Microsoft Entices Student Surface Pro Purchases with Free XBox One

(Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons)

(Photo: Wikimedia, Creative Commons)

Microsoft is running a new promotion through August 14 through which any student, parent, or teacher in the United States or Canada who purchases a Surface Pro 4 tablet or Surface Book laptop can get a free XBox One game console.

Through the deal, the customer purchases the tablet or laptop as well as the XBox One and receives $300 off the purchase price, enough to entirely cover the price of the XBox.  The console comes with an additional two free games and an extra wireless controller as well as a $50 gift code.

The head of Windows and devices at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, said that the deal is only applicable for those purchasing the device at the same time as the game console.  Those who are only buying the laptop will not be offered the $300 off.

While parents are part of the deal, they must be making the purchase for student use.

In addition, the deal does not include any preorders, making the XBox One S not part of the deal.  The free game options include Just Dance 2016, The Crew, or Assassin’s Creed Unity, reports Sean Hollister for CNet.

The computer, launched in October of last year, will cost customers a minimum of $878 before tax and shipping for the lowest-costing model.

The Windows 10-based Surface Pro 4 comes with a 12.3-inch PixelTouch display and 3:2 aspect ratio, as well as 2736 x 1824 pixel screen resolutions.  The device can be purchased with 128GB or 256GB storage options, and also offers users a full-size USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a 3.5-mm headset jack, a Mini DisplayPort, a Type Cover port, and a SurfaceConnect port, writes Tasneem Akolawala for Gadgets360.

The Windows 10 anniversary update is expected to be released on August 2.  While it will be free for current Windows 10 users, it will come at a cost of $119 for those looking to upgrade from a previous Windows version.  A number of improvements will be included in the update as well as upgrades to Hello and Cortana.

The company recently announced it will be stopping production of the Surface Pro 3 as of the end of the this year.  The devices were originally geared toward students looking for a less expensive version of the Surface Pro.  While rumors suggest Microsoft will be focusing on its Surface Pro and Surface Book models, it remains unclear whether another cheaper version will arrive for students, reports Tom Warren for The Verge.

Microsoft also announced plans to launch the 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 in 10 additional markets throughout the month, with more coming later in the summer.  Customers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will now be able to purchase the devices online through the Microsoft Store.  Germany and Japan will be added next month.

The 1TB Surface Pro 4 will become available to customers in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands later in the summer.

The Surface Book notebook with a removable screen is available for purchase starting at $1,499, while the 1TB model costs $3,199.  The Surface Pro 4 tablet starts at $899, costing $2,699 for the 1TB model.