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Microsoft Bringing Back PC/Xbox Student Deal

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Microsoft is bringing back its student deal that offers a free Xbox 360 4 GB console with the purchase of a Windows 7 PC.

Students looking for a new laptop might want to wait until Microsoft re-introduces its popular Xbox 360 offer starting this Sunday, May 20. The campaign provides a free 4 GB Xbox 360 console to students who purchase a qualifying Windows 7-based PC. The offer will be available while supplies last at Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, Dell.com, HPDirect.com, Microsoft Stores and NewEgg.com.

"Together, a Windows 7-based PC and an Xbox 360 console provide students the functionality they need for school while also helping them stay connected to friends and family far away," Microsoft said on Friday. "To take advantage of this offer, students or their parents must provide valid student identification as defined by the participating retailer. Participating retailers may change over the course of the promotion."

Microsoft didn't say which Windows 7-based PCs would qualify for the promotion, but did happen to mention the "thin and light" Dell XPS 13, HP ENVY15 and Samsung Series 5 ULTRA as examples. Unlike last year, Microsoft faces stagnant sales this summer/fall until Windows 8 rears its head later this year. Many students may choose to wait for a Windows 8 machine, thus seemingly pushing Microsoft to resurrect its PC/Xbox combo deal before then.

Additionally, students who purchase a Windows 7 PC starting next month may be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $15. As pointed out on Tuesday, Microsoft hasn't officially announced the $15 upgrade deal, and the discount doesn't apply unless the machine is purchased after June 2. Even Microsoft says the former Xbox deal will only be good while supplies last, so whether it will still be available by June 2 or not is up in the air at this point. It'll all depend on consumer response. It would certainly be an awesome deal to purchase the PC/Xbox bundle and get the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

Microsoft's PC/Xbox bundle campaign actually starts today in Canada, available at Best Buy, Dell.ca, Future Shop, Staples and The Source. Customers in both the U.S. and Canada can check with participating retailers for more information about this offer. As previously stated, participating retailers may change over the course of the promotion.

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    RipperjackAU , May 18, 2012 8:28 PM
    Good way to clear out old inventory of both XBox and Windows, ahead of new product releases.
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    blazorthon , May 18, 2012 8:12 PM
    Free decade old console with only 4GB of storage? Not much of a freebie there.
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    blazorthon , May 18, 2012 8:12 PM
    Free decade old console with only 4GB of storage? Not much of a freebie there.
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  • 10 Hide
    RipperjackAU , May 18, 2012 8:28 PM
    Good way to clear out old inventory of both XBox and Windows, ahead of new product releases.
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    beayn , May 18, 2012 10:53 PM
    Man students got it good. When I was in college there were no deals.. it was $150 for Windows 95 or 98 and $1500 for a low low end PC with 32 megs of RAM.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 18, 2012 10:54 PM
    Way to push "lets have everyone get an XBOX 360 and make it a whole media center hub" yet only with a 4 GB HD.

    I hope the XBOX 720 has a massive hard drive if MS wants to turn it into a HD DVR as well. I'm thinking at least 3-4 TB to start. Then you have to record more advanced game data as well.
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    DroKing , May 19, 2012 12:22 AM
    MSFT when will you stop gimping your deals? If its 250 gb then YAY but 4gb for a 10 yrs old console really? LMAO
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    jezus53 , May 19, 2012 12:40 AM
    Has no one ever heard of an external hard drive? I would much rather keep all of my files on an external and be able to use it on any device I wish, where ever I wish, whenever I wish rather than have it stuck on the xbox.
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    blazorthon , May 19, 2012 12:43 AM
    jezus53Has no one ever heard of an external hard drive? I would much rather keep all of my files on an external and be able to use it on any device I wish, where ever I wish, whenever I wish rather than have it stuck on the xbox.


    Meaning that you have to buy it, almost ruining the point of the free Xbox, to not have to buy it and it's peripherals.
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    universal remonster , May 19, 2012 1:07 AM
    I'm selling my free console to a local video game store. I view it as a $125 cash rebate on my laptop =)
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    blazorthon , May 19, 2012 1:10 AM
    universal remonsterI'm selling my free console to a local video game store. I view it as a $125 cash rebate on my laptop =)


    Now that I can agree with.
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    rajaawad23 , May 19, 2012 1:35 AM
    people here are so negative, its a good offer, not everyone needs a big HDD, I stream media from my pc for example. btw, I dont see apple offering deals anywhere near as good as this.
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    Middleman , May 19, 2012 6:23 AM
    This is a good deal, but why is it for systems $699 and up in the US, but $599 and up in Canada?

    I know the Canadian dollar is stronger than the US dollar right now, but not THAT stronger.
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    Middleman , May 19, 2012 6:31 AM
    universal remonsterI'm selling my free console to a local video game store. I view it as a $125 cash rebate on my laptop =)


    Yeah, because $79 bucks (or less, if you buy one used) for an HDD just completely sours the prospect of a free $199 console. :rolls eyes:

    What the hell is with all this negativity? They are giving away a damn Xbox for free with purchase of a laptop many students are going to be buying anyway. What does Apple do these days, give a hundred dollar gift card for iTunes? Whoopty shit.

    When I bought my 2009 13" MBP a few years ago, they gave me a free iPod touch. It was only the 8gb model, and I had no need of it since I already had an iPhone and a Nano, but that didn't stop me from selling it on eBay for 175 bucks. It was money I was happy to have, frankly, as I looked at is as a 175 rebate on the purchase of my MacBook. If were following the mentality of most of you on here, I'd be bitching that it was just the 8gb model, and didn't come loaded with music and a free case packed in. Bunch of whiny babies.
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    13thmonkey , May 19, 2012 11:00 AM
    in what way is an xbox necessary? as in essential?

    It will force sales of the xbox hdd as people will want to upgrade. Now if the xbox could be a home server to backup the laptop should it fail then that would be interesting.
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    ojas , May 19, 2012 11:09 AM
    Can't tell if they're clearing out their Xboxes or PCs, or whether they're promoting PC sales.

    I bet, if they announced a free "Halo 4 for the PC" coupon code, i bet they'd sell a lot more PCs ;) 

    sadly won't happen...at least until Halo 5, in case the 720 gets Win 8 and has an AMD APU.
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    john_4 , May 19, 2012 11:22 AM
    Go for it MS. crapbox 360 tools/fools. Real gamers build their own PCs
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    upgrade_1977 , May 19, 2012 6:41 PM
    If only I had time and the money to go to school, I could get an education, and discounts..
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    bustapr , May 19, 2012 8:16 PM
    are people really complaining about this?! so what if its an old console with only 4gb of storage. You dont need a giant hard drive to save games. download only games are out of the question but this should be enough for playing games. I cant believe people are complaining about microsoft giving away a free xbox. Games are still being made for it so it isnt obsolete.

    If a student needs to buy a new pc, igetting a free xbox with it is quite a nice bonus. stop being stuck up people, you make the pc gamer community look like whiny brats.
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    blazorthon , May 19, 2012 9:06 PM
    bustaprare people really complaining about this?! so what if its an old console with only 4gb of storage. You dont need a giant hard drive to save games. download only games are out of the question but this should be enough for playing games. I cant believe people are complaining about microsoft giving away a free xbox. Games are still being made for it so it isnt obsolete.If a student needs to buy a new pc, igetting a free xbox with it is quite a nice bonus. stop being stuck up people, you make the pc gamer community look like whiny brats.


    Just because games are being made for it, you don't consider it as obsolete as it obviously is? Wrong. That just means that some people are still using obsolete technology. It's no less obsolete just because it's still in use.
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    cobra5000 , May 20, 2012 5:27 AM
    john_4Go for it MS. crapbox 360 tools/fools. Real gamers build their own PCs

    Do they build their own laptops?
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    invlem , May 20, 2012 5:42 AM
    So people get a free console and all I can see here is complaints... I'm confused, who cares if its an 'old' console, its a current gen console, and its free!

    Main point its its free, which is better than not getting anything, if you don't want it toss it to EB for 60$ and buy something there.

    Getting something is better than getting nothing, especially if that something is easily resell-able with absolutely no effort.
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