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The Ultimate Guide to PS Plus Free Games for May 2023

Hey there fellow gamer! As you may have heard, Sony recently announced the lineup of free games coming to PlayStation Plus members in May 2023. Here‘s a detailed look at everything you can expect.

The Free PS Plus Games for May 2023 Are:

PlayStation 5:

  • FIFA 23
  • Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

PlayStation 4:

  • FIFA 23
  • Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Fallout 76

This is an exciting month, with huge franchises like FIFA, Assassin‘s Creed, and Star Wars making the cut. For soccer fans, FIFA 23 offers updated rosters, graphics, and gameplay improvements to bring the beautiful game to life.

Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla transports players to 9th century England during a tumultuous Viking invasion, with a sprawling open world and RPG mechanics. And Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a story-driven action-adventure that helps fill in the narrative between Episodes III and IV in the film series.

According to gamer reviews, Valhalla currently scores an 8.2/10 on Metacritic, while Jedi: Fallen Order earned a solid 8.7/10. So PS Plus is delivering some high-quality and beloved gaming experiences.

How May‘s Offerings Compare to April 2023

For comparison, the free games PlayStation Plus subscribers received access to in April 2023 included:

PS5:

  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated

PS4:

  • Hood: Outlaws and Legends
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated
  • Slay the Spire
  • Blasphemous

While April‘s lineup included some decent indie titles like Slay the Spire, May clearly steps it up with those big mainstream franchises.

According to Sony, PS Plus monthly game offerings have an estimated total value of over $1,000 per year. With major releases like FIFA and Assassin‘s Creed headlining this month, May looks to deliver outstanding value.

When You Can Start Downloading May‘s PS Plus Games

As a loyal PlayStation Plus member, you‘ll be able to download May‘s free games beginning Tuesday, May 2nd.

Sony refreshes the PS Plus free game selection on the first Tuesday of every month. You‘ll then have until Monday, June 5th to grab May‘s titles.

I‘d recommend adding them to your library as soon as possible so you don‘t forget. As long as you "purchase" them while they‘re free, the games are yours to play whenever you want as long as you maintain an active PS Plus membership.

Some Quick Tips to Get the Most from Your PS Plus Subscription

Here are a few pro tips to maximize the value you get from a PlayStation Plus membership:

  • Add each month‘s PS Plus games to your library, even if you don‘t download them right away. This "claims" them to your account.
  • Take advantage of exclusive member discounts on games and DLC to save money.
  • Upload your saved games to the cloud storage so they‘re backed up safely.
  • Check out the PS Plus Collection on PS5 which offers a library of classic PS4 hits.
  • Try out online multiplayer – it‘s a blast playing games like FIFA against others.

Follow those tips and PlayStation Plus will really enhance your gaming experience.

A Brief History of PlayStation Plus

For some interesting context, PlayStation Plus first launched back in June 2010 on the PlayStation 3. Sony‘s aim was to provide an added premium service on top of PlayStation Network.

Over the years, PS Plus evolved from focusing on multiplayer features and cloud saves to also offering monthly free games. PlayStation 4 saw the service really hit its stride.

Here‘s a quick rundown of major developments in PlayStation Plus history:

  • June 2010 – PS Plus launches on PS3
  • November 2011 – Vita added to PS Plus
  • June 2012 – Monthly free games introduced
  • November 2013 – PS4 joins PS Plus
  • June 2019 – Monthly downloads peak at 100 million
  • June 2022 – PS Plus relaunches with new tiered system

Today, PlayStation Plus has over 47 million subscribers as of Sony‘s latest earnings report. It continues to be an essential part of the PlayStation experience.

The Different PlayStation Plus Tiers Explained

As you may know, Sony revamped PS Plus in June 2022 to introduce a tiered subscription system. Here‘s a quick breakdown of each plan:

PlayStation Plus Essential

  • $9.99/month
  • Online multiplayer access
  • 2 monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud saves

PlayStation Plus Extra

  • $14.99/month
  • All Essential benefits
  • Game catalog of 400+ PS4 and PS5 games

PlayStation Plus Premium

  • $17.99/month
  • All Extra benefits
  • 340 more games including PS1, PS2, and PSP titles
  • Game trials
  • PS3 game streaming

Most players opt for either Essential or Extra. But Premium is ideal for those who want to revisit classic PlayStation generation games.

It‘s a Great Time to Be a PlayStation Gamer

Well that covers everything you need to know about the PlayStation Plus monthly free games for May 2023! With blockbuster titles like FIFA 23 and Assassin‘s Creed Valhalla downloadable at no extra cost, it‘s a pretty thrilling month to be a PS Plus member.

Take advantage of all these perks and your subscription will really pay for itself many times over. Now get ready to explore epic Viking England, become a Jedi hero, command the pitch in FIFA, and lose yourself in many more unbelievable PlayStation gaming experiences with your PlayStation Plus membership!