It is with a grain of satisfaction that I watch this latest generation of bleeding-edge technology loses its luster.
It happened with Steel, Railroads, Automobiles, generation-by-generation. "This time it will be different..."
Perhaps it will be different. Software is relatively easy to reverse-engineer for an existing user-base who expect a defined look-and-feel. The big investment is creating the user-base. Software is almost free to clone once written, unlike cloning blast furnaces, railway grades and automobile assembly plants.
That suggests that the profitability of running virtual universes could collapse with lightning speed.
My hat is off to Musk for pushing to get clean metrics of real, human eyeballs and adjusting the payroll to match.