GearVR only worked with a single type of phone.
I said that one reason why they were investing in stand alone VR is because it's the easiest way to do wireless VR. They already have a non-wireless option that they are heralding as their high end option until their next headset is done.
There are some people that are waiting for VR to be wireless, because it'll be as consumer friendly as possible.
I never said Sony has no competition. Most people don't get a third party controller.
The best comparison for VR headsets are either TV screens or phones.
Technically if you're going with that logic, there are tons of other VR companies.
Well there's inflation.
You're also comparing massively improved hardware to old hardware, instead of old hardware to old hardware like I am, all while ignoring that there are tons of other cheaper options.
For example, you could be talking about the Raspberry Pi. The Pi 0 costs $5, and is capable of emulating early games. The Pi 3B costs $35 and is capable of emulating PS One games.
How about, because it's already starting to happen?
There are already headsets with specs that beat the Vive for less than $150.
Looks to me there are dozens of different models that Gear VRs are compatibile with, and again, most importantly, the Gear VR Samsung smartphone purchasers were given with their phones were free were compatible with the phones they just bought.
So you decided to move the goalpost and focus on wireless VR. That's a non-starter. There's an even more niche market for Wireless VR devices than there are for VR devices.
I never said that VR is three companies competing with each other. I said there are three main competitors. Sony, HTC, and Oculus make up the vast majoriity of VR headset purchases. Let's not pick nits.
You're comparing old hardware to old hardware when you say (paraphrasing) "In 10 years time, they can probably make a better VR headset for $50". It sounds to me like you're talking about the technology and pricing of 10 years from now, not today. There might be tons of other cheaper ways to emulate PS1 games, but that doesn't mean that 10 years from now the latest and greatest technology of that era is going to be cheaper to be than the latest and greatest technology of this one. There's no reason to expect the Oculus Rift 3 of 2028 is going to cost less than $200 on release, for example. If the prices aren't going down, then the devices aren't getting cheaper, are they?
If there are already headsets that cost $150 and beat the Vive, then VR has even less of an excuse for why it is not succeeding, and it means the VR industry as a whole is in much more dire shape than even I imagined.