Lord Futzi Voldemort wrote:
But what also hasn´t changed is: If you have to decide between maya and SI as a new user, maya will look still more attractive, because if you want to use vray you´ll get 10 licenses for just 100 bucks more than the si version. So this doesn´t help growing the si userbase (and getting a higher return of investment on CGs side) at all.
Yes, well it depends if new users are strictly looking for a render solution (V ray) and what 3d application is more affordable in that combo situation
or if they are looking at software capabilities and what you want to do (ICE, face robot, quickExtrude, whatever).
If you do not own anything Maya + V ray would be cheaper solution , for the same amount of V ray batch licenses.
If you already own SI, it's cheaper to purchase 2 Vray licences, than Maya and one V ray licence.
You already got V ray for Maya, and apparently you can borrow batch licences for SI.
It's not so bad after all.