Yeah I totally agree. PCVR using an HMD of any repute from the past couple of years will provide a fairly similar experience up to a point. The Index is twice the price of the Rift S but it provides nowhere near twice the experience. Perhaps nigh on 15% - 20% better of an experience if you include the finger tracking controllers, much higher refresh rate much larger FOV etc. As for immersion I guess the most sceptical VR user may struggle to get immersed in a Valve Index whereas I get fully immersed in even just Quest native games like Echo VR as I'm seriously into VR and extremely willing to take that leap via my imagination.
Well last Christmas you could get the rift s for £350 direct from Oculus. With the reverb being £600 all told £350 Vs £600 means they are in different brackets and will appeal to different markets. The reverb 2 price might affect index demand mind you. I have been thinking about updating my Lenovo explorer to one of the newer headsets but I saw an amazing review saying Lenovo explorer compared to index means 90% of the immersion for 25% of the price. Cheaper and lower spec doesn't necessarily mean poor quality, just lower quality.
A budget Valve Index with a lower refresh rate and standard Oculus Touch style controllers Twice the resolution of the Index though $599 "Doesn't have Lighthouse tracking, same gen 1 fov (114), stuck with WMR tracking, stuck with gen 1 wand-style controllers, is only 90hz. But BMR audio and really great clarity! Lots of compromises for this kit. It's better to buy an Index for the money."
The reverb announced walks over the Rift S in many ways, I would expect to see the Rift S get a more permanent price reduction as a result.
not sure why this is expired, it's still available to order from more than one of my local branches.