Microsoft offers students a free Xbox 360 with Windows 7 PC purchase

By on May 19, 2011, 11:00 AM

Microsoft is offering a free Xbox 360 console to students who buy a Windows 7 PC for over $700. The deal will be available in the US between May 23, 2011 and September 3, 2011. The company also noted it will be bringing the offer soon to France and Canada as well. Retailers may have additional specifics for the deal and end dates vary per store (details to follow).

If you want to buy online, you'll need to purchase your new PC through one of Microsoft's participating retailers such as dell.com or hp.com. Of course, you can use microsoftstore.com as well. To get the deal online, you must have an .edu email address.

If you don't have an .edu email address, or you prefer to check out your PC in person at a store, check out Best Buy or any Microsoft Store retail location. To get the deal in person, you need to bring your Student ID.

Here's the official text describing the offer:

Get a free Xbox 360 4GB console with the purchase of a Windows 7 PC $699 or more, at participating retailers in the US from 5/23-9/3 or while supplies last. Verification of student status required. See participating retailers for full details.

Microsoft says you can buy any kind of PC, as long as it's over $700, but the company does specifically recommend the HP Pavillion DM4, a light thin laptop that is only 1" thin, or the Samsung Series 9, a computer that has been described as looking like it is about to rocket off the runway. Ever since October 2009, Microsoft has offered the Windows PC Scout service, so you may want to start there to pick your new PC.

Windows 7 lets you stream music, TV, and more from your PC directly to your Xbox 360. Microsoft should have offered this deal ages ago, and it shouldn't be limited to a specific timeframe.




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matrix86 matrix86 said:

Hmmmm...I still have access to my old college email...and I can make the money back by turning around and selling the computer on ebay or craigslist. Now...I just need more than $700 in my bank account that I can afford to spend......

yRaz yRaz said:

here comes the end of PC gaming, I'm sure MS is testing the waters to see if they can boast sales with this. And ,seriously, do college kids need to be playing xBox? isn't spending all day on facebook enough?

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This is funny. Buy a PC for your schoolwork - and oh by the way, here's an XBox so you can skip classes to play games.

KG363 KG363 said:

I just bought a laptop...

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

guess that's nice but when I was still in college I got windows 7 free and legal.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

stewi0001 said:

guess that's nice but when I was still in college I got windows 7 free and legal.

But you previously bought the hardware, which is what this deal is about.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

4GB? My usb stick has more...but free is always nice.

gobbybobby said:

so... whens it coming to the UK?

Guest said:

lol...Nice one Anonosoft... The PSN hack didnt work out as you hoped huh? Well I guess you have to try an get ahead whatever the means despite a year head start u lost out to SONY...lol

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

lol...Nice one Anonosoft... The PSN hack didnt work out as you hoped huh? Well I guess you have to try an get ahead whatever the means despite a year head start u lost out to SONY...lol

Worst comment I've seen all day, and I spent 40min on 4chan.

tonylukac said:

They have another deal at my college bookstore. Office 10 Pro for $99.

tonylukac said:

What about us custom builders? Can we send in an itemized list of parts?

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

Students should be studying and enjoying college life, not playing videogames all day.

example1013 said:

tonylukac said:

What about us custom builders? Can we send in an itemized list of parts?

Sure, you can send it to Dell or whoever and they'll charge you an extra premium on all the parts. If they were to actually do this, though, they'd probably assemble it, so it's not like you'd be paying extra and receiving nothing.

To be clear, I doubt you can get anything but an OEM computer.

miska_man said:

Haven't read the fine print yet, but does anyone know if the $700 price of the computer is BEFORE or AFTER student discounts are applied?

freythman freythman said:

Xbox is far more entertaining than Facebook

Guest said:

They got the deal all backwards. It should be if you buy an Xbox then you'll get a free PC, because PC's off the shelf sucks big booty.

larebz said:

recipe7 said:

Students should be studying and enjoying college life, not playing videogames all day.

Exactly, such a nonsensical offer in that respect.

Guest said:

Well going to get a laptop through Dell and any decent laptop does not qualify for the offer. What they did is over price the crappy laptops to cover the cost of the XBOX so in reality it is more of a forced bundle than an offer. ie. In January you could buy a computer for $600 and now you can get it for $800 and a "free XBOX". This is a bunch of BULL. Can you get a DELL Lattitude and an XBOX (oh no it is a business computer). Oh you mean you do not offer an XBOX with a computer that is WORTH over $700 instead of a crappy computer that you are charging over $700.

This is just a way for people to spend grant, parents (ie not your money) buying a "laptop" but getting also a game console.

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