Last week was Facebook’s dog-and-pony show Oculus Connect 4: We got news on an upcoming $200 standalone headsetthe next-gen Santa Cruz project, a lower price for the Rift VR gear (and a more intense price war with HTC), a new Minority Report-like interface, and a partnership with the studio that makes Titanfall, a blockbuster shooter video game series from EA.

Looking from that vantage point, virtual reality appears to be healthy. Yet when our Dean Takahashi started talking to people at Oculus Connect, he found that while some people had lots of hope for VR, others remain stuck in a trough of disappointment. He wrote that “a game developer who was looking for work felt like VR was in a state of crisis.”

And Dean points out that while VR attempts to gain traction, it’s also fragmenting, now that Microsoft is entering the picture with its “mixed reality” solution that deals with both AR and VR.

It’s an intriguing time for VR. We’re seeing the next generation take shape with Santa Cruz and Oculus Go. But will the consumer base be there for it? And will VR creators be able to hang on until the market is bigger?

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—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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