I've been lurking around the interwebs for a while soaking up all I can about this new development, and so far I've gone from utter shock and disappointment to a very, VERY cautious optimism. I truly hope the Oculus team knows what they're getting themselves into, and even if it turns sour in the long run, the major milestone for VR as a whole is to release CV1 in as best a state as possible, at a price affordable by the masses, and in a timeframe that keeps OR mindshare fresh in most people's minds as to allow the product to reach a critical mass of adoption.
My two cents though will go towards everyone mentioning Kickstarter. Rock, Paper, Shotgun actually tackled the issue of how to approach crowd-funding through the previous topic of Broken Age's problematic development, and although I was initially outraged by the British bluntness of their argument, the point was something I agree with.
Backers are wallets.
Crowd-funding a project is different from preordering a product that is announced for release. When you give a KS money, you're essentially saying "I am funding this project knowing the risks of it deviating or even failing to match its goals, and am betting on the credentials and potential benefits of its success to overcome such risk". That's what crowd-funding is; like normal funding, but with much less cash invested and much less individual influence on the project than a normal investor.
I hate to use the term "entitled" to describe anything or anyone, but generally that's how most backers behave, and it reveals a grossly common misconception of how the entire system of KS works on a fundamental level. Recent high-profile projects, and most projects as a whole, have spoiled us with stuff like preorders and early access to their products, but as long as those promises are delivered, no single backer is entitled to anything else. They are literally wallets.
It will be this and the next year when the end part of the cycle for most of the initial KS projects will be reached, and the public will finally, hopefully, become aware that backing a successfully kickstarted project does not guarantee it will be successful; it merely means they placed their bets that it will.