Microsoft’s Big Deal For Students: Buy A PC, Get A Free XBox 360

Now here’s a great incentive for students to take the plunge into purchasing a PC. Microsoft will give students a free XBox 360 with the purchase of a PC priced $699 or more.

Rather than watch Apple gobble up all the market share in the student market, Microsoft knows that its gaming console is quite popular among students. It’s willing to put that thought to the test.

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, Dell.com and HP.com. 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.”

Apple is also reportedly expected to announce their annual ‘Back To School’ discounts in the coming week or two as well. So if you’re in the market for a new computer, PC or Mac, put that .edu e-mail account to good use!