PS Plus members will receive Steep, Portal Knights, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Amplitude, Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion, and Super Mutant Alien Assault. Xbox Live Gold members will get Celeste, WRC 6, Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, and Far Cry 2.
It's almost January. That means for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members, it's almost time for another batch of free games.
Like usual, PS Plus members will get six games for free next month. The lineup, which Sony announced today, includes extreme sports game Steep and survival role-playing game Portal Knights on PS4, third-person shooter Zone of the Enders HD Collection and musical title Amplitude on PS3, as well as action RPG Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion and shooting game Super Mutant Alien Assault on PS Vita. All six games will be available from Jan. 1 through Feb. 5.
New members can get a 14-day trial of PS Plus for free. After that, the service will set you back $10 a month, $25 for three months, or $60 for one year. Along with free games every month, members get access to online multiplayer on PS4 and exclusive discounts at the PlayStation Store.
Keep in mind that starting in March 2019, the PS Plus monthly games lineup will no longer include PS3 and PS Vita titles. The change won't affect any games you've already downloaded, or will download before March 8, 2019—they will stay in your library as long as you remain a member.
Meanwhile, Xbox Live Gold members will get four games for free in January. The list includes platformer Celeste and racing game WRC 6 on Xbox One, plus action-adventure title Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and first-person shooter Far Cry 2 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
In terms of timing, Celeste will be available during the entire month of January while Lara Croft: Guardian of Light will only be available from the start of the month until Jan. 15. WRC 6 and Far Cry 2 will both be free to download starting Jan. 16. You'll need to grab the latter before Jan. 31 while the former will be free for members until Feb. 15.
In the meantime, gamers can still snag some freebies from this month's Games With Gold and PS Plus lineups.
Games with Gold launched in the summer of 2013, offering free games every month to those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which normally costs $10 a month, $25 for three months, or $60 annually. Microsoft is currently offering a sweet Xbox Live Gold deal for new subscribers: one month for just $1. Besides the free games, a subscription gets you multiplayer capabilities and some exclusive discounts in the Xbox Store.