I feel like this idea that VR is all at least a thousand dollars is a little hyperbolic.
For example, the Quest with controllers is 400 dollars.
Some sets that aren’t the big companies can get as cheap as 200 at times. I think some used Acers range from 200-300.
To me, the jump to the console to VR is similar to a jump to console generations. I mean, PS5 and the new Xbox are coming out next year, and there is bound to be a slew of games explicitly for those 500 dollar platforms.
The question is if you’re willing to make a gamble on a platform that doesn’t have quite the stellar line up a major release has for one killer app. We’ve seen this before though. Halo was the selling point of the original Xbox. You still can’t play Bloodbourne on anything but a PS4.
I bought my Rift a year or so ago, which I can use with this new Half-Life game, and though a lot of the games are gimmicky I have not once regretted my purchase. Pavlov, VRChat, Robo Recall, Sword and Sorcery are all fun, weird games that I wouldn’t get just glancing through the steam store.
This hobby is fucking expensive.