PlayStation 4 users can claim two free games starting tomorrow

Cal Jeffrey

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Now, for the first time, Sony is giving away two games to everyone regardless of whether or not they are PlayStation Plus subscribers. Starting on Wednesday, April 15, the company is rolling out its Play at Home initiative.

"During these days of physical distancing, fans have turned to gaming for moments of respite and enjoyment," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said in a blog post. "As a thank you to all who are doing their part to lessen the impact of this pandemic, Sony Interactive Entertainment is pleased to announce the Play At Home initiative."

The program has two parts.

The first, as mentioned, are two free games to all PlayStation 4 owners. Technically, it's four since one of the freebies is the Nathan Drake Collection, which consists of the first three adventures of Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise remastered for the PlayStation 4. The other title is Journey from Thatgamecompany. Users in Germany and China have a slightly different offer and will get Knack 2 in place of the Nathan Drake Collection.

The second part of the program is a relief fund for independent studios that may be struggling financially during the US economic shutdown. Sony has committed $10 million to help indie developers continue to produce content for the PS4. Ryan did not have details on how to apply or qualifications for using the fund but said they would have more information "soon."

The free games are only available for a limited time. Make sure that if you don't already have them, you claim them between April 15 and May 5 in the PlayStation Store. Once redeemed, they are yours to keep forever, unlike PS Plus freebies, which can only be played if your subscription is current.

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Great games!
but very, very, very, very old.
Still, if there is any PS user who haven't play them yet it is the best time to make up for that mistake.
My Question is why don't they do the same with the old Arcade games they have loaded. To pay 109rand for a classic game is a bit much.
They gave these away via ps+ years ago right?
Journey was given away early in the PS4 life cycle. Nathan Drake collection was given away in January 2020. Both are PS3 games.

Call me cynical, but this seems like an effort to encourage families stuck at home to buy a PS4. A loss leader of two free games acting as an enticement to new customers.

It does nothing for their existing core users.
Therefore, I don't think Sony deserves praise for this.
Don't really like this as Journey was free for PS Plus a while ago and my PS4 (which I bought 5 years ago) came with the Nathan Drake collection. Hope they do games that have never been offered before.