PSA: Next Week, You’ll Be Able To Claim A Bunch Of Free PlayStation Games

PSA: Next Week, You’ll Be Able To Claim A Bunch Of Free PlayStation Games
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Earlier this month, Sony revived last year’s Play At Home initiative, a program designed to provide free games to PlayStation players in the hopes of promoting social distancing. Next week, Sony will expand the initiative by offering a whole bunch of games.

Starting on March 25, you’ll be able to add the following PS4 games to your library:

  • The Witness
  • Abzû
  • Subnautica
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Rez Infinite

Sony will also make four VR games available:

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Moss
  • Thumper
  • Paper Beast

You’ll be able to claim those nine games though April 22. A bit down the line, between April 19 and May 14, you’ll also be able to claim Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition, which includes the terrific Frozen Wilds expansion on top of the main game (plus some bonus weapons, in-game resources, and tiny add-ons of that nature).

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As with the “free” games included with PS Plus, once you claim a game and add it to your library, it’s yours to keep for good. The difference here is that you needn’t pay up a membership fee.

Play At Home is underwritten by simple logic: The easiest way to defeat covid-19 is for people to practice social distancing. Staying home is a more compelling prospect when you have a stacked backlog. Thus, free games. Last year, Sony put up Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. According to The Washington Post, the latter was downloaded 10 million times. Earlier this month, Sony made the actually-pretty-good 2016 remake of Ratchet & Clank available. (That’s still up for grabs through March 31.)

This latest version of Play At Home will run through June.

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  • Ugh. Just do Sony Playstation game pass already. If the entire PS+ ‘free game’ back-catalogue were made available at once, it’d actually come reasonably close to rivalling Microsoft’s oustanding offering.

    • I’m not sure Sony can afford to do anything close to what Microsoft is doing with game pass. That said, do they need to? Keep churning out those hit exclusives and we will have to keep buying their consoles.

      I guess the problem is that for every other game people like myself will be playing it on the xbox or PC

      • Pretty sure they could it, the model isn’t that all that different to their current PS+ and exclusive deals.
        Plus they have the added bonus of a large player base and extensive alternatives to cash funding, granted they don’t have the level of infrastructure that MS has behind the scenes.
        I think the biggest barrier at the moment is PS+ has a solid customer base and a pretty high level of satisfaction, I imagine they will be watching to see how Gamepass goes in the future before shooting the golden goose.

    • I’m all for that but I even think anyone could pull of the entire PS+ catalogue in one go, I’m fairly sure most of them would require brand new contracts.
      You could bet the service would have the current PS4 classics on there but we already have access to that with PS+
      (On PS5 at least)

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