Based on some of the comments I see here, it is very clear that many don’t have any idea of sales and marketing world. One of the most important things for any commercial venture is sustainability.
Sustainability comes from sustained sales compared to expenses, in other words cash flow and profit. Sustained sales comes from value of product being sold as perceived by the market. That value proposition is created through marketing.
The value of a product is in most cases perceived first before being experienced. If you could get a product for $1000 and try to sell a similar product for $10k, regardless of limitations of the cheaper product, you have made your premium product be perceived as being of lesser value. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be some who see the real value, but most would feel that the premium product is just overpriced.
That’s the reason why car makers tend to have different brands, cheaper mainstream brand and a different one for luxury.
If madshi wants to sell madvr for PC for $1k let alone $50 or $100, that’s the techie within that’s talking.
The business aspect of it is completely different from the techie side.
I do want madvr to be free or be cheap to buy, but the reality is if envy is to be a sustained venture, then the differences have to be stark in terms of capabilities and functionality. At this time, the ability to use envy with any source is a key differentiator, but not the capabilities themselves. That area has to be the main focus.
There is only so much time in a day and from a business standpoint that is better spent developing for the commercial product rather than free or community product.
Just my 2 cents. I wish all the best to Envy team.