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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Free Games with PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus is Sony‘s premium subscription service that unlocks online multiplayer, free monthly games, exclusive discounts and other benefits across PS4 and PS5. One of the biggest perks of a PS Plus membership is definitely the free games you get every month. But how exactly does it work and how do you access the free titles? This comprehensive guide will explain everything you need to know about getting free games with a PlayStation Plus subscription.

What is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus (commonly abbreviated to PS Plus or PS+) is a paid subscription service from Sony that gives users access to online multiplayer gaming, free games each month, exclusive discounts and other benefits across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles.

There are currently three tiers of PlayStation Plus:

  • PlayStation Plus Essential – The baseline PS Plus subscription with online multiplayer, free monthly games, exclusive discounts etc. This tier costs $9.99 per month.
  • PlayStation Plus Extra – All benefits of Essential tier plus access to a catalog of 400+ PS4 and PS5 games to download and play. This mid-tier costs $14.99 per month.
  • PlayStation Plus Premium – All benefits of Extra tier plus access to 340+ classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games to stream or download. There are also time-limited game trials. This top tier costs $17.99 per month.

A PlayStation Plus membership allows you to play online multiplayer in games, gives you free games every month that are yours to keep forever as long as you stay subscribed, provides exclusive discounts on the PS Store, offers 100GB of cloud storage for game saves and lets you share your gameplay with friends.

Do You Get Free Games with a PlayStation Plus Subscription?

Yes, one of the biggest benefits of a PlayStation Plus membership is getting free games every month that you can download and play for as long as you stay subscribed.

With a PS Plus Essential subscription, you get 2-3 free PS4 and PS5 games each month. With a PS Plus Extra subscription, you get access to the monthly Essential games as well as a catalog of 400+ titles to download. And with PS Plus Premium, you get access to the Extra catalog plus 340+ classic games from older PlayStation platforms.

So a core advantage of PS Plus is definitely the free games. Each month, Sony curates a selection of free titles across both new releases and classic games that PS Plus members can claim and add to their game library. As long as your membership is active, you have unlimited access to these titles. If your membership lapses, you lose access to the monthly games until you re-subscribe, but any games you‘ve claimed are yours to keep and play even without an active subscription.

How to See and Get This Month‘s Free PS Plus Games

Sony announces the free PlayStation Plus games for each month on the last Wednesday of the preceding month. For example, February‘s free games are revealed on the last Wednesday of January.

Here are the steps to see and get this month‘s free PS Plus games:

  1. Check PlayStation Blog or social media on the last Wednesday of each month for that month‘s PS Plus announcement. Sony reveals the free line-up on their official blog.
  2. Once the games are announced, log into your PlayStation Network account on your PS4 or PS5 console.
  3. Go to the PlayStation Store and navigate to the PlayStation Plus section. This is where you can see this month‘s available free games.
  4. Select ‘Add to Library‘ on each of the free titles to add them to your game library. As long as you have an active PS Plus membership, you can now download and play them whenever you want.
  5. You can also see the monthly free games under the ‘PS Plus Monthly Games‘ section on the homepage of the PlayStation Store. Add them to your library from here.
  6. Don‘t forget to come back each month and claim the latest free titles before the offer period expires! Monthly PS Plus games can only be claimed during their designated month.

Where to See the Full List of All Free PS Plus Games

Beyond just this month‘s offerings, you may also want to see a full list of every game PlayStation Plus has offered for free since it launched. Here‘s where you can find a complete catalogue:

  • Check PlayStation Plus Hub on PlayStation Store on your PS4 or PS5. This hub shows every free PS Plus game offered to date.
  • Visit blog.playstation.com and search ‘free games‘ to see blog posts announcing each month‘s PS Plus lineup.
  • Search the PlayStation Plus Wikipedia page which documents every free title since PS Plus launched.
  • Use sites like GameRevolution‘s free PS Plus games tracker which lists every title and dates offered.

Having a full list allows you to see just how many free games there have been with PlayStation Plus over the years – it‘s in the hundreds! For research purposes, this gives you an idea of the scope and value PS Plus offers its subscribers.

Get Notifications for New Free Games Each Month

To ensure you never miss out on claiming your free games with PlayStation Plus each month, you can set up notifications and reminders as new titles are revealed:

  • Follow PlayStation blog and social media accounts like @PlayStation on Twitter and turn on notifications. They announce each month‘s PS Plus games.
  • Set a monthly calendar reminder for the last Wednesday of each month to check for that month‘s free reveals.
  • Subscribe to receive PlayStation emails in your account settings for updates on PS Plus offerings.
  • Enable notifications on the PlayStation mobile app and you‘ll get notified when new PS Plus games are announced.
  • Follow gaming sites like IGN, GameSpot and Polygon on social media or in newsletters for PS Plus free game announcements.

Being in the loop each month ensures you can immediately claim the latest free titles before the offer period expires. Nothing worse than missing out!

How Long Do You Have Access to Monthly PS Plus Games?

PlayStation Plus free games made available each month are only claimable during their designated period, usually the first Tuesday of the month until the first Tuesday of the following month when new games are offered.

This means there is only a limited one month window to add that month‘s free games to your library. If you miss out on downloading a title during its availability period, it will be locked for you once that month ends.

However, any games you do successfully claim during their free month are then yours to keep indefinitely as long as you maintain an active PS Plus membership. If your membership lapses though, you lose access to previously claimed games until you re-subscribe.

So in summary:

  • Each month‘s free PS Plus games must be claimed during their availability period, usually the first Tuesday of the month until the first Tuesday of the next month.
  • Games can only be downloaded during this period and are locked after it expires.
  • Successfully claimed games remain accessible as long as your PS Plus membership is active.
  • If your membership ends, access to claimed games is suspended until you re-subscribe.

For this reason, make sure to log in during the first week of each month and claim that month‘s free games before the offer expires!

Maximizing All the Free Games from PlayStation Plus

To get the most value out of your PlayStation Plus membership and access the maximum number of free games, here are some useful tips:

  • Claim all the monthly PS Plus Essential games across PS4 and PS5. Don‘t miss out on titles for either console!
  • If subscribed to Extra or Premium, claim monthly Essential games too for a larger library.
  • Download all DLC and extras for monthly games while they‘re still free to access.
  • Add both PS Plus Extra and Premium catalog games to your library to download later.
  • Claim classic PS1, PS2 and PSP games via the Premium tier while available.
  • Set alarms and calendar reminders so you never accidentally forget to grab the latest free monthly games.
  • Keep an eye on PlayStation Store sales to build your library even further with discounts.
  • Stack discounted PS Store gift cards on sale from retailers to save more on purchases.
  • Share PS Plus with a friend or family member to maximize the number of free games claimed each month.
  • Keep your membership active and prevents lapsing so you don‘t lose access to your accumulated free games.

Following these tips will help ensure you unlock the full savings and free game potential with your PlayStation Plus membership!

Can You Play PlayStation Plus Games Offline?

Yes, once you have successfully claimed and downloaded the monthly PS Plus free games during their availability period, you are able to play them offline with no restrictions, even without an internet connection.

The only requirement is having an active PS Plus membership to maintain access to any games in your library. But offline access allows you to continue playing PS Plus free games while traveling, in a location with no internet, or when your connectivity is interrupted.

Just note that while playing offline, you will not have access to the following PlayStation Plus benefits which require a live internet connection:

  • Online multiplayer
  • Cloud storage uploads and downloads
  • Accessing the Game Catalog or Classics Catalog
  • Downloading any new games or content
  • PlayStation Store access

So offline play is fully supported for claimed PS Plus monthly free games. Just make sure to connect online periodically to download the latest games and sync your saves.

What Happens if Your PS Plus Membership Expires?

It‘s important to understand what happens if you let your PlayStation Plus membership expire after claiming free games each month:

  • Monthly PS Plus free games remain in your library but will be locked with a membership required symbol.
  • You lose the ability to play any claimed free games while your membership is inactive.
  • You still retain ownership of previously claimed games. When you re-subscribe to PS Plus, full access is restored.
  • Any game saves or trophies earned in free games stay on your system so progression is not lost.

-Offline play is disabled on any claimed free games if not a PS Plus member.

  • You lose access to online multiplayer, PlayStation Plus discounts, cloud saves and other benefits.

The key takeaway is you keep "ownership" of any free PS Plus games you‘ve obtained over time, but lose access until you re-subscribe. So it‘s wise to maintain an active membership to keep playing those free titles!

What are Some of the Best Free PS Plus Games?

Since launching, PlayStation Plus has offered hundreds of free games across PS4 and PS5. Here are some examples of the most popular and highly-rated titles that have been featured:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4)
  • Battlefield 1 (PS4)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • God of War (PS4)
  • The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief‘s End (PS4)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4)
  • Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4)
  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4)
  • The Last Guardian (PS4)
  • Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
  • Destiny 2: The Collection (PS4)
  • Until Dawn (PS4)
  • Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

And many more phenomenal titles! For PS5, standouts have included Bugsnax, Maneater, Mortal Shell, and Wreckfest.

Checking the full PlayStation Plus back catalog shows the stellar lineup of free games subscribers have gotten over the years, easily saving hundreds of dollars!

Free Games for October 2022

For October 2022, the free PlayStation Plus Essential games available to claim right now are:

  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS4, PS5)
  • Injustice 2 (PS4)
  • Superhot (PS4)

Make sure to grab this great selection of free games before November‘s offerings are revealed next week! Hot Wheels Unleashed is a fast-paced arcade racing game, Injustice 2 is an acclaimed DC fighting game, and Superhot is a unique shooter where time moves only when you do.

Some other notable free games still available to claim for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers this month include classic PlayStation titles like Limbo, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and Everyday Shooter.

How to Cancel PlayStation Plus Auto-Renewal

When you sign up for PlayStation Plus, auto-renewal is enabled by default to keep your membership active. Follow these instructions if you ever need to disable auto-renewal for PS Plus on your account:

  1. Login to your PlayStation Network account online or via the PlayStation mobile app.
  2. Go to Settings > Account Settings.
  3. Select Subscriptions under Payment Methods.
  4. Choose your PlayStation Plus subscription.
  5. Turn off the ‘Auto Renew‘ option.
  6. Confirm by selecting ‘Turn Off Auto-Renew‘.

This will end recurring payments at the end of your current membership period. You can always enable auto-renewal again later if you choose.

Disabling auto-renewal is an easy process and ensures you aren‘t charged again when your PS Plus term expires. But don‘t forget to re-subscribe manually if you want ongoing access to free games and benefits!

Can You Get PlayStation Plus for Free?

Unfortunately there is no legitimate way to get free PlayStation Plus membership codes or access all the benefits of PS Plus without paying. Paid PS Plus subscription plans start at the Essential tier for $9.99 per month.

However, there are a few limited ways to try out PlayStation Plus temporarily for free:

  • PlayStation sometimes offers free weekend online multiplayer access, letting non-members trial this PS Plus benefit.
  • New PS5 owners can redeem a 6-month PS Plus trial code that comes in the console box.
  • PlayStation may provide free PS Plus trials during certain promotions or events.
  • When creating a new PSN account, there is a 7-day free PS Plus trial you can activate.

So while completely free ongoing PlayStation Plus access is not possible, you can occasionally make use of time-limited trials and promotional periods PlayStation may provide to non-paying users. But a paid subscription is ultimately required to receive all PS Plus benefits and monthly free games. The service is well worth the monthly rates given everything that is included!