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Sony Copies Microsoft, Offers Free PlayStation for Students

By - Source: Engadget | B 20 comments

Students and faculty who purchase specific VAIO models will receive the PlayStation 3 or one of three other "gifts."

Recently we reported that Microsoft was offering a free 4 GB Xbox 360 to students who purchase a qualifying Windows 7-based desktop or laptop. The offer began Sunday, May 20 and will be available while supplies last at Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics,,, Microsoft Stores and

Now Sony is offering a similar deal for students with its own set of perks and limitations. The perk consists of four free ptions rather than just one: a 160 GB PlayStation 3, a Wi-Fi only PlayStaton Vita, $200 off the customer's choice of PlayStation gear, or 8-percent total savings on select VAIO PCs. The latter option is ideal if the student only needs a PC.

The limitation is that Sony's offer is restricted to twenty-two VAIO desktops and laptops. These range from the 13.3-inch VAIO T Series custom Ultrabook, the 24-inch VAIO L Series custom desktop PC/TV to the 15.5-inch VAIO S Series laptop. As indicated, some of these can be customized whereas other models are sold as-is. Prices start at around $700 for the customizable models.

To get the free consoles or gear, customer simply enter specific eCoupon codes at checkout. This likely means the promotion isn't being offered in local brick-and-mortar stores or anywhere else outside Sony's own online storefront.

For more information about the new student promotion from Sony, head here. All models ship with Windows 7, making them eligible for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $15 once the new OS starts shipping later this year.

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    kcorp2003 , June 13, 2012 9:21 PM
    buying an ultrabook soon. if they offer something i like. i guess i'll pick up the psp vita with it :) 
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    11796pcs , June 13, 2012 9:52 PM
    Would it be possible to qualify for both deals if you bought the correct laptop? That would truly be awesome.
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    Shin-san , June 13, 2012 9:54 PM
    I remember PS3 fanboys talking about Microsoft doing this: THEY MUST BE DESPERATE
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    dauntekong , June 13, 2012 9:55 PM
    LOL yeah they're copying Microsoft... but with better deals... PS3, PS Vita, Discounts, Gift Cards... Thats what you call a deal... Microsoft needs to have better perkies to beat this.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2012 10:01 PM
    Why offer 8% savings when I could sell the PS3 on ebay for a lot more than that?
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    pacioli , June 13, 2012 10:06 PM
    TheFlyingFishWhy offer 8% savings when I could sell the PS3 on ebay for a lot more than that?

    You get the 8% savings too...
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    badaxe2 , June 13, 2012 10:32 PM
    Wondering if they ever said "Microsoft copies Sony: Xbox Now Offers...
    Slim console sku
    Web browser
    HD Classics
    Cloud Storage"

    to name a few. They'd probably also add a standard HDD, internal PSU, Blu-ray, free online play, free apps too but that's getting carried away...
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    DRosencraft , June 13, 2012 10:42 PM
    Sony did the same deal last year (only PS3 though) after MSFT announced their Xbox deal, so was expecting this for a while. If they've got a nice computer to buy, why not pick up a game system or $200 in games/gaming gear at the same time? Unfortunately, for me anyway, Sony doesn't seem to be selling any of their 16.4" laptops, which were their largest screen notebooks. Unless that changes, I'll be passing on this little deal.
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    leongrado , June 13, 2012 10:55 PM
    Better than the printer I got with my Macbook....
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    esrever , June 13, 2012 11:17 PM
    This almost makes vaios look like price competitive products.
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    jazn1337 , June 13, 2012 11:27 PM
    This article's title is ridiculous. One wonders if you would have said "Intel copies Apple: releases Ultrabooks" or "AMD copies Intel: releases Ultrathins"
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    cobra5000 , June 13, 2012 11:59 PM
    Wow "free ptions"! How can I resist?
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2012 1:30 AM
    Restricted to the US?
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    boiler1990 , June 14, 2012 12:13 PM
    pacioliYou get the 8% savings too...

    According to the screencap, you don't get the 8% on top of the free device - it's just if you only need the PC.
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    Zingam_Duo , June 14, 2012 2:48 PM
    Sony copied Microsoft? Really? I thought that Microsoft copied Nestle! :p 
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    elbert , June 14, 2012 2:48 PM
    These VAIO PCs comes with windows 7 so technically could it be possible to get an Xbox 360 and PS3 in this deal? Say if newegg accepts the free ps3 code. Given that MS has been paid for the OS it should be possible.
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    DRosencraft , June 14, 2012 3:35 PM
    elbertThese VAIO PCs comes with windows 7 so technically could it be possible to get an Xbox 360 and PS3 in this deal? Say if newegg accepts the free ps3 code. Given that MS has been paid for the OS it should be possible.

    No, it's not. The Xbox deal is restricted to certain laptops, of which none of Sony's are up for grabs. Not to mention I'm 99% certain the Sony deal is only available through their own website.
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    apone , June 14, 2012 4:15 PM
    Oh lordy Sony, yes all of us students (myself being an alumni) know that a Sony Playstation is a definite must-have on the list of tools that help get the job done in making the Dean's List in college....
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , June 15, 2012 4:48 PM
    Hell yeah! A PS3 helped me ace my chinese class last semester. Ni dong le ma? Wo xi huan da wode PS3!
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    swapnesh mishra , August 1, 2013 1:03 AM
    is this offer available with sony vaio f15218