Yeah pack ins are cheap ways for a company to help justify the cost. Removing them would shave off only like $50 probably.
So I've been thinking about this all morning. After feeling like I got kicked in the nuts yesterday. The price for what you get isn't bad. Not bad at all. But the real question is, did we need everything we got?
Other besides the head set you get a high end set of headphones and a nice mic, a tracking camera and stand , xbox one controller, the OR remote, case, cables, eve and lucky tail. It's a complete package. And that nice but not everyone needs everything.
And Palmer has said on twitter that the controller didn't cost much and wouldn't change the price much if they didn't include it and to sell it if you didn't need it.
Palmer Luckey did a reddit AMA on the price and he did come across as genuine that $600 is close to cost. So three things are possible.
1. They didn't like Vive beating them, so they pushed hard to make CV1 as good as possible. Price jump over DK2 might be worth it.
2. They designed the CV1 as a mass produced product unlike the DKs, but a long the way they screwed up and opted for custom parts with minimul gain. CV1 is a bit better than DK2, but it costs a lot more to make.
3. They're lying and spinning the truth, trying to calm the fires. CV1 being sold for a significant profit.
We really need the specs of this thing!