These are the best free PS4 games available in 2020

Your one-stop shop for a round-up of the best free games on PlayStation 4.
Best Free PS4 games available

Even though a price has yet to be announced, many gamers around the world are putting aside money to buy a next-gen PlayStation 5 and/or Xbox Series X console. It’s this initial cost of hardware, coupled with a compatible 4K TV, that can make the cost of new games more expensive.

Cue the entry of free games that let you offset that initial outlay expense with zero-cost play. Let’s take a closer look at the best ways to play a little on PlayStation 4 without paying a lot.

Looking for more freebies? Check out our comprehensive guide to finding free PC games.

How to get free PS4 games

When it comes to the best free PlayStation 4 games, these are your freebie options:

  • PlayStation Store free-to-play games
  • PlayStation Store demos
  • PlayStation Plus subscription
  • PlayStation 4 trial weekends

The best free-to-play PlayStation games

There are 30-odd free-to-play games on the PlayStation Store across a number of genres. And here’s our pick of the 10 best free-to-play games on PlayStation 4:

  • Blacklight: Retribution
  • Brawlhalla
  • Crossout
  • Dreadnought
  • Dungeon Defenders II
  • Fortnite
  • Paladins
  • PlanetSide 2
  • War Thunder
  • Warframe

The best free PlayStation Store demos

There are around 150 free demos you can download from the PlayStation Store today. And here’s our pick of the 10 best PlayStation 4 demos you should take for a spin:

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  • Paper Beast
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Torchlight II
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Moving Out
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

The best free PlayStation Plus games

To play online multiplayer on PlayStation 4, you need a PlayStation Plus subscription. PS Plus also includes a rotating roster of monthly games that are yours to keep in your PlayStation 4 games library as long as you add them during the relevant month and stay subscribed to PS Plus.

At the time of writing, the two monthly games were Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. In 2020, there have already been close to two dozen games for PlayStation Plus, including our best picks of the top 10 free PlayStation Plus games:

  • BioShock: The Collection
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Goat Simulator
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Sonic Forces
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

The best free PlayStation Plus free trials

Outside of Sony offering occasional free multiplayer weekends without having to have an active PlayStation Plus subscription, third-party publishers also offer free trial periods for particular games. Free trial weekends come and go (either for full-release games or as part of pre-release trials), but here’s our list of the 10 best free trial weekends on PlayStation 4 in recent times (which, fingers crossed, may come up again):

  • Predator: Hunting Grounds
  • Battlefield V
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Borderlands 3
  • Disintegration
  • For Honor
  • Street Fighter V
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • The Elder Scrolls Online