The Best Free PS5 Games You Should Download (2023)

Following possibly the most tantalising wait in video game history, the PlayStation 5 is now out and up for grabs — but it’s not exactly cheap. As well as the console itself being a bit pricey, game prices have also seen a hike for the ninth generation with Sony’s first-party games being particularly expensive. That’s where the best free PS5 games might come in handy.

The following games are free on PS5 for everyone — you don’t need PlayStation Plus to play them or take them online. While most of them will have their own form of in-game currencies, Battle Passes, and all forms of monetisation, free really means free with these PS5 games. You don’t have to sink any money into them to have fun. Just head on over to the PlayStation Store and press that giant download button and you’re ready to go.

Those games are perfectly optimized for the console, and you can sink dozens of hours into them. Again, most of them have microtransactions, though most of these additional purchases are cosmetic, so you don’t have to pay to win.

Here, then, are all the games on PlayStation 5 that cost you a grand total of zero and that we highly recommend. From genre-hopping behemoths to games that come installed on the console from day one, there’s plenty of free games on PS5 for you to check out.

The Best Free PS5 Games

15. Fantasy Strike

Developer: Sirlin Games
Publisher: Sirlin Games
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Both

Fantasy Strike is a game for players who love fighting games but hate losing every online match. It’s also a nice match for those new to fighting games.

Fantasy Strike eschews complex fighting controls in favor of tactical play, helping newbies to learn the fundamentals of this genre.

It’s a relief that the game’s characters aren’t hidden behind a paywall. Instead, players have access to all of them for free. And in terms of game modes, you can play ranked, online casual, practise or go against the AI.

Fantasy Strike has some of the most memorable characters in a PS5 game, and it helps that the graphics are also unique and different to the norm. This is one of the most balanced and polished fighting games out there, so give it a try for the low, low price of free.

14. Super Animal Royale

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Developer(s): Pixile, Poppy Works
Publisher(s): Pixile, Modus Games

Enjoy games like Fortnite but want something a lot more whimsical? Enter Super Animal Royale, an isometric battle royale game that makes cute animals do very uncute things.

Super Animal Royale is a great BR for those who find themselves regularly getting stomped online as it’s approachable by all, even those of a younger persuasion. 64 players duke it out to be the last bear/monkey/cow standing in a safari.

It’s daft and has about as much depth as a puddle, but if you want something free on PS5 that you can just pick up and play, Super Animal Royale is a pretty decent pick.

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13. Enlisted

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Developer: Darkflow Software
Publisher: Gaijin Entertainment

Miss the glory days of Medal of Honor but want to splice it with something a bit more strategic? Enlisted could be the World War 2 FPS game you need.

With an emphasis on squad-based combat, you’re tasked with tactically working with other players on land and in the air by controlling whole squads of soldiers across a whole range of different modes. The maps themselves are even based on major battlegrounds in WWII, with Battle of Moscow, Invasion of Normandy, Battle of Tunisia and Battle of Berlin all being present.

Yes, it’s a little rough and ready as it’s missing that AAA sheen so many of us are so used to, but there are plenty of interesting ideas here that you won’t find anywhere else.

12. Rogue Company

Developer: First Watch Games
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

If you had to pick the cocktail of competitive shooter games, it would probably be Rogue Company. It cherry-picks elements from other games and puts them together to create something that’s both new and familiar.

Rogue Company has a glider like the one you use in Fortnite, an upgrade and weapon shop on a plane like the one in CS: GO, a ping system similar to the one in Apex Legends, and more. Blending so many things together should make the game a mess, but it surprisingly works.

Thankfully, though, that’s not the only thing Rogue Company has going for it. The shooting feels amazing, the maps are interesting, and the action will keep you coming back.

11. Path of Exile

Developer: Grinding Gear Games
Publisher: Grinding Gear Games
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Both

For anyone who grew tired of Diablo or Blizzard in general, Path of Exile has proven to be the perfect dungeon crawler replacement. Developed by Grinding Gear, who have been lauded for, funnily enough, not making the game too much of a grind, Path of Exile regularly places in the upper tiers of Steam charts and is no doubt broadly played on PS5, too.

Playing as a titular Exile, you have to try and survive on Wraeclast as you also seek to take revenge on those who left you banished. Choose from many different classes, get utterly lost in character customisation, and then collect literally all of the loot until you can loot no more. There’s even PVP for those grow tired of slashing monsters.

10. Dauntless

Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: Epic Games
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

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The elevator pitch for Dauntless is incredibly simple but effective: Monster Hunter but free and made by Pixar. Comparisons to Capcom’s mega hunting franchise seem unavoidable, particularly because the guys at Phoenix Labs leaned into them real hard — it’s hard not to see the Monster Hunter inspiration in every pore of Dauntless.

However, if you want a fun, less intense version of the mac daddy and just want something much simpler and more straightforward, Dauntless is a pretty fantastic option. Phoenix Labs have been updating and adding to Dauntless as time has worn on and while it will likely always lack a little compared to Monster Hunter, there’s something to be said for a leaner hunting experience sometimes.

9. Rocket League

Developer: Psyonix
Publisher: Psyonix

Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Both

One of the biggest surprise success stories of the last ten years, Rocket League originally made its name on PS4 as part of PlayStation Plus and went on to reach a huge audience. With Psyonix now owned by Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, Rocket League is free for everyone on PS5. It’d be a crime if you didn’t play it.

A straightforward game with a steep learning curve, Rocket League is basically soccer/football but with RC cars — that’s it. Where the game really comes into its own, though, is in the kinds of things you can do with these cars, the ridiculous goals you can score and the goal-saving clearances you can make.

Plenty of players are super good at the game five years on from release, so don’t, erm, flip out if you’re not immediately the best at Rocket League.

8. Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Bungie
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

Destiny 2 has travelled a very interesting road throughout the years since its 2017 release. While initially a success, players didn’t seem to gravitate to it for hundreds and hundreds of hours like they did the previous game. Following tonnes of reshuffling (no more Activision, drastic content changes), Destiny 2 is free on PS5 and arguably in its best shape ever.

The brilliance of Destiny 2 has to lie in its gunplay, which Bungie are revered as the masters of. That’s lucky as you will be doing a whole bunch of shooting here on the neverending quest for loot across different planets, raids, and much, much more.

Destiny has always been deadly when it comes to creeping addiction — without even realising it, you will be utterly hooked and then diving into all the extra content it has to offer.

7. War Thunder

Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Publisher: Gaijin Distribution
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

One of the very first free PS4 games (and first games on the PlayStation 4 in general) is also one of the very first free PS5 games you should check out. Compared considerably with Wargaming’s “World of” franchises, War Thunder is a record-breaking military sim that just keeps going from strength to strength.

Whether by land, sea, or air, War Thunder offers players the chance to take on combat however they like in worldwide warfare. Want something a little sillier? Try Arcade. Want to feel like you’re clambering into an actual tank, clunkiness and all? You’ll want Simulator instead.

Whether in PVP or PVE, War Thunder has pretty much everything, including crossover content with My Little Pony. Yes, really.

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6. Warframe

Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: Digital Extremes
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

You got absolutely nothing on your agenda for the next 1000 hours of your life? Enter Warframe, the ludicrously addictive sci-fi ninja game where the universe is your very own fashion show. As satisfying as it is slice your way through enemies, it’s all a little pointless unless you look great doing it.

The Warframe that the game launched at is almost unrecognisable from the game that it is now, and that’s all thanks to just how well Digital Extremes have supported it throughout the years. With it now even having an open world to explore, as well as multiple playstyles to be the exact Tenno you want to be, Warframe is a giant game that just keeps on getting bigger and better.

And, as a small bonus, it was also one of the first free PS5 games to make good use of the DualSense.

5. Genshin Impact

Developer: miHoYo
Publisher: miHoYo
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Both

Genshin Impact is basically the free, anime-esque version of Breath of the Wild. You play as one of two twins whose vacation is spoiled by a mysterious god. After that, you go on a quest to find your twin. On that journey, there are guilds to join, foods to cook, friends to make and monsters to slay.

Everything in the game is beautifully rendered, from the characters to the environments. And gameplay is nearly as compelling as Breath of the Wild. You can easily spend over 40 hours in the game and still want more. Genshin Impact is a free game with AAA thrills.

4. Apex Legends

Developer: Respawn
Publisher: EA
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

Apex Legends was a smash hit right out of the block, it breaking streaming and playing records one after the other. While it hasn’t quite managed to continue that momentum, millions still play Apex Legends’ unique vision of the battle royale every day across a multitude of different Legends with special abilities.

We say “unique”, but there isn’t a single mechanic in Apex that hasn’t been completely aped by other battle royales over the last couple of years, namely Fortnite. Still, if you’re a Titanfall fan or just want your BR games to have a bit more personality and lore, you should be playing Apex faster than you can ping a Mozambique.

3. Call of Duty: Warzone

Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

Free Call of Duty: an idea so simple yet so lucrative that it’s a wonder Activision didn’t pull the trigger any sooner. Warzone uses the also quite great Modern Warfare as its basis to provide one of the PS5’s best battle royale games, all backed up by the smooth gunplay that CoD has become a household name from for over almost two decades.

Just like Apex before it, Warzone really came into its own with the unique twists it brought to the battle royale party. Gulags allowed players another chance after death, while the game’s currency system also grants them the ability to call in their loadouts from the traditional multiplayer experience, as well as buy fallen teammates back.

This all gives Warzone a constantly hectic pace — there’s always someone to shoot, some cracked kid to cuss out.

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2. Fortnite

Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Epic Games
Microtransactions? Yes
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Multiplayer

Fortnite isn’t really just a game anymore — it’s a brand and a platform, as well as one of the most popular multiplayer games of the last ten games. It’s also a great PlayStation 5 game to get for free, specifically if you’re a battle royale fan. That said, you can also mess around a tonne in Creative, building almost whatever you want — maybe even your own game.

If you’re thinking of playing Fortnite competitively, bear in mind that, as with any game that’s been around for a few years, the playerbase is generally pretty good nowadays and the learning curve is damn steep. Knowing how to shoot isn’t enough, you also have to build and edit and just generally get to grips with the game’s many moving parts.

Luckily, though, SBMM makes your introduction to Fortnite pretty gentle. On top of that, Creative also allows you to practice things like building and editing, so there’s no rush to get up to speed.

1. Astro’s Playroom

Developer: SIE Japan Studio
Publisher: SIE

Microtransactions? No
Single-Player/Multiplayer? Single-Player

Yes, it’s true that Astro’s Playroom comes pre-installled with the PS5 and therefore a free game that’s pretty hard to miss, but you get the feeling that many people gloss over its brilliant charms and instead move straight onto something else. Astro is a PlayStation mascot who doesn’t command much respect, but he really should.

Astro’s Playroom is a simple, constantly delightful platformer that seeks to celebrate PlayStation history while looking forward to its future. That means plenty of DualSense integration that makes the most of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to great effect, whether that’s you firing a bow or climbing up a rock face as a giant robot monkey.

There’s so much to be effusive about when it comes to Astro’s Playroom, whether that’s the wonderful soundtrack, the gorgeous visuals, the offbeat tone or, to the delight of completionists, an exceptionally easy Platinum trophy. Play Playroom so we can get another Rescue Mission for PS5.

Bonus: The PlayStation Plus Collection

Here’s a bit of a bonus for you on your PlayStation 5.

While not technically “free” as you need to pay for Plus, anyone subscribed to PlayStation Plus will be able to download and play a selection of some of the best games from the PlayStation 4.

Here’s all of the games included with the PlayStation Plus Collection:

– Batman Arkham Knight
– Battlefield 1
– Bloodborne
– Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
– Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
– Days Gone
– Detroit: Become Human
– Fallout 4
– Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
– God of War
– Infamous Second Son
– Monster Hunter World
– Mortal Kombat X
– Persona 5
– Ratchet & Clank
– Resident Evil 7
– The Last Guardian
– The Last of Us Remastered
– Uncharted 4
– Until Dawn

It does seem like these will be a permanent fixture for Plus subscribers, so if you’ve been missing out on some classics from the PS4, now’s the time to check them out.

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FAQs

Is it better to download PS5 games? ›

It is all up to you and how you prefer to game. If you're all about having less clutter in your home and want to go strictly digital, the PS5 Digital Edition probably going to appeal to you. However, most people will still want to stick with the PS5 since you can play with a disc or via digital downloads.

What PS5 games are worth buying? ›

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, Demon's Souls, Resident Evil Village, Deathloop, Astro's Playroom, Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut, Control Ultimate Edition, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hitman 3 also shifted positions on the list.

What games can I play free? ›

Here are the top (most popular) free online games to play right now.
  • Mahjongg Dimensions. Mahjongg Dimensions is a 3D take on the popular tile-based game. ...
  • Sudoku is a classic logic puzzle that first appeared in Japan in 1986. ...
  • Spider Solitaire. ...
  • Bubble Shooter.

Is Spiderman free on PS5? ›

*Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for the PS5 console is available as part of the Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition or available for $20 when purchased with Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales Standard Edition. PS4 Standard Edition owners must upgrade to PS5 version (at no cost) in order to redeem.

Is a PS5 Pro coming? ›

The PS4 Pro launched in 2016, which was three years after the original PS4 came out. That means we could see a PS5 Pro release as early as 2023, then, as the PS5 launched in November 2020. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing component shortages could push a PS5 Pro launch well into 2024 or beyond.

Is it worth getting a PS5? ›

Not only is the PS5 the more powerful console, Sony's efforts to enable backward compatibility means that even if you buy a PS5, but you also won't miss out on the PS4's finest experiences. Most run better than ever before, with games like Ghost of Tsushima now running at 60fps on PlayStation 5.

Can you get PS Plus for free? ›

You need a credit/debit card or PayPal account registered to your account for PlayStation Network to sign up for and access a free trial offer. The required payment method may vary by country. Each person is eligible for only one free trial unless otherwise communicated.

What should I do first PS5? ›

Getting started with your new PS5 console
  1. Attach the base.
  2. Connect to a display.
  3. Connect to the internet.
  4. Update system software.
  5. Connect to PSN.
  6. Transfer PS4 console data.
  7. Purchase and play a game.
  8. Start playing online.

How many games can PS5 hold? ›

Many of the best PS5 games require between 40-60 GB of storage. Even if you mix in some PS4 games and smaller indies, you can realistically store 10-15 games on the drive at a time. After that, you'll need to delete games and redownload them if you ever want to play them again.

Can I play PS5 without Internet? ›

You can play your digital games offline on PS5 and PS4. However, according to Sony, there're some limitations when playing the games you got from a PlayStation Plus membership. You can download games from the PlayStation Plus Extra or PlayStation Plus Premium catalog.

What is the number 1 PS5 game? ›

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is arguably the best PS5 game overall. This sequel in the long-running franchise combines gorgeous graphics, instantaneous load times, varied gameplay and a charming story. It also shows off what the DualSense controller can do, with some subtle haptic effects.

How do I get better graphics on PS5? ›

How to change the graphics settings on PS5
  1. What we used.
  2. The Short Version.
  3. Turn on and log into your PS5.
  4. Go to Settings.
  5. Go to Saved Data and GameApp Settings.
  6. Go to Game Presets.
  7. Click on Performance Mode or Resolution Mode.
  8. Choose your preferred mode.
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Is Elden Ring too hard? ›

It's pretty safe to say that Elden Ring is a tough game. Frequent ambushes and enemies that can kill you with a single hit can make the first few hours very difficult.

What is the #1 game in the world? ›

What is the #1 Game in the World in 2022? The top #1 most played popular game in the world right now is Minecraft. Released back on 18 November 2011, Mojang Studios was able to sell above 238 million copies of the game across all platforms, with around 600 registered players.

Which is no 1 game in the world? ›

What PC Games Are People Playing Right Now?
Game titlePublisher
1.MinecraftMojang Studios
2.FortniteEpic Games
3.League of LegendsRiot Games
4.ROBLOXRoblox Corporation
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What is the #1 online game? ›

Top 10 Online Games in The World
GameOnline PlayerLaunch Year
Minecraft91 Million2011
DOTA 25 million2015
The Division 2N/A2019
The Splatoon 25 million2015
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Do PS4 discs work on PS5? ›

Since the PS5 is backward compatible with the PS4, PS4 games can be played on the new console. To play a physical PS4 game disc on a PS5, simply insert the PS4 game disc into the PS5 console. You may be prompted to download an update.

Can I play Miles Morales without playing Spider-Man? ›

A: You don't have to, but there are some connections between the games. I hadn't played Spiderman before getting this edition and I went straight into original Spiderman then Miles Morales. It does help because I think Miles game is slightly harder than Spiderman.

Will Spider-Man remastered be free? ›

You can go to NexusMods and get the mod for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered for free. It is very impressive to find a mod release so quickly with such excellence, and it is probably the first of many.

Is GTA free on PS5? ›

PS5 players should already be aware that GTA Online is available for free on the platform.

Is God of War free on PS5? ›

Sony is marking the launch of its revised PlayStation Plus by giving away one of its best-known games. The company has revealed that its free PS Plus games for June will include 2018's God of War — you won't need a PlayStation 5 just to play Kratos' father-and-son adventure at no extra charge.

Can I play PS5 online for free? ›

A PlayStation Plus tier is a requirement for PS4 and PS5 gamers to play each other online. Only some free-to-play games are exempt - the vast majority will only give you access to online multiplayer if you have an active PS Plus subscription.

Is PUBG free on PS5? ›

Yes, since Pubg is a Cross-Platform, you can play it with Ps5 players even if you are playing it on Ps4. The power of allowing this feature is in the hands of game developers. They can enable or disable it anytime they want. Also, you can play this game for free on many platforms including Ps4 and Ps5.

Is GTA 5 still free? ›

However, GTA Online is not a free to play game. Generally speaking, you need to buy either Grand Theft Auto 5, or the newly available standalone and cheaper GTA Online on its own in order to get access.

Do PS4 games work on PS5? ›

You can transfer digital games and game data from a PS4 console to a PS5 console using WiFi data transfer. You can access PS4 games and game data on a PS5 console directly from a compatible USB storage drive that you may already be using with a PS4 console.

How much is GTA 5 right now? ›

With all this, one thing is for sure, its popularity is not dying until the next title is released. PS4 players who still have not played this game can buy the premium edition for $29.99 and Xbox One players can get the same version for $14.99 right now.

Should I get PS+? ›

PS4 and PS5 owners who want the absolute most bang for their bucks should subscribe to at least the Extra tier of PS Plus. It's still a wealth of great games to play at a reasonable monthly price.

Can you get PS Plus for free? ›

You need a credit/debit card or PayPal account registered to your account for PlayStation Network to sign up for and access a free trial offer. The required payment method may vary by country. Each person is eligible for only one free trial unless otherwise communicated.

Do you get free games with PS Plus? ›

Sony has revealed the free games line-up for PS Plus in October 2022. Here's what's being added, and when: Hot Wheels Unleashed | PS4, PS5 – October 4. Superhot | PS4 – October 4.

How much is PlayStation now? ›

Current subscribers to PS Now saw their subscriptions automatically convert to the Premium tier when the new PS Plus went into effect. Premium also has time-limited game trials that let you play the game for two hours before deciding to buy it. The Premium tier costs $18 a month or $120 per year.

How Much Is PS Plus? ›

$14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly. £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly. AU $18.95 monthly / AU $54.95 quarterly / AU $134.95 yearly.

Do u need PS Plus for Minecraft? ›

To be able to play Minecraft on the PlayStation, you will need to buy and acquire PS Plus. Some free-to-play games are separated from the dependency of PS Plus, however, Minecraft is not one of them. Even if you pay the game $30 or buy a CD for PlayStation 4, you will still need to acquire PS Plus.

How many GB is fortnite PS4? ›

Fortnite is creating a 'metaverse for KIDS' to rival Mark Zuckerberg's. Minimum PC requirements include i3 2.5 GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD 4000 or higher. On an Xbox One, the size will be about 16.8GB while it should take up roughly 7.5GB on a PS4.

Can u play PUBG on ps3? ›

PUBG on the Xbox 360 and PS3 (Gameplay) - YouTube

Do I need PS Plus for PUBG? ›

Do you need Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus to play PUBG? You do not need an Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription to play PUBG. This means that console players can enjoy the battle royale title without having to purchase additional services.

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