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The Ultimate Guide to Free PS Plus Games

As a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you get access to an ever-changing selection of free games every month. But what exactly are these free PS Plus games? Here‘s a comprehensive look at how it works and all the details you need as a gamer.

What Games Can You Get for Free with PS Plus?

The free PlayStation Plus games typically include:

  • 1 PlayStation 5 game
  • 2 PlayStation 4 games

These are full versions of popular titles across various genres. The monthly free games have included huge first-party exclusives like God of War and indie hits like Hollow Knight.

According to Sony‘s official PlayStation Blog, some examples of free PS Plus games from 2022 include:

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Fallout 76
  • Nioh 2
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection
  • Heavenly Bodies
  • Sonic Mania

So the free games really run the gamut from big blockbusters to quirky indies. As a PS Plus member, you can download and play 100% free games each month.

How Does the PS Plus Free Game Program Work?

Every month, Sony announces the new batch of free games for PS Plus members:

  • Announcement happens on the last Wednesday of the month
  • Games become available on first Tuesday of the following month
  • You have until the first Tuesday of the next month to download

For example, March 2023‘s free games will be revealed on February 22. Then you‘ll be able to download the games starting March 7 until April 4.

This gives you around 4 weeks to grab each month‘s offerings. As long as you claim the games while they‘re available, you can keep playing them as long as your PS Plus membership stays active.

Do You Get to Keep the PS Plus Free Games Forever?

Yes, you can play PS Plus monthly free games for as long as you keep your membership. If you let your PS Plus subscription lapse, you‘ll lose access to the free games until you renew.

But as long as you remain a member, any PS Plus freebie you‘ve downloaded is yours to play whenever you want. Your PS Plus library carries forward if you upgrade console generations too.

How Many Free Games Are Included Each Month?

You get 3 free games each month with PS Plus:

  • 1 PlayStation 5 game
  • 2 PlayStation 4 games

That‘s at least 36 free games per year!

A Breakdown of Recent Free PS Plus Games

Let‘s look at some of the free games PlayStation Plus subscribers have received over the last 6 months:

February 2023 PS Plus Games

  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS5)
  • The Quarry (PS4)
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (PS4)

Horizon Forbidden West was a huge PlayStation exclusive earlier in 2022. And Quarry is a new teen horror game from the makers of Until Dawn.

January 2023 PS Plus Games

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PS4/PS5)
  • Fallout 76 (PS4)
  • Axiom Verge 2 (PS4/PS5)

Jedi Fallen Order was named game of the year by several outlets when it launched. And Fallout 76 is the online multiplayer entry in Bethesda‘s post-apocalyptic RPG franchise.

December 2022 PS Plus Games

  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4)
  • Biomutant (PS4/PS5)
  • Divine Knockout (PS4/PS5)

This was the first time the acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy was available on PS Plus. Biomutant is an open world RPG that released in 2021.

November 2022 PS Plus Games

  • Nioh 2 (PS4/PS5)
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection (PS4)
  • Heavenly Bodies (PS4/PS5)

Nioh 2 is an action RPG developed by Team Ninja known for its difficulty. The LEGO Harry Potter Collection bundles Years 1-4 and 5-7.

October 2022 PS Plus Games

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

Hot Wheels Unleashed is a fast-paced racing game based on the iconic toy cars. Injustice 2 is a fighting game from Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm.

How to Get the Most Value from PS Plus Free Games

Here are some tips to maximize your free games as a PlayStation Plus member:

  • Add the PS Plus games to your library every month, even if you don‘t download them. That way, they‘re tied to your account.
  • Expand your gaming horizons by trying genres you don‘t normally play.
  • Follow gaming news sites to learn more about each month‘s offerings.
  • Don‘t forget to claim PS Plus Collection games if you have a PS5.
  • Research gameplay length so shorter games get priority.
  • Check Metacritic scores to identify critically-acclaimed titles.

The variety of PS Plus free games allows you to sample many different game styles you may enjoy. It‘s like getting a free gaming buffet every month!

What About PS Plus Extra and Premium Free Games?

The monthly PlayStation Plus free games are for all tiers, including PS Plus Essential, Extra, and Premium. But the higher tiers also provide access to a catalog of hundreds of games.

PS Plus Extra offers a game catalog of over 400 PS4 and PS5 titles to download. The Premium tier expands this to over 700 games, adding PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP classics available to stream or download.

So the higher PS Plus tiers give you both monthly games AND a Netflix-style catalog. But even the Essential base tier still gets you 24+ free games per year.

FAQ on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Let‘s wrap up with answers to some frequently asked questions:

Do I need PlayStation Plus to play free games online?

Yes, a PS Plus membership is required for online multiplayer functionality in the free games.

Can I play the free games if my PS Plus membership lapses?

No, you lose access to the free games if your membership is not active. You regain access when you resubscribe.

Do PS Plus free games change every month?

Yes, the free game selection refreshes on the first Tuesday of each month. Any games you‘ve already claimed remain playable.

What platforms can I play PS Plus free games on?

Monthly free games are playable on both PS4 and PS5. PS4 games can be played via backwards compatibility.

How long do I have to download each month‘s PS Plus games?

You have until the first Tuesday of the following month to download that month‘s free games before the selection refreshes.

So there you have it – everything you need to know about the PlayStation Plus free games! Take advantage of this great perk to enjoy exciting new titles every month. Happy gaming!