Oculus Rift beats Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Game Critics E3 award

Titanfall also scoops up six awards, including Best of Show.


Virtual reality headset Oculus Rift has pipped both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One to win the award for Best Hardware/Peripheral in the E3 2013 Game Critics Award.

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While Microsoft and Sony were holding large press conferences for their latest consoles, E3 2013 also saw the first public demonstration of a 1080p version of Oculus Rift. The Razr Blade and Nvidia Shield were also nominated in the Best Hardware/Peripheral category.

Titanfall, which is being released for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in 2014, won the most awards in the game categories, including Best of Show. Respawn Entertainment's multiplayer-focused title scooped up six awards in total, and won both the Best Console Game and Best PC Game categories.

Elsewhere, Watch Dogs, The Elder Scrolls Online, Need for Speed: Rivals, NHL 14, and Total War: Rome 2 won the awards for their respective genres.

The Best Handheld/Mobile Game went to Media Molecule's PS Vita exclusive Tearaway, Best Social/Casual Game was given to Harmonix's Fantasia, and Supergiant Games' Transistor won the award for Best Downloadable Game.

30 North American media outlets, including GameSpot, vote on the annual Game Critics Award.

The full list of winners is below:

  • Best of Show: Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Best Original Game: Titanfall
  • Best Console Game: Titanfall
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment of America)
  • Best PC Game: Titanfall
  • Best Hardware/Peripheral: Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • Best Action Game: Titanfall
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Best Role Playing Game: The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Best Racing Game: Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts)
  • Best Sports Game: NHL 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Best Strategy Game: Total War: Rome 2 (The Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Best Social/Casual Game: Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • Best Online Multiplayer: Titanfall
  • Best Downloadable Game: Transistor (Supergiant Games)

GameSpot's Best of Show winners for E3 2013 were Battlefield 4, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Forza Motorsport 5, Mario Kart 8, Rayman Legends, The Crew, The Division, The Witcher 3, Titanfall, and Watch Dogs.

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Wow. Congrats to Oculus Rift and Titanfall.

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its been almost 3 seconds since a game related award rush, i was starting to forget how to feel...thank goodness for this.

they can eat their damn awards for all i care, how about they release their "rift" so i can judge for myself.

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@i-rock-socks well, the dev kit version is released. Not the 1080p fleshed out consumer version. probably wont be till late fall, early winter.

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@i-rock-socks its released you can buy one already

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@i-rock-socks It is released.

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Titanfall - looks very good and a good show of the strong line up at release on Xbox One with Forza and Dead Rising also Day One release

I think Titanfall will run and look better on PC

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Titanfall is just another shooter with mechs, just like The Last of Us is just another 3rd person zombie game..

Meaning - the guys at E3 were RIGHT last year. TLoU was mind blowingly awesome. So I'm betting Titanfall is going to be another 9 or 10 on the lists when it releases on the X1.

And no, PS4 groupies will not be able to play it. No matter how much they want to believe its just a 'timed' exclusive for a few months. That is simply not true. When asked directly, Respawn said the game was developed for X1 and PC. 360 is being developed by another team altogether. PS4 isn't even in the cards fanbois.

Oculus rift will revolutionize gaming and entertainment altogether. though. Major developers and game engines are already jumping onboard. Just a matter of time now.

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@shaolinwind atm I'm not really looking forward to titanfall cause as you said, "Titanfall is just another shooter with mechs" and even though that sounds a little cool I don't want to get another shooter that adds one simple thing and calls it revolutionary, like Halo, CoD, etc. If it turns out that it is really everything they say it is then I'll get it for pc but it will most likely be just like every other shooter that we have already.

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@rtircoklled You missed my point by a long shot I think.

Also, 'every other shooter that we have already' did not ever have a chance of winning scores above and beyond everything else at E3 for the last half a decade. So there is something there besides 'a shooter with mechs' imo.

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Didn't they do a test in the 90s and see that you can get eye problems after using "VR" goggles? I seriously can't remember and I'm legit asking. I hope there aren't any eye problems because it looks awesome and I play games for more than a couple hours at a time.

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@genjuroT screen tech back then was completely different. the UV content your eyes were exposed to was like 300% harsher when close up than the LED tech they use in the small screens today. It will be nothing like that, though there are a lot of people that don't feel well when exposed to too much stereoscopic 3D content. That has more to do with motion sickness proneness than anything permanent though.

Eye problems probably won't be any worse than staring at your computer screen at work for 8 hours a day ;)

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Wow no pressure on Titanfall. Last year The Last of Us cleaned up with many of the game-based awards, and that ended up being fantastic (for most people). Also the Oculus boys should be aware that the E3 hardware award for the last 2 years have gone to The Wii U and PS Vita, should it's a bit early to break out the drinks just yet :P

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@hadlee73 I was thinking the same about The Last of Us. And they sure didn't disappoint. I'm betting Titanfall is on a whole new level with the FPS realm.

TBH, the hardware awards always confuse me a bit, since there's usually not too much to speak of hardware wise most years. However, this year, the fact the Oculus won over the big boy consoles... That is very telling. This was a huge year at E3.

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Those critics are blind or they didin´t saw THE HOLOGRAM PROJECTOR from MS?

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@Metronoid what is this? Link please?

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They really like titanfall

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Best Role Playing Game: Dark Souls 2

I like TES but I LOVE DS

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No PS4 title in the winning list that's troublesome for PS4 fans.

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@MatrixGamer78 I think Transistor is a PS4 title.

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I always kind of wondered why this wasn't getting more love. Now I realize it's because most of us are unsure about the unknown, myself included.

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@tightwad34 In this case, the unknown is the price tag >.>

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This is a perfect example why in movies, music, and games I NEVER pay attention to Critics. How is a piece of hardware that has no realistic release date or window, nor has anyone been able to use it an hour without calling on earl be able to win best hardware???!! How is it not once do we see the Division or destiny for that matter??? and how is Titanfall a game that adds to an already saturated genre, winner of almost every award including most original lol. The worst part of all this is i dont even think Titanfall was the clear best shooter at E3....Battlefield looked preeeeety amazing.

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@Jay3K Well, if you look at last years awards (All going to The Last of Us) and play the game - you will see: They were right.

I have pretty high hopes for Titanfall now. It's pretty much decimating all of the competition, just like Last of Us did.

Oculus will probably be a new uprising in entertainment altogether. The experiences occurring there will be unavailable anywhere else. Major developers are jumping on board. Unreal Engine 4 is even fully supported natively.

Not only will this be used for games, but a new genre of Movies, story telling, socializing, seriously imagine the capabilities once someone creates the self image avatar system with something like the Kinect2, that basically makes a digital version of yourself but with unlimited potential, superpowers, unlimited funds in a virtual worlds created by themselves. Its a simple step away from the world in Caprica if you ever saw that. If not you should check it out.

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@shaolinwind @Jay3K Nice points made. and im not saying Titanfall doesnt look like a game I would buy and love because i know I would. But there are too many iffy aspects to that game where games like the division was universally loved and is ACTUALLY original. Also the oculus rift looks amazing but i just think there is a such thing as crowning something king too quick especially when we just watched the two most impressive entertainment consoles just unveil.

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@Jay3K @shaolinwind Well kind of on my point with the Oculus Rift, the E3 critics are actually very picky. The fact that they scored the Rift higher than the new consoles also announced is HUGE.

The fact that Titanfall won awards across the board is very telling as well. Think about it, they were scoring games like Watchdogs, The Crew, The Division, Beyond Two Souls etc. I think there will be a major shift in Multiplayer fps outlook gaming wise when Titanfall is released.

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@Jay3K @shaolinwind A lot of people have actually used the Oculus Rift and you can get one now(although it still does require some more work since it's only a developer's edition) and it will be a 100 bucks cheaper when it's going to be released and you can get the Oculus Rift and Omni so you can even play physically.

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@Jay3K watch this video and see it for self why Oculus rift is better that nxt gen console http://www.businessinsider.com/oculus-rift-video-demo-2013-7

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@shreechandel @Jay3K See thats the thing, How could we know this? especially when VR resurfaces every few years then people realize its not what they thought it would be then disappears.

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@Jay3K Because even the theory of this device is better than anything the PS4 or XBone have to offer. The fact that it is more than theory and was actually shown is even better.

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@Poodger @Jay3K Im not debating how awesome it would be you know, Im simply saying that how could it beat the two most impressive consoles ever created and alot of it is theory now. im positive it will succeed but it won over two amazing already put together ready to go systems.

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Little surprised by the Elderscrolls win. I am still skeptical though I really hope for the best. Elderscrolls with all of Tamriel would be epic

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Imagine playing Silent Hill FPS using Oculus Rift.

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Man. Were we watching the same E3?? Titanfall looks awesome, and is a strong second, but The Division was far and away the best game shown at E3 imo.

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@thedirtyleg While we can debate which is better, i will say that the division was a strong follow up or even a strong 1st in many categories. yet no mention in this article.

The division seemed to offer more new gaming mechanics.

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Oculus Rift deserves it. Period.

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@Skhuff Its what weve all been waiting for, but I think we should temper the awards we give it until 1. We can use it without vomiting. 2. They actually have at least some sort of Idea what YEAR we will see it.

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@Jay3K @Skhuff And price. agreed. but remember, the critics are also gamers that are probably going batshi* nutz about it like the rest of us lol.

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in 2015 we'll all be complaining about how we went blind because of Oculus Rift

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Titanfall doesn't even look that good. Why the hell is Titanfall getting hyped so much by critics?

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@Guy_Brohski You could have said the same thing about The Last of Us last year, but you would also have been wrong.

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@Guy_Brohski Haters will hate.

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@Guy_Brohski Exactly, and how come it won the award for Best Original Game? I can hardly see any point why I should love this game even though it has a lot of hype.

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@Skhuff @Guy_Brohski Hear hear! There is NOTHING original there..... just another overblown AAA shooter full of AWESOME that panders to the lowest common denominator: e.g. guns, noise and robots for insecure 14 year old boys.

I despair if this is the best that the next gen can do. At least the indie scene is still thriving and I can enjoy the likes of Thomas Was Alone, Fez, Knytt Underground and Limbo.

What I really want to see in the way of originality is The Last Guardian... SONY, WHERE'S MY GIANT DOG/BIRD CREATURE TO PLAY WITH?????

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@Guy_Brohski It really doesn't. The more details I see; the more I don't like. Jetpacks are cool, but that's about it. I was thinking about it for pc, but without single-player, eh, watch dogs looks better.

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Titanfall looks fun but.. It seemed to win an awful amount of awards. There are other games coming that are much more impressive imo, like the Division, The Witcher 3, and Destiny.

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Titanfall won? I was hoping for Division, but I guess Zampella did it again.

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I know I will be gaming on an Oculus Rift as much as possible when it comes out. Can hardly wait.

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Funny how all the forgettable games won the most awards. are you kidding me?

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I have an eye condition that makes focusing on objects up close physically painful at times. Frankly I don't know if something like the Rift, as neat as it sounds, will be be an option for me.