Get an Xbox One S with Forza Horizon 3 for under £190

We’ve got a deal that we reckon can finally convince you to make the leap and pick up an Xbox One S.

Grainger Games is doing a cracking deal on the Xbox One S, which gets you the 500GB version of the console as well as a copy of Forza Horizon 3 – all for just £188.99

On Amazon for instance, you’d pay £197.99 for an Xbox One S (500GB) and £31.99 for Forza Horizon 3, which totals £229.98. That means you’re saving a hefty £40.99 by bagging this deal.

We gave the Xbox One S a 4/5 score in our review, praising the console’s 4K game upscaling, the HDR compatibility, the great value for money (especially as a UHD Blu-ray player), and the small form factor.

Here’s our verdict, which was written around the time of the console’s launch last year:

“The Xbox One S is far better than the original Xbox One, with improvements on every front. It’s smaller, it’s prettier and it includes a greater number of features. Sure, the gaming element is almost unchanged, but HDR gaming compatibility means at least a degree of future-proofing. Then there’s the 4K output: although it’s upscaled, rather than native, right now this is the best you’ll get from a console.”

“But the real worth is the ability to play UHD Blu-rays. This is the most affordable 4K Blu-ray player on the market, and it’s a competent performer to boot. If you own a 4K TV and you want your movies and games looking their best, the Xbox One S is a no-brainer.”

“Microsoft faces competition from Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. While the Sony offers 4K and HDR in gaming, it doesn’t play UHD Blu-rays. That’s a major omission in my book, leaving an open goal for the Xbox One S.”

Meanwhile, Forza Horizon 3 scored a very rare 5/5 score when we reviewed it, with key highlights including the wide roster of extremely customisable cars, the beautiful graphics, the fun and varied events, the impressive and varying range of terrains, the competitive Drivatar AI, and the solid online multiplayer.

Here’s our verdict from last year:

“Besides that time I threw my Mustang around the bends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have never had a more fun, thrilling or satisfying driving experience.”

“This game gets my heart rate going like no other racer. It captures the childish glee of playing with toy cars and combines it with the adrenaline of throwing yourself around in a very expensive hunk of metal.”

“Will it last? I’ve had a solid week of this and I’m not even close to being bored yet. Then there’s Playground Games’ history of adding worthwhile expansion packs, which promises to keep things fresh.”

Is a rose gold Galaxy S8 in the works?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ may be getting a new colour iteration, at least if purported new press renders are to be believed.

Pictures of a rose gold S8 have appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo, via PriceRaja, showing off the 6.2-inch S8+ variant sporting a light rose gold finish.

It’s worth noting the original post on Weibo now seems to be unavailable, so take these renders with a pinch of salt.

However, it’s not uncommon for Samsung to release new colours of its flagship phones after the initial launch, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge receiving new colour options post-launch – Pink Gold being a highlight.

If these renders are real, then it seems Samsung has decided to change its colouring for the pink variants of its phonem with the S8 renders being a brighter model overall.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Bixby voice controls ‘weeks away’ as English proves taxing

Samsung’s personal assistant Bixby is still weeks away from arriving on the Galaxy S8 range, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday.

The voice-powered Siri-rival was scheduled to arrive alongside the flagship smartphones, but more than a month on, the English language version is nowhere to be seen.

Apparently, despite sounding like something a bloke from Leeds would name his dog, Bixby is still having a hard time with understanding spoken English.

The report says: “Recent internal tests of the service have revealed the voice-activated assistant is struggling to comprehend English syntax and grammar, one of the people said.”

According to the report the voice portion won’t be ready to roll out in the United States (and presumably in the UK) until “at least” late June.

Related: Galaxy S8 review

Other parts of the Bixby equation are out there, with the Vision image and text analysis tools already available in all markets. Voice, however, remains elusive.

A Samsung spokesperson told CNET: “Bixby Voice benefits from time to further enhance natural language understanding, and we are currently growing our user testing in the US to prepare for launch.”

The question is, are current Galaxy S8 adaptors really missing the presence of the voice-powered personal assistant?

Usually, when a hyped feature misses the launch window on a major device, companies are inundated by complaints by punters asking when it’ll show up.

In our experience, that hasn’t been the case this time around.