>> I don't think it'll be too much longer for the PC-powered Oculus (and likely the Vive as well) to go that route soon.
Yeaaaah.. that isn't quite sound reasoning.
I mean.. that would be like, "I'm not going to buy an Xbox, because Microsoft is making a handheld, and I don't like cables."
If that is all you want, then you can slap your smartphone into Google Cardboard and have a VR System. It's not going to be as powerful or give you the best experience. It all depends on what you want.
Again... $$$ vs VR Desire.
You know what? I'd suggest this.. if you haven't already, go pick up a Google Cardboard and try it out. Just search Amazon for "Google Cardboard" and you will find LOTS of Cell-phone holders. Think of Quest as a better version of that. It's going to be better, but it isn't going to replace the Rift. Why? Because the Rift is using your Nvidia 960(min) which is a REALLY powerful and sophisticated piece of hardware!
For a GOOD vr experience, you need a LOT of horsepower. You need to render 2 screens running 60 frames per second for the human eye not to notice. Without all that horsepower, you have to give up something. It's either going to be detail or FPS. In most cases it is a little bit of both.
Oh, and one QUICK warning. High video rendering uses a lot of power and that power generates a lot of heat. (see rules of Thermo). SO!! If you play with Google Cardboard, just note that people have fried their phones. Simply.. smartphones were not designed to be put into a closed case and run on SUPER high for 2+ hours.
I think the people that deep fried theirs had an external power, binged Game of Thrones on Netflix in VR, and never made it to Season 2.