Redeeming free games on your PS5 is a breeze with a PlayStation Plus membership. As soon as you subscribe, you‘ll gain access to monthly free games, exclusive discounts, and the PlayStation Plus collection of greatest PS4 hits. Follow this guide to make the most of your membership perks and build up an instant game library at no extra cost.
Activating Your PlayStation Plus Membership
The first step on the path to free games is signing up for PlayStation Plus. As a member, you can claim free monthly games across PS4 and PS5, unlock exclusive member discounts, and more.
You can purchase a membership directly through your PS5 console‘s PlayStation Store. Just head to the PlayStation Plus tile on your home screen. Alternatively, you can buy a membership on the PlayStation website or mobile app and have it applied to your account automatically.
PlayStation Plus is available in three tiers:
- PlayStation Plus Essential – $9.99/month – This base tier gets you online multiplayer, cloud saves, and the monthly free games. It‘s the minimum you need to redeem free games each month.
- PlayStation Plus Extra – $14.99/month – Adds access to a catalog of 400+ PS4 and PS5 downloads.
- PlayStation Plus Premium – $17.99/month – The highest tier with 700+ game downloads, limited time game trials, cloud streaming and a selection of classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games.
Once your membership is active, you‘ll be set to start accumulating free games each month!
Claiming Your Monthly Free PS4 and PS5 Games
One of the best parts of a PlayStation Plus membership is getting free games each month. Sony offers 2-4 free games across PS4 and PS5 that members can download at no extra cost.
Recent free monthly games have included huge titles like God of War, Mortal Kombat X, Fallout 4, and The Last of Us Remastered. While offerings vary month-to-month, subscribing for a year guarantees you 24+ free games across both PlayStation platforms.
To grab each month‘s free games:
- Head to the PlayStation Store on your PS5 console.
- Go to the PlayStation Plus tab.
- Select the free PS4 and PS5 games for the current month.
- Add the games to your library – they are yours to keep and play as long as your membership remains active.
Be sure to log in and claim each new batch of free games by the first Tuesday of each month, before the next month‘s offerings replace them.
As a bonus tip, you can ‘purchase‘ each free game without downloading it immediately. This lets you build up a backlog to play later. Smart move if you‘re low on storage space!
Unlocking the PlayStation Plus Collection on PS5
One of the best membership perks for PS5 owners is the PlayStation Plus Collection – a library of generation-defining PS4 games available for free download.
This collection is valued at over $200 if you purchased each title individually! It includes games like Bloodborne, Days Gone, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5, and over a dozen more Sony exclusives and hits.
To access the PlayStation Plus Collection:
- Go to the PlayStation Plus tile from your PS5‘s home screen.
- Scroll down and select the "PlayStation Plus Collection" icon.
- Choose "View Games" to see the full list.
- Select each game you want to download and add it to your library.
These games remain accessible whenever your PlayStation Plus membership is active. Downloading them all provides an instant collection of Greatest PS4 Hits to play on your new PS5!
Making Use of PlayStation Store Gift Cards
PlayStation Store Gift Cards are an easy way to load up your PlayStation Wallet with funds to spend on new games. But thanks to wallet funds being usable for PlayStation Plus memberships, they also provide a simple way to pay for your subscription!
You can purchase PlayStation Store gift cards online or at most major retailers. They are available in various denominations like $10, $25, $50 and $100.
To redeem a PlayStation Store gift card:
- Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS5 console.
- Navigate to your profile icon in the top right.
- Select "Redeem Codes" from the dropdown menu.
- Carefully enter the 12-digit code from your gift card.
- The wallet funds will automatically be added to your account!
You can then use those funds to purchase a PlayStation Plus membership by going back to the PlayStation Plus tile, selecting your desired tier, and paying with your PSN Wallet.
This provides an easy way to subscribe using just gift cards, without needing a credit card on file. And once you have an active membership, any leftover funds can be spent on purchases like discounted games and add-ons!
Exploit Exclusive Member Discounts
On top of free monthly games, PlayStation Plus members get access to exclusive discounts and deals. The PlayStation Store Deals section will showcase dozens of games on sale each week with discounts up to 60% off!
You‘ll also score launch discounts and bonuses when pre-ordering major new releases and expansions. For example, Elden Ring was 10% off for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
To find the latest deals:
- Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS5.
- Navigate to the "Deals" tab.
- Select either "Games" or "Add-Ons" to browse deals for full games or extra content.
- Check back often, as new sales kick off every Tuesday in North America.
With major discounts on both new releases and PlayStation classics, your membership pays for itself many times over in savings.
Maximize the Value of Your Membership
While a PlayStation Plus membership requires a recurring subscription fee, following the steps in this guide will help you maximize the value you get out of it. You can easily redeem dozens of free games, build an on-demand PS4 collection spanning different genres, and keep your gaming budget under control with exclusive discounts.
The key is checking back monthly for new free game releases, and regularly browsing the Deals section for savings on top titles. A small monthly or yearly investment pays back tenfold with the freebies and discounts PlayStation Plus offers PS5 owners!