In 2011, Microsoft offered to give college students a free Xbox 360 when they purchased a new Windows PC if it was priced at $699 or higher. The company recently announced a revival of that same offer this year and now Sony has now apparently realized it can offer a similar deal for college students via its Windows-based Sony VAIO notebooks and PCs.
The company has revealed that eligible college students and faculty members who buy a S, T, Z and L Series VAIO PC can get either a free Playstation 3 console or a free PS VITA console simply by putting in a promo code during checkout at Sony's website.
The PS3 model will be the one with the 160 GB hard drive, which normally sells for $249.99 and the PS Vita version is the Wi-Fi only model and also is priced at $249.99. By contrast, the free Xbox 360 that Microsoft is offering with a new Windows PC only has a 4 GB hard drive and is priced at $199.99.
If you happen to already own a PS3 or a PS Vita but still want a Sony VAIO PC, Sony can also offer users $200 that can be used towards purchasing Playstation games and accessories. If you don't want a new console, Sony can also offer an eight percent reduction on its VAIO PCs.