Microsoft giving students 360s with new PCs

Publisher offering free gaming console to those who buy a Windows 7 desktop priced $700 and up beginning May 22.

Gamers have conceived any number of arguments to convince their parents to buy them a computer, but one of the more inveterate tactics is to claim that it will be used purely for educational purposes. Now, gamers could conceivably stick by that claim, as Microsoft today announced plans to give away Xbox 360s to students who purchase a new Windows 7 PC through participating retailers.

Beginning May 22 and continuing until allotted supplies run dry, those who purchase a new PC priced at $700 or more will receive a new 4GB Xbox 360. Participating retailers include Dell.com, HP.com, and the Microsoft Store. Currently, the offer is available only to gamers in the US, but Microsoft plans to open it up to students in Canada and France soon.

Somewhere along the way, owning a game console in college became cool.

To be eligible for the deal, students will need a valid ".edu" e-mail address. They'll also be required to verify their student status. Those without a valid e-mail address can alternatively stop in at a participating retailer with a valid student ID to redeem the offer. For more information, check out Microsoft's official website for the deal.

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Laiska_pummi
Laiska_pummi

@texasjgc 3D rendering was in my mind actually, but I didn't think that somebody that does 3D rendering and not gaming on their computer wouldn't be on this site. Apparently I was mistaken.

texasjgc
texasjgc

@Laiska_pummi lol. Nope I assure you im not out of my mind. My pC is built for rendering. I freelance as a 3D animator. Ever see the movie Shrek? Creating 3D hardware intensive scenes is what my PC is built for. :-)

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

LOL Well the 360 is dying after all.With maybe 2 exclusives a year at best i can see why the are doing this.

Laiska_pummi
Laiska_pummi

@texasjgc Are you out of your mind? Why do you have a 3000 dollar computer if it isn't for games. Because of what I know, MAC's aren't compatible with most of the games. I mean. Surely your hyper-super computer is for games.

creamypuff
creamypuff

jedikevin2 was right, I just compared the xps15 laptop I got on dell.com a few weeks ago and it was cheaper than the current price - the 360... plus I was able to customize it more... bad deal

texasjgc
texasjgc

I have been building my own machines for years, but I would sure love to build my own MAC. I love macs, I just cant afford them....My PC for 3000 that I put together would STOMP any mac that is currently available. Mac OS im is much more reliable than WIN could ever be. Too bad its illegal to use mac os on pc... makes me sad :\

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I guess its better the what apple is doing. you get the equivalent of a $500 PC when you buy a $2000 mac. All I would do here (if I didn't build my own PCs) is buy a really nice gaming PC. get the 360 turn around and sell it. and recoup some of the costs of that nice PC with the money I just made selling that 360. but really it would still be cheaper $ per $ just building your own.

xgruvdogx
xgruvdogx

Dell was running rip-off deals. Best buy had way better deals and there wasn't any funny stuff going on with the prices. So I went ahead and purchased the comp and a 250 gig HD for the free xbox. Great deal for me because my old console was getting ready to either rrod or the dvd was going to burn out.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@jedikevin2 ok if that is true then the deal sucks. but its up to the potential customers to do their research before going along with deals like this...they can be amazing deals, but sometimes they will have catches.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

whats all the negative talk about? if you are planning on buying a pc anyway then this is great news. i doubt anyone who doesn't want a pc is going to buy a $700 pc just so they can get the free x360...that would just be stupid. it is obviously a way of Microsoft trying to get more people owning x360's but who cares, consumers are getting more for their money.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Horrible deal guys.. All they did was jack up prices on computers that the deal works for. Cool you getting a 360 but you paying a extra 100-200 dollars on the laptop.. Kinda defeats the purpose.

lifemeister
lifemeister

I'm getting a new PC, good deal for me. Perfect timing.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I'd call this a shallow marketing ploy... And I'd be right. I'd be interested to know how many students are buying desktop PCs worth over $700.

Henoch
Henoch

I would sell crappy console and buy better graphic card.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@gerrydaworm no, Microsoft replaced any faulty consoles free of charge, with very fast delivery. really RROD was not even much of a problem for the customers as it was all sorted out quickly. and why the hell are you talking about all this here? i really dont see the need for a console war...and if you dont like the 360 then why click on "Microsoft giving students 360s with new PCs" ??? @bluntis420yo from one extreme to the other...gerrydaworm is obviously a ps3 fanboy, and your obviously a 360 fanboy. they are both good consoles and there is no point trying to talk rubbish about the one console just because you own the other. @bluewaterfamily sorry for your sadness, but this really isn't the place to post that comment. completely irrelevant

LittleToejam
LittleToejam

Am I allowed to return the pc but keep the xbox?

eriktkire
eriktkire

talk about kicking the ps3 while it's down!!!

Osiris1112
Osiris1112

@istuffedsunny Kind of funny that you say that. Why would they be desperate to get their consoles into peoples' homes when the Xbox has been beating PS3 and Wii in sales for the past 8 months?

remysola
remysola

It's incredible how Microsoft supports PC gaming... giving XBOX consoles free.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Aw, and I was planning on buying a computer anyway, but I'm not a student... on top of that, my friend wants a 360 and this would be the perfect time to get one for him... unless... heh heh heh...

jcbullen
jcbullen

@Nibbles37 Hey, you posted a comment a while ago about your girlfriend needing a laptop and if that were the case, then you'd go for this deal. I've read elsewhere that this deal works for laptops, maybe Gamespot is just being shoddy on the reporting O.o

Spartan765
Spartan765

ITS cool great and awesome in one way but maybe bad in the other

Spartan765
Spartan765

ITS cool great and awesome in one way but maybe bad in the other

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@shani_boy101 Do you expect them to study 24/7 ? Everyone needs time to relax and personally I think a mature student should be more likely to do well if they are at home playing a game and so can turn back around to studying at any point rather than if they went out drinking or whatnot as many tend to drink quite a bit and I've seen universities with pubs built onto there campus so I'd rather think they're sober and just taking a break rather than drunk and probably unfit to go back to studying. Homework and home entertainment seem to make sense no?

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Well that's definitely going to help them get through college.

flyingman123
flyingman123

@bluewaterfamily: Um dude this page is about the Xbox 360 not Randy Salvage.

blowtrees
blowtrees

There are a select few games I purchase for the 360 these days. That's not so much a knock on Microsoft, so much as I've grown up a little and have shifted my focus as such. This is a great deal. If I wasn't a system builder I'd jump at it. Albiet it's probably just a 500$ computer with a 200$ xbox added to the price.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Could MS be any more desperate to get their Xboxes in people's homes? If only they cared as much about creating good games as they do about increasing their install base. I've had my 360 since launch and it's collected dust for at least 2-3 years now, I'm not even exaggerating.

TurtlePerson2
TurtlePerson2

Thanks to Apple for this. I saw a lot of iBooks at school this semester.

bluewaterfamily
bluewaterfamily

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Rovelius
Rovelius

ROGERS is giving away PS3s right now with one of their package deals. Just saying in case anyone is interested.

betelgeuse68
betelgeuse68

"Why is Microsoft doing this?" you may ask in light of the fact that the XBox360 has been selling so well - Microsoft even noted this during their last earnings call. Digital downloads through XBox Live have been a big additional source of revenue for Microsoft. So again, why would Microsoft give away XBox360s to someone buying into Windows? Because Macintoshes are selling so well!!! This was from July of last year: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/21/strong_mac_sales/ Fast forward to April 2011: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/18/npd-mac-sales-up-47-in-march/ Microsoft is trying to leverage the XBox to keep people on Windows since MS realizes that the average consumer (not in IT) who buys a Mac is unlikely to look back to Windows and their decision will impact Microsoft's OS revenues down the line. Talk about changing times, i.e. seeing Microsoft sweat over the long term supremacy of its OS. I have a PC and a Mac and I love my PC for gaming but as Crysis 2's PC unit sales results have shown (14% vs. the consoles), the platform is consistently a distant third. The point being that Microsoft can't count on gamers with Windows to sticking with the platform. With a recent job, I was the only one of 8 people on my team that bothered gaming on a PC. Most people had Macbooks and gamed on a console.

huzlerVII
huzlerVII

I've got balls of steel! and apparently a 4GB xbox to go with them....

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

*gets excited* *frowns in disgust that it's the cruddy model, and seemingly US only*

derek_brown
derek_brown

I dont care i have a Xbox 360 and a window 7 pc....................and im in high school...........Microsoft if you have a new xbox than i gonna buy that but have to throw away my old one......By the way it too soon for a new Xbox..........

Uberpeber
Uberpeber

Are they really doing this? The new model came out under a year ago and they're making a new console to be presented in less than a month? It's like Nintendo announces a new handheld so Sony announces a new handheld too; Nintendo announces a new console so Microsoft announces a new console too. Just speculating but, damn. Edit_ The new system doesn't have RROD but it's faulty otherwise. They really screwed up the hard drive slot: you have to put something extra material (I use Q-tips) to create the needed pressure to establish the connection between the drive and the console, also known as E68.

iamamanami
iamamanami

That means there will be a new version of Xbox announced in E3.

Guiltyspartan11
Guiltyspartan11

You do realize this is for college right not high school or middle school.

CleanNick62
CleanNick62

Sounds like a good idea, but bad timing for most. Schools are already out or are ending for the summer come next week here in Memphis and the surrounding cities. Maybe if they started the deal in August-September, then I could forsee this as a huge success.

ratt19
ratt19

cool offer, too bad its only for students because I'm planning on buying a desktop June 3rd...

bdixon76
bdixon76

It amazes me now negative and narrow minded the people that post here are. MS is obviously doing this for 2 reasons. Drive PC sales which drive W7 sales and drive games sales. At this point they have lowered production cost of consoles to the point that giving away new ones to drive W7 market share and generate revenue through games sales is a win. It's called a loss sell. It's not cause they have extra refurbs (they cant even legally do that w/o telling you) or that they need the $$. Who cares about RROD or that PS2 had major issues too. Call it what it is; a good marketing deal.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

@metswonin69 They could refurbish and RROD into a 4GB Xbox 360.

metswonin69
metswonin69

@ClaudiusCaesar Ummm... probably less than 5% of these consoles have ever experienced RROD or will experience RROD.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

Good way to get rid of the MILLIONS of refurbished RROD.