I’m not sure that the Switch and VR are equivalent other than the fact that they are perhaps prohibitively expensive to some (and even then, VR is more expensive).
The Switch has options – use a pro controller if you don’t like the joy cons (which is, yes, more money but overall it’s still in the $300-400 range, just like any other console), game at home if you don’t like the screen, etc. I’ve found the Switch is much better as a home console than a handheld – it’s too big to put in your pocket, the screen is both too large (physically) and too small (I found most games uncomfortable to play with the Switch placed on a desk in kickstand mode because the screen is a little too small/far away, but holding it up to my face is also uncomfortable), battery life is bad, etc. I’m not saying that these aren’t flaws; of course they are, but if you game at home, they either go away or you can make them go away by throwing extra money at Nintendo, so they aren’t inherent and unfixable the way VR’s motion sickness issue is (as of right now). Which, okay, is possibly crippling a cool marketing point about the Switch, but it’s the console equivalent of the “17-inch gaming laptop” – you CAN carry it around, but you probably don’t want to. That said, the Switch’s value proposition stands as a home console anyway.
VR is a minimum $ 800-1000 investment from scratch (headset + VR-capable computer) and it locks out a significant portion of people because of physical pain. The Switch is $300 and the worst you can say is well, do we REALLY need another dedicated device, to which the most compelling answer is Nintendo first-party games, and it seems to be a plenty compelling answer all on its own. I don’t think there are that many Switch exclusives that aren’t tied to Nintendo in some way, and most multi-plats aren’t developed specifically with the Switch in mind, so there shouldn’t be a long list of “I wish this were coming to other consoles but it’s not” (i.e., the equivalent of “I wish this were coming to not-VR but it’s not”).
tl;dr: I don’t get the comparison, because the Switch is just another console (if anything is locking people out it’s money). VR is something slightly different (money is a factor, but also human biology).