Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

Summary: From May 22nd to September 3rd, Microsoft will offer those who purchase $699+ Windows 7 computers free 4GB Xbox 360s.

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Could a Xbox 360 refresh be on the way? That's the easy assumption to make from the news that Microsoft is set to give away versions of the console with new PC purchases.

From May 22nd to September 3rd, Microsoft will offer those who purchase $699+ Windows 7 computers free 4GB Xbox 360s. Valued at $199, the consoles will only go to students with a valid .edu email address or student ID card.

The move is interesting one for Microsoft, which has certainly been hit by the news that PC sales have been flagging as of late. With the offer Microsoft is able to leverage the momentum behind the increasingly successful Xbox 360 division and use it to boost sales elsewhere. It's a win-win.

But if you are wondering whether students catch onto the deal, I offer one question: Have you heard of Halo?

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Let me guess...

    It will only happen in Us and Canada?
    spacetree@...
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      Possibly since you have to buy from Best Buy or the MS Store (see below).
      TBone2k
    • The blog says US, with Canada and France to follow soon

      @ spacetree@...

      I hope they decide to offer it in the rest of Europe too.
      WilErz
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      lol surely and limited stocks only!

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  • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

    That's actually a pretty sweet deal, especially given that new students are probably going to get a new PC anyways. I've got like 10 days before graduation, so maybe I'll go for this deal, even though I already own an Xbox360. A second for LAN purposes is nice, and I've been meaning to get a new desktop for a while. Sure, I was planning to build it, but hey, incentive.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      It's still probably cheaper to build your own and buy an Xbox rather than take this deal...
      garydavis
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      @Aerowind Just buy a pre built one that has the motherboard you were going to build around and ebay the parts you dont need.
      Ratclif
  • 2 turkeys don't make an eagle

    bundling 2 hard to sell products will make them harder to sell.
    Linux Geek
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      John Zern
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

        @John Zern
        LOL. :D
        Ram U
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

        @John Zern
        [i]why do you continue to drag Linux and OpenOffice into these blogs? [/i]
        what are you smoking?
        Linux Geek
      • I assumed that's what you were talking about

        @John Zern
        When you made the claim of "Two Turkeys"
        John Zern
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

        @John Zern I wonder if I can trade the 360 to some one for an I-pad.
        Ratclif
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      @Linux Geek Hard to Sell, windows 7 is still outselling everything on a new PC so maybe you should really think before you post this bunk.
      slickjim
    • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

      @Linux Geek

      It's two machines for you to install Linux on =).
      CobraA1
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

        @CobraA1

        Yep that'll give a great game experience.

        Oh, Linux ;-(
        tonymcs@...
      • Good idea!

        @CobraA1
        This is exactly why I am reading this article: I had the same idea. [I'm writing this reply from Ubuntu 10.04 (Linux), which is a dual boot on my Windows 7 Pro HP laptop.]
        heymull
    • 2 turkeys don't make an eagle...

      @Linux Geek
      but the current best selling games console in the US and the world's fastest selling operating system means that you are eating crow...
      dazzlingd
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for free

        @dazzlingd
        No: they are giving away an xbox, not a Wii. Right now the xbox is number three out of three when you use active installed users.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Want an Xbox? Buy a Windows 7 PC and Microsoft will give you one for fr

        @Rick_K
        "Current best selling games console in the US"
        Current = what's selling at the moment
        US = United States

        Comscore says Xbox 360 has outdoor PS3 and Wii in the US for 14 straight months.
        dazzlingd