All free games for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch right now
Gambling can be an expensive hobby, but it certainly isn’t these days. While new games can cost upwards of $70, there are always ways to check out games you haven’t played for cheap – or for nothing at all. Completely free games appear every week thanks to the Epic Games Store, and with the help of user-friendly subscription services, there are literally hundreds of games that offer benefits with services on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC. We’ve rounded up all the free (or free with subscriptions) games you can play right now. We will continue to update this list weekly.
Our list of free games focuses on full-featured experiences you can play without the pressure of microtransactions, so you won’t find popular free games like Fortnite, Warzone, or Apex Legends here. We also do not include free games such as Destiny 2 or Hitman 2’s Starter Pack. But if you’re looking for free games, we’ve got lists rounding up the best options on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Free pc games
When it comes to free games, PC gamers tend to have a lot more options than console gamers. There are always new freebies up for grabs for PC. It’s quite common for really great games to be offered for free for a limited time. In addition to temporarily free games, PC storefronts are filled with completely free experiences that you can play from start to finish without the pressure of microtransactions.
Free Games Epic Games Store
The Epic Games Store is leading the way in terms of popular and big budget free games. Over the past few years, Epic has given away hundreds of free games, including AAA blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V, Control, and Civilization VI. At least one free game is available on Epic every week, but it’s often two free games. Here is the free game currently available on Epic.
- Terraforming Mars (May 5-12)
Next week (May 12-19)
- Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Amazon Prime Free Games
One of the perks of an Amazon Prime membership is free PC games. Subscribers can claim a handful of free games through Prime Gaming, and they’re yours even if your subscription expires. Prime members also get free game content for popular multiplayer games every month. Here’s a list of May’s free games for Amazon Prime members.
- Dead space 2
- The Curse of Monkey Island
- Mail Mole + ‘Xpress Deliveries
- cat quest
- Shattered – Tale of the Forgotten King
Free Steam Games
Well-known games aren’t regularly discounted to zero dollars on Steam, but there are still hundreds of freebies to discover without spending a dime. It would be next to impossible to list all of the free Steam games here, so we’ve chosen to mainly highlight recent releases as well as games from popular and classic franchises. If you’re looking for even more free games on Steam, check out this page and focus on titles marked as “Free” instead of “Free to Play”.
Free games on GOG
CD Projekt Red’s PC storefront, GOG, offers a collection of free games, many of which are classic PC shooters and role-playing games. Here are some of the highlights:
- Under a steel sky
- Shadow Warrior Classic completed
- Ultima 4: Avatar Quest
- wind of war
Free games on Itch.io
Itch.io is a great showcase for indie developers. There are thousands of free games on Itch.io as well as games with a pay-what-you-can payment model. Plus, you’ll find some really interesting and experimental indies. It’s always fun to dig around the storefront for hidden gems.
PC game pass
If you’re looking for a way to play tons of different PC games on the cheap, PC Game Pass is the way to go. There are hundreds of PC games on Game Pass, including Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have a full list of PC Game Pass games that we update whenever games are added and removed. PC Game Pass costs $10 per month, but new subscribers can get their first month for just a dollar. It’s worth noting that PC Game Pass is included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($15 per month).
Free PlayStation Games
Free games on PS5 and PS4 that aren’t tied to PlayStation Plus are rare, but sometimes a publisher gives away a full game for free. For now, check out all the free PS Plus games available right now. It should be noted that PS Plus will expand in June. Sony is ditching its PlayStation Now service in favor of a three-tier PlayStation Plus plan that will include up to 700 games.
PS Plus Free Games – May 2022
The May lineup of free PS Plus games just went live this week, so subscribers have a trio of new freebies to try out this weekend.
- FIFA 22
- Tribes of Midgard
- Curse of the Dead Gods
PS Plus collection
PlayStation 5 owners can also claim a bunch of PS4 achievements for free with a PS Plus subscription. Remember that you can play PS Plus Collection titles on PS4, but only after claim them on PS5.
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- battlefield 1
- transmitted by blood
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie’s Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Days gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- God of the war
- Infamous second son
- monster hunter world
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until dawn
More Free PlayStation Games
In addition to PS Plus freebies, there are other PS4 and PS5 games you can get for free. For example, when you get a PlayStation 5, you get one of the best PS5 games for free as a pack-in title: Astro’s Playroom.
Free Xbox Games
In terms of console games, Xbox users have the most options when it comes to free games with subscription, and you can also play a bunch of new games, including all first-party titles, without buying any games. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is arguably the best gaming deal today, and it includes hundreds of games. Microsoft offers a fresh selection of new games and drops a batch of titles every month. We’re not going to list every Xbox game you can play for free with Game Pass, but if you want to see the entire library, check out our list of all Xbox Game Pass games. Since there’s plenty to choose from, you should also take a look at our roundup of the best Xbox Game Pass games.
Game Pass Ultimate subscribers also get access to the Games with Gold range each month. Users who only have an Xbox Live Gold subscription can also grab four games each month.
Xbox Live Gold Free Games – May 2022
- Yoku’s Island Express (May 1-31)
- The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (May 16-June 15)
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane (May 1-15)
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals (May 16-31)
- Hue (available until May 15)
More free Xbox games
Xbox Series X and Xbox One owners can also access a myriad of other free games from the Xbox Store. Many of these games are older titles that are backward compatible.
Free Nintendo Switch Games
The most notable free Nintendo Switch games require a Nintendo Switch Online membership, which costs $20 per year for an individual membership or $35 per year for a family membership. You can share the Family Membership with up to seven other Switch owners, so it’s a great deal. A Switch Online subscription grants access to a library of classic SNES and NES games.
If you upgrade to Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you also get a growing library of Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games. Switch Online + Expansion Pack costs $50/year for individuals and $80/year for families. Expansion pack subscribers also get big DLC for three Switch exclusives: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pack, Animal Crossing Happy Home Paradise, and Splatoon 2’s Octo Campaign.
Switch Online subscribers also get access to Tetris 99 and Pac-Man 99, fast-paced battle royales based on two all-time classics.
Editor’s note: Article updated on May 5, 2022