At any given time, there might be some sort of free game or free-play promotion going on, but right now it feels like there’s an inordinate number of these happening at the same time. Specifics vary by platform and what memberships you have, but if you’ve got some time this weekend, there’s likely something you can check out (or acquire permanently) for free.
Those with a PS4 can play the full versions of Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch (with some restrictions, like no access to Competitive Play) if they have a PS Plus subscription. Siege’s free-play event runs until February 18, while Overwatch’s continues through February 19 (and provides access to the ongoing Year of the Dog event). The Metal Gear Survive beta is also now underway just before the game’s launch and ends on February 18. PS Plus members also received some free bonuses this week, including a Fortnite item pack, a Gems of War booster pack, and the newly released Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition (as long as you claimed the original version of the game when it was previously offered through Plus).
Over on Xbox One, many of those same events are happening. Both Rainbow Six Siege and NBA 2K18 are playable for free through February 18–and, unusually, doing so doesn’t require an Xbox Live Gold membership. You will, however, need to be a Gold member to try out Overwatch. The Metal Gear Survive beta is also now active. Meanwhile, the latest batch of free Games With Gold titles are now available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a limited time.
PC has maybe the best lineup of the three platforms. Siege and Overwatch are playable for everyone without any memberships, and the Metal Gear Survive beta is live on Steam, unlike the previous, console-only test. GOG is giving away a free game (Dungeons 2) right now, and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, the newest Twitch Prime game is now available (Civilization IV: Complete Edition); both of these are yours to keep as long as you claim them in time.
If you’re looking to actually spend some money, the weekly PS4 sale and Xbox One sale are ongoing, and all of Sony’s recent platforms are in the midst of a just-launched PSN flash sale. On PC, Valve has kicked off Steam’s Lunar New Year sale, while GOG’s Chinese New Year sale is still happening.