@brian.dean- Interesting. I had not heard that about No Man's Sky. I had heard about issues with the complicated world building, but not VR.
The interesting thing about VR to me is the multiple entry points. Google Cardboard basically lets anyone in on the fun. But I have not gotten to see the final version of much more expensive options like Oculus Rift. Is there several hundred dollars worth of quality difference? If so, I'm not sure the near $600 price tag for VR is going to feel cheap to most people.
If Cardboard can approximate a large enough percentage of the experience, however, you are spot on.