Your Xbox Live avatar can get a free Surface

Do you want to get your hands on a free Microsoft Surface tablet? Of course you do. Today, it was discovered that Microsoft is indeed giving away a free version of its Windows 8/RT tablet, but don't get too excited – it's just for Xbox Live avatars.

In the free offer now available on the Xbox Marketplace webpage, the Surface avatar prop is available for both Silver and Gold Xbox Live accounts, although it's not clear if this offer is just for U.S. subscribers. Once you click on the offer, you will be able to see your Xbox Live avatar playing with the tablet. At first, your avatar presses the touchscreen on the Surface to listen to some tunes, presumably via Xbox Music.

After the avatar grooves for a few seconds to the music, a Type Cover magically appears and drops in the hands of the avatar, which then connects the keyboard and the tablet together, showing off the tight magnetic hold that the cover has on the Surface. Finally, the avatar places the Surface on a brown box and types on the keyboard to bring up the Windows 8 logo, before the Surface disappears altogether. It's fun, it's cool and, best of all, it's free.

Source: Microsoft via WPCentral.com | Image via Microsoft

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Stuff like this and other neglect for apps and offers in my country is the reason i will be moving to the PS4 on launch, Microsoft has ignored us long enough as paying customers, as a paying customer elsewhere you get a lot more for your money.

Even Playstation plus paying members get free games, yet microsoft only starts discounts early 2013? even though their discounts are hilarious and their points system is even worse, 400 points for an avatar item but you can't buy 400 microsoft points, so you're forced to buy 500 or 800, it's a disaster.

AR556 said,
Wow, how generous of them The last thing I want to do is help them advertise.

The person could also happen to own one, like it, and want to show off a little.

Sigh... wow. They giving me a simple animation gimmick for free?! I'm touched. Why not give us a red ball next time so they can throw at us and we can play fetch?

Seriously...

pmdci said,
Sigh... wow. They giving me a simple animation gimmick for free?! I'm touched. Why not give us a red ball next time so they can throw at us and we can play fetch?

Seriously...


Seriously?

Well, if I can't buy a real Surface, I might as well get one for my avatar.
Also, am I the only one to whom the Surface in the image looks like a Macbook Pro?

Woop-de***ing-doo ha!

I guess for kids obsessed with dressing there avatars this would be pretty decent. But, like in real life, i dress in free or second hand stuff. Basically, i'm a mess

Also, if you held your surface like that i'm sure it'd detach itself and come crashing to the floor.

Mikeffer said,

Also, if you held your surface like that i'm sure it'd detach itself and come crashing to the floor.

I'm sure if you owned a Surface or did a little research you would find out it wouldn't

Yeah, that's one of the things they demonstrate to you at the MS store. You really can hold it like that, even though there's no reason to.

PmRd said,

I'm sure if you owned a Surface or did a little research you would find out it wouldn't

Well i'm glad to hear that. However it could have been pointed out in a slightly more approachable way.

Like so...

Enron said,
Yeah, that's one of the things they demonstrate to you at the MS store. You really can hold it like that, even though there's no reason to.

Mikeffer said,

Well i'm glad to hear that. However it could have been pointed out in a slightly more approachable way.

Like so...

So the guy that starts his comment off with

Woop-de***ing-doo ha!

is complaining about the attitude of others.

trip21 said,
Same thing.Non US account

I also get this in the UK, prior to this screen I saw the same one as the decryptor with the -1 price.


Could be because I'm on mobile though

I also get it in the UK. **** MS they can't get anything working for non-US people. And the services that do actually work often miss features. And offers are always for the **** US.