PS5 PlayStation Plus Essential Games: The Complete List

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PS Plus
PS Plus

Since being introduced on the PlayStation 3, a few things have changed about PlayStation Plus, one of the biggest being that you no longer get Plus games for the PlayStation 3 itself. With PlayStation Plus coming to the PS5, though, we can look forward to a whole generation of “free” games that are included with the price of the subscription, depending on whether you’re subscribed to Essential, Premium, or Extra.

Check out all the free PS5 PlayStation Plus Essential games available over the years and months below.


PS5 PlayStation Plus Essential Games


November 2020Bugsnax*
December 2020Worms Rumble*
January 2021Maneater*
February 2021Destruction AllStars
March 2021Maquette*
April 2021Oddworld: Soulstorm*
May 2021Maneater*
June 2021 – Operation: Tango*
July 2021A Plague Tale: Innocence*
August 2021 – Hunter’s Arena Legends*
September 2021 – Overcooked: All You Can Eat*
October 2021 – Hell Let Loose
November 2021 – First Class Trouble*, Knockout City*
December 2021 – Godfall: Challenger Edition*
January 2022 – Deep Rock Galactic*, Dirt 5*
February 2022 – Planet Coaster*
March 2022Ghostrunner*, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends*
April 2022 – Hood: Outlaws & Legends*
May 2022FIFA 22*, Tribes of Midgard*
June 2022 – Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl*
July 2022 – Arcadegeddeon*, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time*
August 2022Yakuza: Like A Dragon*, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2*
September 2022Toem
October 2022Hot Wheels Unleashed*
November 2022Nioh 2*, Heavenly Bodies*
December 2022 Biomutant*, Divine Knockout*
January 2023Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order*, Axiom Verge 2*
February 2023 – Destiny 2: Beyond Light*, Evil Dead: The Game*, OlliOlli World*
March 2023: Battlefield 2042*
April 2023: Meet Your Maker*, Sackboy: A Big Adventure*, Tails of Iron*
May 2023: GRID Legends*, Chivalry 2*
June 2023:  Jurassic World Evolution 2*, NBA 2K23*, Trek to Yomi*
July 2023: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War*, Alan Wake Remastered*, Endling: Extinction is Forever*
August 2023: PGA Tour 2K23*, Death’s Door*
September 2023: Saints Row*

*also available on PS4

Bugsnax was the first PS5 PlayStation Plus game and launched as part of the service from day one. In fact, Sony have shown willingness to release new PS5 games for free as part of Plus from day one, which includes Oddworld, Maquette and Destruction AllStars.


PlayStation Plus Collection Games

God of War PS4
God of War

– 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
– Ratchet & Clank
– Resident Evil 7
– The Last Guardian
– The Last of Us Remastered
– Uncharted 4
– Until Dawn

The above games formed the PlayStation Plus Collection, PS4 games that were available to all PlayStation Plus subscribers on PS4 via backwards compatibility. They use Game Boost to provide greater performance on PS5.

However, the PS Plus Collection was made no longer available on May 9th, 2023 and as such you can no longer claim them.


Do I Keep These PlayStation Plus Games Forever?

Destruction AllStars
Destruction AllStars

You keep these games to play on PS5 as long as you are an active Plus subscriber, which, if you’re planning on using the PS5 to play games online, is kind of a requirement. The games will be locked if you cancel your subscription, but you can pick up where you left off if you reactivate your subscription at any time.

Unfortunately, the PlayStation Plus Collection of games will be removed by Sony on May 9th, though if players claim the games on offer, they’ll still keep them when the service ends. You’ve not got much time, so claim those games while you can.

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