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Google’s discontinued Pixel 4 is $250 off at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo – The Verge

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The Google Pixel 4 is discontinued, but Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo each apparently had enough stock left to launch a coordinated sale, bringing the 64GB and 128GB models each down $250 off their original prices. Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have the unlocked Pixel 4 with 64GB of storage in “just black” and “clearly white” for $549. Amazon is currently offering the deal for the black phone only. For $100 more, you can get the 128GB model. Sadly, the larger Pixel 4 XL isn’t looped in here.

The best deal we saw for the smaller Pixel 4 model was in April when it dropped down to $499. You can technically get that price at Best Buy right now — but only if you’re willing to activate the phone with a carrier when you buy it. If you’re looking for the best value and the most choice, head to B&H Photo, where the phone comes with a translucent case for free. It’s nothing fancy, but having a case to put the Pixel 4 into right out of the box is something that some people might want to do.

Google discontinued the Pixel 4 just a few days after it announced the Pixel 4A, a $349 phone that’s available to preorder now and will release on August 20th. In lieu of matching the Pixel 4’s high-end Snapdragon 855 processor and its gimmicky Motion Sense feature for hand gesture-based navigation, the Pixel 4A limits the focus to lowering the entry price of getting Google’s great camera and software. So not only is raw power still a good reason to choose the Pixel 4 over the 4A, but the more expensive device features wireless charging, water resistance, and a fast refresh rate display.

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Oculus Go discontinued: Facebook will no longer offer its entry-level VR headset – Techradar

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Facebook and Oculus announced today that it will discontinue its Oculus Go VR headset to allow the company more room to work “on the next chapter in VR”.

The announcement came in a blog post on Oculus’ website as well as an email to Oculus owners that thanked them for their interest in the headset and give them a timetable for when the headset will set out for greener pastures.

Oculus will continue to maintain the system software with bug fixes and security patches through 2022, according to the post. However, it also says that it won’t be adding or updating apps and games after December 4, 2020.

If you have one, now’s the time to load it up with software.

While it’s disappointing to see Oculus sunset a device that helped spark the VR revolution, the company says it’s based on user feedback from the audience who say loud and clear that 6-DOF headsets like the Oculus Quest feel like the future of VR and, to that end, will “double down on improving our offerings” in the future.

The death of 3-DoF headsets 

A lot of Oculus Go’s cancellation has to do with the inside-out tracking software it used that could only detect three-degrees of freedom (3-DoF) – basically just rotating your head but not actual body movement.

The Oculus Go was one of the most popular 3-DoF VR headsets to use the technology alongside the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream, all of which have been discontinued by their respective manufacturers and replaced by six-degree-of-freedom headsets like the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and Valve Index.

Although it was less immersive than its 6-DoF counterparts, the Oculus Go offered entry-level VR enthusiasts an affordable to get into the medium without a major investment – a niche we hope to see replaced in the future.

We’ve heard rumors that the Oculus Quest 2, codename ‘Del Mar’, is in development now but its release date has been delayed until 2021 at the earliest.

We’ll miss our early, inexpensive portal into virtual reality, but like the transition from 8-bit to 16-bit consoles or HD to 4K, technology’s march forward is both inevitable and, most times, for the best.

  • Can’t decide which headset to buy? Don’t miss our guide to the best VR headsets

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