These are the best free Xbox One games available in 2020

Your one-stop shop for a round-up of the best free games on Xbox One.
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Whether you’re buying current-gen systems, or saving up your pennies for the likely expensive next-gen PlayStation 5 and/or Xbox Series X consoles, the biggest cost of gaming is the initial outlay for the requisite hardware to play them on. If it’s not the console itself, then it’s the cost of a 4K TV to play them on.

But what doesn’t have to cost a lot is the gaming side of things. Instead of spending upwards of $100 for every new game, there are a number of ways that you can pay a little to get a lot, or pay nothing at all to play some of the best Xbox One games that are absolutely still worth your time.

How to get free Xbox One games

When it comes to downloading the best free Xbox One games, these are your five freebie options:

  • Xbox Store free-to-play games
  • Xbox Store demos
  • Xbox Live Games with Gold subscription
  • Xbox Game Pass subscription
  • Xbox One trial weekends

Best Xbox Store free games

There are just shy of 80 popular free-to-play games on the Xbox Store, which are spread across games made for Xbox One and backwards-compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles. Here’s our pick of the 10 best free-to-play Xbox One games you can download right now:

  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • Apex Legends
  • War Thunder
  • Too Human
  • Warframe
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Path of Exile
  • Killer Instinct
  • Crackdown

Best Xbox Store free demos

There are close to 100 free demos you can download and play from the Xbox Store today. Here’s our pick of the top 10 best Xbox One demos:

  • Destroy All Humans
  • Desperados III
  • Hellheim Hassle
  • Asterix & Obelix XXL
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War
  • Halo Wars 2

Best Xbox Live Games with Gold free games

Part of having an Xbox Live Gold subscription means access to a rotating roster of monthly games that are part of Games with Gold. You have to add them to your library each month to have access to them (as long as you stay subscribed). The majority of these titles are offered at a discounted price to buy outright (called “Deals with Gold”), but a handful of games are free with Games with Gold each month.

At the time of writing, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (original Xbox game) were free. So far, just shy of 20 games have been part of Games with Gold in 2020. Here’s our pick of the top 10 best free Xbox Live Games with Gold games:

    • Tom Clancy’s: The Division
    • Override: Mech City Brawl
    • Styx: Shards of Darkness
    • Batman: The Telltale Series
    • Call of Cthulu
    • Batman: The Enemy Within
    • Project Cars 2
    • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
    • Portal Knights
    • V-Rally 4
    • Dunk Lords

 

Best Xbox Game Pass free games

Xbox Game Pass is separate from Xbox Live, but can also be bundled as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate package. The core Xbox Game Pass subscription comes with a library of games for Xbox One consoles (and will work on Xbox Series X and Series S, too), while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also includes a rotating roster of games for Windows 10 PCs. It costs $10.95 for Xbox Game Pass or $15.95 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Now that Microsoft owns Bethesda, there are even more great games coming to Xbox Game Pass. At the time of writing, there were just shy of 250 games that you can download and play as part of an Xbox Game Pass subscription. Here’s our pick of the top 25 Xbox Game Pass games for Xbox One:

  • Alan Wake
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Battletoads
  • Carrion
  • Dead Cells
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Moving Out
  • My Friend Pedro
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Subnautica
  • Terraria
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Xbox One free trial games

Sometimes Microsoft and other game publishers offer trial weekends (or even longer trial periods) for games, which let you download and play the full version of a game during the trial period. While free trial periods tend to come and go, here’s our list of the best free recent trials on Xbox One (keep an eye to see if they come up again):

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Black Desert Online
  • Borderlands 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Gears 5
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Subnautica