Reasons some have to wait until March 2020 to get base stations with Sword controllers rather than ‘just’ basestations - if you don’t want Valve Index controllers might be:
Stock of basestations is limited. Links to…
Pimax have to order basestations,wait for Valve to ship to them, then ship them out to Pimax customers. This takes considerable time to wait and cannot be expedited by Pimax. Waiting for something out of control of a vendor, annoys customers. Perhaps Pimax thought this and considered if the option to buy basestations alone (e.g. without Valve Index controllers) is removed, then you can’t order straight away, hence if this is halted as a policy, then you aren’t technically waiting!
The cost of shipping two seperate items to backers, costs you the end user, even more money by purchasing items twice. E.g. $30 x2. Pimax know disaffected or positively hostile backers (or trolls) exist. They’re aware to damage Pimax’s reputation, anonymous individuals will leap at an opportunity to ‘expose’ Pimax and post faux concern all over the Internet. E.g. “OMG my Index controllers cost me $60 more from Pimax than RRP I’ll never buy Pimax again”.
So to prevent all of the above happening, which is genuinely orchestrated by demand exceeding supply (which is out of Pimax’s control as Valve control who gets basestations as they manufacture them), then a business decision was probably made to decide a blanket policy of March 2020, to maximise company profits and reduce online trolling by fake ‘outraged’ customers.
I never fail to notice on this forum, that the most demanding of threads or most emotional of replies, aren’t from backers - despite nearly all threads concerning backers problems.
I imagine infiltration to destabilise Pimax via negative online posting, is rife and they probably grew tired of it.
In my view Pimax made the right decision, maybe learning from past experiences to be upfront now and tell folk to wait 4 months than other options. Long term, this may have a more positive outcome than immediate backlash, which is time limited (4 months max of complainants).
Complaints that will dwindle when first backers in America enthuse all over Youtube, possibly as early as Christmas 2019 (7 weeks away) how pleased they are with their new headsets.