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Students can get a free Xbox One with a Surface Pro 4

Engadget Engadget 29/06/2016 Nick Summers

With a new, slimmer Xbox One waiting in the wings, Microsoft is doing everything in its power to get rid of the older model. The original Xbox One is already down to $299, and starting today students can get it for free when they buy a Surface Pro 4 in the US. As the Verge reports, you'll need to step into a retail store to take advantage of the deal -- it runs until August 14th and will be sold as a $300 discount on the pair's combined price. "So basically a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4," Terry Myerson, head of Windows and devices at Microsoft confirmed.

The deal could be a compelling one-two combo if you're about to start college. It's this time of year that young scholars start thinking about a new laptop purchase; a free Xbox One is an obvious and relatively budget-friendly way to sort out your in-dormitory entertainment at the same time.

The trade-off, of course, is that you're buying into older hardware. The Xbox One S is a sleek-looking beast and the Surface Pro 4 was released last October -- there's no word on a successor to the laptop hybrid, but you have to imagine Microsoft is working on something. If you take the plunge, just be aware that you might feel some buyer's remorse by Christmas.

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