Reality Awards (VRAs) take place within social virtual reality (VR) platform Riftmax Theater. The ceremony was created to celebrate the past year in VR experiences, videogames or otherwise. It proved that, even without the consumer version of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) released, it’s been an eventful year for the industry. Developers competed across six separate categories, with Proton Studio’s Oculus Rift compatible Time Rifters taking the Best Game award.
Time Rifters managed to beat out the likes of The Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation, Frontier Developments’ Elite: Dangerous and Vanguard V with its unique brand of VR first-person shooter (FPS) action. Note that Time Rifters is actually the only one of these titles yet to be fully released with official VR support. Elite: Dangerous has been made widely-available through Beta testing, Vanguard V has a demo and Alien: Isolation has had Oculus Rift support unlocked on PC through unofficial means.
Other winners include VRChat for Best Non-Game Application and the Judge’s Overall VR Experience, Sightline: The Chair for Most Immersive VR Experience and Elite: Dangerous for Best VR Simulation. The public-voted award Overall VR Experience went to Tammeka Games for its sci-fi racing videogame, Radial-G. Those that missed out on the action can still watch the official stream back to see the announcements and speeches.
With luck, next year’s VRAs will be supported by the release of consumer HMDs and more fully-released videogames. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-related news, reporting back with the latest updates.