Whatoplay presents FREE PlayStation 5 games you can play on your console right now! Just a heads up, this is not a ranked list. Most free PS4 games are playable on the PS5 but the titles listed here have official releases on the new console.
The Medal of Honor game we never knew we needed. This squad-based first-person MMO shooter from Gaijin takes us into the pivotal moments of World War II. It recreates the era’s weapons, vehicles, and atmosphere to an accurate extent. Become a commander and lead your squad into war-torn lands in epic battles grounded in realism. The game is optimized for Sony’s latest console, boasting insane visual display and seamless loading times. It’s still in its Beta phase, so you might want to check it out if you’re into these kinds of games.
The closest thing PlayStation 5 players can experience a hero-shooter like Valorant. Hi-Rez’s free-to-play model fits perfectly in this genre. Select from a wide variety of Rogues, each with their unique abilities that can shift the tide of its 4 versus 4 battles. It’s pretty much like their previous game, Paladins, but with a less cartoony aesthetic and a more serious vibe. PS5 players will be able to choose between two graphical modes: one that targets 60 fps "with improved visuals" and another that targets an extra-smooth 120 fps, so don’t worry about performance. In addition to that, save transfers will keep your progress safe and cross-play ready.
It’s time to get in the robot in this action-packed mecha game from Bandai Namco. Blast through the enemy’s defenses with your massive machine in intense 6 versus 6 land combat. This PlayStation 5 packs a huge upgrade, including sleek DualSense support. Load times, like most new-gen titl ces, are also considerably faster compared to their old-gen counterpart. As a free-to-play model, it still relies heavily on microtransactions, especially with its gacha-based elements. Nonetheless, it’s an ever-evolving game with more seasonal events and content drops in the future.
4. Destiny 2
If Warframe has space-ninjas, Bungie’s award-winning first-person shooter takes the ‘space cowboys’ moniker. Over the years, this science-fiction epic has proven itself as the strongest looter-shooter in the market. This new-gen upgrade is mostly focused on its performance. Players can experience smooth loading times, especially when jumping from planet to planet. 2’s massive roadmap has only just begun with Beyond Light taking players into the frozen frontiers of the planet Europa. Its two major expansions, The Witch Queen and Lightfall, will come out next year.
The space-ninjas are getting the next-gen treatment as well. Digital Extremes' long-running looter shooter is jumping from one console generation to another. This PlayStation 5 upgrade takes our space-faring adventures into new-gen territory with improved rendering and technologies. Expect the game to run at smooth 4K with 60 frames-per-second and minimal loading times. With cross-play support, you don’t have to worry about playing it on one system. So flex those expensive Warframes for all to see.
6. War Thunder
Also making its way to the PlayStation 5 is this combat multiplayer game from Russian Studio Gaijin. Recreating the scenes of World War II, the game's best feature is its dizzying array of army artillery. War Thunder covers all of land, sea, and air. Players will get to pick their battles--whether it’s explosive tank faceoffs, dogfights, or salt-licked naval combat. In its varying game modes, it balances the scale between arcade enjoyment and historical accuracy--gradually upping the punishment for veteran warmongers. While this PlayStation 5 upgrade doesn’t introduce anything new on the battlefield, the loading times are faster, all thanks to the PS5 hardware.
Built in-house to suit the latest console’s capabilities, the Astro series has always been a free tech demo for PlayStation owners. Asto’s Playroom is the first game you should always try when you’re booting up your PS5. This adorable platforming adventure takes you into the shoes of Astro as he goes on a journey to solve puzzles using the PS5’s multiple functions. This includes motion controls, their DualSense haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and so much more.
Who hasn’t heard of Fortnite? It’s only like... the biggest game in the world right now. This videogame phenomenon has taken the world by storm. What was once a simple tower-defense builder has transformed itself into Epic Games’ #1 money-making machine with its live-service Battle Royale. This next-gen upgrade dazzles new and old players with a whopping 120 frames per second. Now getting that Victory Royale has that new-gen feel.
Psyonix’s rocket-powered soccer game recently changed its business model to be completely free to play. Start your engines and go toe to toe with other players in insane vehicular mayhem. Climb the big leagues and prove your worth in its seasonal updates. It wasn’t originally going for a PS5 release, but a native port coming soon can let you play the game in blazing 120 frames-per-second. While you can only play the old-gen equivalent right now, it’s only a matter of time before we get our hands on that upgrade.
10. Genshin Impact
A more recent upgrade for the PlayStation 5. MiHoyo’s award-winning open-world action RPG looks phenomenal on Sony’s latest console. With 60FPS support and improved loading times, there’s no reason for us not to opt for this improvement… unless you can’t find a PS5 right now. The game has a breadth of new content ever since it debuted last year. It’s perfect for players who want to explore its lush green fields and grind for new characters while praying to RNG-sus for those god rolls. Its gacha system may be intimidating, but underneath its layers of microtransactions is a truly fun game.