I've heard some disconcerting rumors recently, about the new Anniversary Edition of Skyrim, in particular that it will come as an involuntary update for all SE users and change the core files in a way that will possibly prevent a huge portion of the existing SE mods from working. Now that would be a huge blow to all of us, in particular considering the fact that quite a number of the greatest mods are no longer being updated, so they are unlikely to be ever patched to work with AE. (I wonder what it will mean for the Skyblivion project.)
I have already backed up the unaltered game files for both SE and VR to be able to downgrade in the future (I would highly recommend you do the same), and I have also disabled automatic updates through Steam, but it also occurred to me that all of this could actually have a silver lining, in terms of the impact on Skyrim VR.
Though I did back up the files for VR, as mentioned above, there is actually no indicaation that the VR version of the game is going to be updated to the new AE standard as well, what will result in the VR version being the only version of Skyrim, in which all of those outdated SE mods will still work, prompting all those unlucky users who didn't back up their game files, or those unwilling to go through the hassle of maintaining the game in the unupdated state, or new users, to switch to Skyrim VR, if they want to continue using some of those fabulous SE mods, what could potentially substantially boost the number of active Skyrim VR players, what in turn could lead to many more mods be created for VR. And that would be undoubtedly a very good thing.
It is true, that in terms of graphics, the VR version of the game is inferior to a heavily modded SE, but I maintain that the experience, in particular in combination with VRIK, is far far superior to any other way of playing Skyrim, and since it doesn't necessarily require you to have the most modern hardware (like an RTX 3080), it is also becoming fairly accessible. By far the most fun VR game there is to date (mainly thanks to the existing mods).
On the other hand, newly developed mods for the AE will likely not work with VR, so it's a double-edged sword, and could spell the pretty much the end of new mods for VR. Only time will tell. What do you guys think?