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So long study habits, we hardly knew ye

Microsoft has announced a new back-to-school deal for students that will land the students a computer and an Xbox 360 game console for one low price. The deal is good even if handing a student a free Xbox 360 isn't likely to help their grades.

The deal will see the student get a free 4GB Xbox 360 game console with the purchase of a Windows 7 computer that costs at least $699. Microsoft says that the deal is good on any computer meeting that price point, but it recommends the Dell Inspiron 14r or the Samsung Series 9 machines for students.

The way the student is verified as qualifying for the deal depends on where the computer is purchased. Students ordering online will need an .edu email address. Students that buy in stores will need a valid student ID to purchase. The offer will start May 22 and the end date will vary by retailer according to Microsoft. Similar deals will be coming to France and Canada as well. 

“A hot new Windows 7-based PC with a free Xbox 360 is the ultimate productivity, social and entertainment package for students,” said Kathleen Hall, general manager of Windows Marketing at Microsoft. “In one shot, with this great offer, Microsoft is giving students everything they need for a successful new school year.”

It's not clear exactly how the free Xbox 360 comes to the buyer. It is likely that the Xbox 360 comes via a mail-in offer, but Microsoft isn't clear on that. There is a remote chance that the Xbox is given when the computer is purchased.

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RE: Sweet
By faster on 5/20/2011 2:25:40 PM , Rating: 1
Yea Right! I spent $2000 on a machine I built and It runs a dual boot XP and Windows 7. Wheres my xbox?

Course, my 560i may game a littler harder than that xbox.

In fact, Microsoft probably just wants to make sure that the machines these demographic people purchase (parents buying for kids)are purchased at the $699 price point where the computers don't have great graphics cards for gaming. That will force the kids into the console.

RE: Sweet
By piroroadkill on 5/21/2011 5:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
$699 and up... I don't see how this can be seen so goddamn cynically.

"Microsoft gives students free 360"

"Fucking Microsoft"

RE: Sweet
By tayb on 5/21/2011 9:19:40 PM , Rating: 5
$2,000 gaming pc....


$700 laptop that includes an Xbox 360 and $1,300 cash.

...tough decision...

I guess I won't be able to "game as hard."

RE: Sweet
By invidious on 5/23/2011 3:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
Fine tastes aren't for everyone.

RE: Sweet
By callmeroy on 5/23/2011 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
To each their own...your logic can be applied to most purchases...

Why do people HAVE to buy expensive cars when a $25,000 econo job gets you to point B just as well?

Why do people HAVE to buy expensive homes when cheaper ones can be just as nice if you clean and maintain them?

Its about personal choice and liking the indulgence.

PC games are still offering the overall best selection and variation of game experiences...and hands down the best looking games are on higher end pc's...finally tell one ONE good highly detailed MMO that exists on consoles...if you say Final Fantasy -- I'm starting to laugh already...just so you know.

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