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How to get a free game when you buy a PS5

Published Sep 25th, 2023 4:23PM EDT
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Over the weekend, Sony announced a limited-time promotion that will allow new PS5 owners to choose a free game of their choice when they activate their console. From now until October 20 at 11:59 PM PDT, anyone who buys a PlayStation 5 in the U.S. is eligible for the offer. The offer is limited to one game per user and can’t be combined with any other promotions.

How to get a free game with a new PS5

According to a page on the PlayStation website, here are the steps you need to follow to redeem your free game after you buy a PS5:

  • Buy and activate a new PlayStation 5 console
  • Navigate to the PlayStation Store on your console
  • Click on the banner with the offer to reach the Games Page of eligible games
  • Select a game to download for free and click Download

There are twelve games to choose from, many of which are exclusive to the PS5. Here’s the full list of eligible games you can download for free on your new PS5:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered
  • God of War Ragnarök
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Demon’s Souls
  • The Last of Us Part I
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Returnal
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut

You really can’t go wrong with any of these titles, in my opinion, but I would probably grab God of War Ragnarök if I were buying a PS5 in the next few weeks. It’s the only game on the list I’ve yet to play, and the God of War reboot was my third favorite game of 2018. It’s massive, has a 94 on Metacritic, and will keep you occupied until the avalanche of game releases in October.

Both of Insomniac’s Spider-Man games would be perfect additions as well. I am partial to Miles Morales, as it feels more streamlined and fast-paced than the original, but they’re two of the best games on PS5 either way. Plus, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 comes out on October 20 — the day this offer ends — so you can catch up on the story before the sequel arrives.

My other top picks would be Ghost of Tsushima, Returnal, and the big Uncharted collection. Just keep in mind that this offer ends in less than a month, so if you are planning on picking up a PS5 soon, be sure to snag your free game while you still can.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.