I think the Vive did get a price cut during a sale too, but it has still been more or less consistently expensive even with the price cut, so you can’t feel too bad about that if the Vive was the one you were always going to go for. If you were on the fence though, the price cut the Rift has got now would be a bit of a kicker indeed. I don’t feel too bad about having paid the extra though, as I was chomping at the bit to get into VR and I reckon I got my money’s worth.
A friend of mine has the Vive. I’ll have to ask him if he intends to upgrade to this new one. I suppose he could always sell the old one to offset the cost a bit. I’d certainly like to go round and try it out if he does, that’s for sure.
I’m thinking 2019 will be gen 2 year at the earliest, but more likely announcements of what gen 2 will be if its 2020. The current gen has still got a lot of legs in it, both in terms of the hardware but more especially so in terms of the software, which is still coming into fruition. I don’t expect we’ll see gen 2 until the likes of Valve, Oculus and other have nailed down what the core aspects of their services will be, and when developers have got a better handle on how best to do VR.