look at how much 60" tv's cost today vs 20 years ago.
Costs are like 1/10th, while at the same time your getting a vastly better tv today than then.
Usually as tech developes it gets cheaper, same with mass production.
The reason its so expensive is because they dont make enough, and sales arnt there for it.
That can easily change with time.
Sony has the right idea, by keeping the unit simple and cheap.
While these guys chaseing the ultimate VR experiance makeing units that cost 1500$-2000$, are only doing so for profits, while probably not really doing much of anything to appeal to the mass market. If VR takes off and goes big, it ll be from the bottom up, imo, since so many want to try it, but see the cost of entry as too much.
VR has been around some 30 years. It's had time. You also didn't answer the other question.
How have they polled for the rest of the year?
There might be some headsets dating back that far, but the Rift is the first halfway viable headset. It still has some major problems.