So, you’ve got yourself a PS5 and are now wondering what games to play. The good news is, you don’t have to buy any to have fun.
There are numerous free games to play on PS5. And when you factor in those available on PS4 thanks to backwards compatibility, you’re spoilt for choice. But what are the best free games on PS5? If you’re wondering that, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve assembled a short list of the best free games you can play on PS5. Take a look, and you might just find something to have many hours of fun with at no additional cost. And of course, we’ll update the list over time to include all of the latest free games. We’re pretty sure that in no time at all there’ll be something for everyone.
This list was first published in April 2021.
One of the PS5’s very best free games is sitting right on your hard drive as soon as you set it up. Its name is Astro’s Playroom.
Essentially a showcase of what the DualSense controller can do, Astro’s Playroom is a 3D platformer that has simply no right to be as good as it is. It contains four beautifully dense worlds for you to explore, each one themed around a specific PlayStation console. Each world has unique mechanics for you to master too; you’re able to climb like a monkey, jump like a frog, and even fly a small spaceship. All the while, you feel the pitter-pattering of feet in the DualSense controller and a whole lot more.
Honestly, if you have a PS5, don’t overlook Astro’s Playroom. It truly is one of the best free games on PS5. Heck, it’s one of the best games on PS5 full stop. Its only downside is that you’ll have probably completed it in around three hours or so and will be left totally wanting more.
Path of Exile
If you love action RPGs such as Diablo, you can play the excellent Path of Exile without paying a penny.
Originally released on PC in 2013, it took a while for Path of Exile to make its way to PS4. And thanks to backwards compatibility, that means you can also play it on PS5. After choosing a class and creating your character, you’re free to explore a world that has just grown and grown over the years thanks to multiple free expansions. Needless to say, Path of Exile is just so deep you can lose yourself for hundreds of hours in it. You don’t have to play alone, either – why not team up with a friend and battle all kinds of monsters and ruffians with a friend while seeking out the best loot?
There’s no doubt about it, Path of Exile is one of the best free games you can play on PS5 right now. A sequel is on its way too, though it might be a few years before that becomes available on console.
A fairly new game, Genshin Impact has taken the world by storm. Being one of the best games you can play for free right now, on PS5 or otherwise, it’s easy to see why.
A huge action RPG, after choosing a character, you’re let loose in a colourful world in search of your lost sibling. Unsurprisingly there’s a lot to do along the way, including fighting a whole host of monsters standing in your path. Though thanks to the game’s RPG elements you’ll likely want to fight – how else are you going to develop your stats and obtain new abilities?
It’s rare that a free-to-play game feels so polished and engrossing as Genshin Impact does – once you’ve started playing, you’ll struggle to pull yourself away. While it’s perfectly playable solo, it’s no doubt best enjoyed with a friend or two by your side. And thanks to cross-play, not everyone has to be playing on the same format, either. Currently playable on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility, a native PS5 version of Genshin Impact is arriving soon. So, why not give it try right now? If you get sucked in, you’ll be able to carry over your progress to the PS5 version when it launches.
Call of Duty: Warzone
If you like the Call of Duty series simply for its multiplayer action, you need to download its free battle royale mode, Warzone.
Supporting up to 200 players, Call of Duty: Warzone is an intense battle for survival. Numerous game modes are featured, but the staples are Battle Royale and Plunder, the latter of which tasks players with finding stacks of cash scattered around the map. Limited time modes are introduced frequently, and so are new ways to play. Generally you’ll be playing as part of a small squad, for example, but the option to go solo was introduced after the game’s launch.
With two huge maps to battle it out on, no two games of Call of Duty: Warzone are alike. And that’s what’s so special about it – it’s unpredictable. It’s also kept interesting by regular content updates and gameplay tweaks. If you really get into Call of Duty: Warzone you might be tempted to buy Battle Passes to get the most out of it, but you don’t need to buy them to play. And so because of that, it’s definitely one of the best free games on PS5.
Surely everyone knows about Fortnite, right? It’s perhaps the biggest game in the world right now. And so of course, being free, we need to have it on our list of the best free games available on PS5.
A battle royale game, Fortnite plops 100 players on a giant map and makes them battle it out until only one is left standing. That is unless its a duos, trios or squads match – in that case it’s all about eliminating the other teams. What separates Fortnite from other battle royale games is its construction element – players can build a whole host of structures to give themselves an advantage or simply take cover from incoming fire.
Like other battle royale games, those who get into Fortnite can spend money on it if they wish. Battle Passes, for example, are released regularly, offering up rewards for those who meet objectives. You can play and very much enjoy it without spending anything, however, and, being enhanced for PS5, it looks and plays great. Why not give it a try the next time you have an hour or so free?