I feel like your points are very valid, but maybe a bit out dated. The main the that you said was really good about the VR you tried in the article was the interaction using the controllers. For me that’s the only reason why I really find VR great. I’m not sure if you are up to date with the current controllers and tracking systems available, but taking the index as an example, it is a wireless controller strapped to you hand with full finger tracking, along a trigger, with two buttons, a track pad and joy stick on each (all with touch sensors). This allows for hand like interactions, like say grabbing a grenade, pulling the pin and throwing it naturally (letting go by opening your hand FULLY). Interacting with guns in say audica where you literally open all your fingers except your index so you can spin the guns around them on the trigger guards. Pressing buttons, grabbing doors, things of that nature. They aren’t perfect, they aren’t gloves and we are still limited just haptic feedback. But they are a decent step forward. And you can go around and do what ever interesting hand gestures you want.
A good example of when these controllers will be used to their full potential is with Boneworks:
I understand screens are lacking, but the most important things over resolution is screen door effect, refresh rate, and clarity. Being able to read text at a distance without seeing the gaping black spaces between each pixel is critical. I don’t mind simple graphics if they actually look nice. But this is mainly because I am looking for games that are fun to play. I’d rather get immersed in GAMING with fun mechanics in a simplistic environment than looking at a very high quality field and saying wow. Again, index coming through with the LCD panels and 144hz was a big step up for me. But it is like going from a 60hz monitor to a 144hz monitor. You get used to it, it seems normal, but when you go back it hurts.
The quest tries to be the wireless, convenient non-pc, phone or console tethered VR headset and does a decent job, but it does come at the cost of graphic and screen quality. However it does offer some very nice possibilities. Take Space Pirate Arena for example, not great graphics but boy do I want to freely run around and shoot my friends.
Sharing VR experiences in a way someone who is not in VR in a way that isn’t just a headset mirror is important. A company called LIV is currently pushing towards Mixed Reality Capture where the player is (generally) on a green screen and the world around the is then keyed in.
I actually work at a mixed reality studio and create content like this. But, like you said, with VR already eating your CPU and GPU stacking some neat 4k capture of not only you but a whole separate angle of the game doesn’t make it happier. I still stream beat saber on twitch with just a headset mirror simply because frame drops and over all worse performance are not worth it for me.
I’m not trying to say VR is great, but it is getting there. Games like No Man’s Sky run pretty poorly, look worse, and the controls are rather garbage. I’d much rather be playing on my PC and I would be much more immersed in pancake gameplay. But when it comes to games that nail interactions that are completely unique to VR, like swinging lightsabers in beat saber, catching and throwing things in slow motion in superhot or handing a live grenade to a friend in Pavlov and seeing them physically react in front of you, those are the kinds of things that make VR special to me.
Again, I believe your opinion for many reasons is correct, I’m just trying to explain why I enjoy it and I had some time to write a mini essay for giggles. It isn’t for everyone, it won’t replace gaming, it won’t make your TV obsolete. You shouldn’t rush out and get it right now because it is the most mind blowing experience. You WILL lose interest over time if it isn’t something you love. But it’s kinda cool, it’s improving in quality, and it definitely is becoming more consumer friendly.
Hopefully something I said in there is somewhat helpful. Not trying to sway you either way.
And now I go shower and try to fix the pain in my elbow after avidly chasing scores in beat saber for 4 hours straight.