Microsoft Offers Students Free Xbox With $699 PC Purchase

Posted: May 20, 2011 in News

Microsoft is offering what may be its strongest incentive yet for students to buy a Windows PC: a free Xbox.

Starting May 22, the company will give a free Xbox 360 4 GB console, valued at $199, to high school and college students who buy a Windows PC priced $699 or more. Verification of student status has to be provided in-store (where a student ID is required) or online (where you need a “.edu” email address). The deal will be available at Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, and Microsoft announced the deal on its Windows Blog on May 19.

Though it may seem strange that Microsoft is offering a deal aimed at students at a time when school is letting out, a rep says late May is a big purchase time for prospective college students. “Students have told Microsoft that they want technology that gives their person life fun and entertainment and also allows them to manage their school work and life with ease,” the rep says. “Windows delivers that.”

The deal also comes after Microsoft reported weak sales for its consumer PC unit last quarter, partially due to the introduction of Apple’s competing iPad 2.

To get the word out about the deal, Microsoft has also released this video featuring a Spartan supersolidier from the Halo series attending a high school graduation:


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