All the Free Games You Can Download Right Now
Everyone loves free stuff. Whether you do your gaming on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC, you can generally find some free games to download–though for the consoles you usually need a subscription service to grab ’em. (Switch owners can play retro games at no extra cost if they subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online). The only problem is, it can be tough to keep track of what free games are available at any given time.We thought we’d make it easy on you. Whenever there’s a free game to download at one of the major online storefronts, we’ll highlight it below. All you have to do is check back often to make sure you get the free games you so richly deserve.
Free PlayStation Games
As part of Sony’s Play At Home initiative, everyone (even those without PS Plus) can grab a copy of the PS4 game Ratchet & Clank for free. It’s yours to keep, as long as you add it to your library before March 31. Also available through April 22 are a whole batch of other games, some of which require a PSVR headset to play.
Free PlayStation Plus Games April 2021
Each month PlayStation Plus subscribers get a batch of new games they can keep and play for as long as they’re a PS Plus member (see it on Amazon). The only catch is that you have to add the games to your account each month, or you’ll lose out on the opportunity. See above for this month’s selection of freebies for PS4 and PS5 owners.
Free PC Games
Anyone with a gaming PC has the best chance to score free games. I don’t know why, but PC games get handed out like candy. Not that I’m complaining.
Free at Epic Games Store
For years and years, Steam seemed unstoppable. It was the storefront for PC games. How could any company possibly compete with such an entrenched powerhouse? Turns out the answer is: by offering tons of high-quality games for free.
Anyone with an Epic Games Store account can download at least one free game each week from the online retailer. It’s a heck of a perk, and one you should take advantage of on a weekly basis if you like free games. And who doesn’t?
Other Free PC Games
Epic Games Store isn’t the only online game distributor in the “giving away PC games”… er, game. Above is a list of others you can snag if you haven’t yet.
Free Xbox Games with Gold
Anyone who wants to save money should check out our rundown on how to get a cheap Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member (or if you have Game Pass Ultimate, which includes Xbox Live Gold), you get free games each month you can download and play for as long as you’re a member. This month’s selection is listed above. But, like the free games with PS Plus, you have to add them to your account the month they’re available, or you’ll miss the opportunity to have those games.
Free Games with Nintendo Switch Online
Free Switch games are harder to come by. In fact, they almost never happen, unless you count the NES and SNES games Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have access to. That said, no really exciting games have been added in a while, so it’s not as compelling as the similar services for PlayStation and Xbox. That said, NSO costs less, so at least that’s something.
Free Games from Amazon Prime Gaming
Amazon Prime members get a batch of free PC games each month. Granted, you need to sign up for Prime, which costs money, but if you’re already a member for the free shipping or Prime Video, you might as well take advantage of the free games each month.
In addition to free PC games each month, Prime members also get in-game items in all kinds of titles, ranging from Destiny 2 and League of Legends to Red Dead Online and Star Wars Squadrons.
Unless you’re really into indie titles, t’s probably not worth signing up for Prime just to get the free games. Prime’s free PC games don’t tend to be as big or well-known as the ones Epic Games Store doles out for free. But if you’re already a Prime member for the many other benefits, there’s no reason not to take a look at what’s on offer each month.
If you don’t have a gaming PC, or you also have a console, you can check out our best PlayStation deals, best Xbox deals, and best Nintendo Switch deals as well. We keep those articles updated with all the best deals on games, consoles, accessories, and more.
Chris Reed is a commerce editor and deals expert at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.