Sony is offering PlayStation games for free to PS4 and PS5 owners during the months of March, April and May 2021.
As part of Sony’s “Play at home” initiative of 2021, PlayStation gamers are being treated to a library of indie, VR, and AAA games to play, free of charge. These titles will all be available for a limited time during the months of March, April, and May of 2021 in the PlayStation Store for download.
These games will be available to all PlayStation gamers, without the need for an active PS Plus subscription. Any Play At Home titles are completely free for all players, as was the case when Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was offered in the past.
Free PS Games for March 2021
The following games will be available for download from March 25, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT until April 22, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT.
PlayStation Indie Game Titles
- Enter the Gungeon
- Rez Infinite
- The Witness
PS VR Titles
- Astro Bot Rescue Mission
- Paper Beast
- Ratchet & Clank (Available from March 1, 2021 until March 31, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT)
Free PS Title For April 2021
For April, there is currently only one game announced for free. That will be Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which becomes free for all players between April 19, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT until May 15, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT.
Be sure to not miss the deadline for any of these games, and get them in your library before they’re gone. If you’re a PS VR owner, this may be a great time for you to stock up on quality titles for your hardware.
Sony has stated that they’ll have more to share soon, so perhaps that will be even more free titles for gamers to enjoy in the future. We’ll be sure to update when Sony makes an announcement.
Image Credits: Sony
Backbone introduces new PlayStation-themed mobile gaming controller
Backbone debuts a new PlayStation 5-themed mobile gaming controller to play your iPhone games on the go with controller support.
Backbone is extending their partnership with PlayStation to debut an PlayStation 5 DualSense themed version of the company’s popular mobile iPhone gaming controller.
Backbone announced the new controller as part of their extended licensing partnership with Sony PlayStation to include PlayStation buttons, colors, and logos on the controller. The new product is called the Backbone One – PlayStation® Edition and available at Backbone’s site.
Backbone has worked with PlayStation to support Remote Play through their mobile controllers, allowing players to play PlayStation titles on the go with a controller in hand. The Backbone One controller is available currently for iPhone only with an Android version expected this fall.
Backbone One Features
The new controller is built to fit right in with the PlayStation design and features it’s own app on iPhone to setup and download a variety of games.
The controller is highlighted with three key features for the product:
- An exquisite design: The elegant colors, materials, and finishes are all inspired by the design of the PS5 console’s DualSense wireless controller, including transparent face buttons and a visually distinctive floating appearance.
- Purpose-built for PS Remote Play: The latest version of PS Remote Play even lets you wake your PS4 or PS5 remotely, so you can play PlayStation games anywhere. The Backbone app will also feature special integrations with the PlayStation and PS Remote Play app that make the experience even more special, like a dedicated row with new releases and updates from PlayStation and the ability to automatically deep link you into the PlayStation app to install it onto your console remotely so you can play it later via PS Remote Play.
- An reimagined app: The biggest update to the app to date, the Backbone app will now allow users to navigate the Backbone app without the device connected via touch screen. Now it’s easier than ever to discover new games, watch highlights, or connect with friends. As soon as you’re ready to hit play again, simply connect your Backbone device and the app will automatically transition you back from Standalone Mode to Controller Mode.
Backbone One First Thoughts
Backbone sent a review unit for us to checkout, and we tested it out first with Call of Duty: Mobile. The controller is very easy to use, set up, and start playing. Players have to download the Backbone app on their iPhone to pair the controller and start playing.
And since Call of Duty: Mobile supports controllers, it worked great with the Backbone device. Call of Duty: Mobile brings the best of Call of Duty on the go, with recent numbers saying the title has over 500 million downloads.
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Using a controller makes the action feel even better and helps bring the experience to that of the console versions of the game.
You can play a variety of mobile games with the controller, so long as said-game as mobile controllers support. You can also play PlayStation Remote Play, letting you access some of your favorite PlayStation titles on the go (with good internet connection), and even play Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming titles with this controller, including Fortnite on the web.
The controller overall feels great, sturdy, and easy to hold – even when using with an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The joystick feels stable while traversing intense games, and the buttons have very similar feel to that of the PS5 Dualsense controller.
We look forward to using the controller more with other titles, even with PlayStation remote play on Call of Duty games, and later on when Warzone Mobile releases.
Learn more about Backbone products at Backbone’s site.
How to use Discord Voice chat on Xbox: Account linking & platforms
Discord Voice has finally arrived on Xbox, so here’s how to link your accounts and chat across console and PC.
Discord voice chat has finally arrived on Xbox, allowing PC and console players to chat together while cross-platform gaming. Here’s how the voice chat integration works across Discord and Xbox, and how to link your accounts.
Cross-platform gaming has become the norm, allowing PlayStation, Xbox, and PC players to join up and play together, no matter the platform. The only issue with this is that cross-platform gamers are often forced to use game chat, which can come with a number of issues.
Discord has become one of the most popular ways for PC players to meet up and chat with each other, and console players have been desperate to chat using Discord. Xbox players are in luck, as Microsoft has announced that Discord Voice chat has come to Xbox consoles.
You’ll need to link your Discord account with Xbox to start chatting, so here’s how to link accounts and use Discord Voice on Xbox.
How to link Xbox account with Discord
As confirmed by Microsoft on July 20, Discord Voice has arrived on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, with Xbox Insiders getting the update first. Then, the update will be available to everyone else “soon.”
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You’ll need to link your Xbox account with Discord to chat, so here’s how:
- Press the Xbox button on your controller
- Head to Parties & Chats
- Click on Try Discord Voice on Xbox
- Scan the QR code on the screen, which will take you to the Xbox and Discord apps
- Follow the instructions to link your Discord and Xbox accounts
- If you’ve already linked Xbox and Discord, you’ll have to re-link it
How to use Discord Voice on Xbox
Once your account’s linked, you’ll need to use the Discord and Xbox apps to transfer your voice chats from Discord to your Xbox console.
Here’s how to use Discord Voice on Xbox:
- Ensure you have both the Xbox and Discord mobile apps installed on your phone
- Use the Discord mobile app to join a channel like usual
- Hit the Join on Xbox button
- This will then launch the Xbox app, which will transfer your voice chat from Discord to your Xbox
Once connected, you’ll be able to see everyone who’s in the call and speaking, and “you’ll also be able to adjust the sound, and switch between Discord Voice and Xbox game chat.”
Discord also has a partnership with Sony and allows PlayStation players to show their gaming status on Discord, and players are desperate to Discord Voice chat as well.
Image Credit: Xbox / Discord
Is Sniper Elite 5 on Xbox Game Pass?
Rebellion Developments’ tactical shooter Sniper Elite 5 is now available to play, but is the game on Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s subscription service that offers a massive library of games to play, and you may be wondering if Sniper Elite 5 is available after its May 26 release.
Sniper Elite 5 is the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Sniper Elite 4 and players are eager to see the result of Rebellion Developments’ hard work. The third-person shooter boasts an excellent campaign that can be played cooperatively with another player, alongside other exciting modes that keep the game feeling fresh.
Sniper Release 5 is available to play as of May 26, but players are wondering if the new game can be found on Xbox Game Pass.
Is Sniper Elite 5 on Xbox Game Pass?
Sniper Elite 5 is available on Xbox Game Pass. Those with the Microsoft subscription service can enjoy the brand-new title for free thanks to the library of games offered to subscribers.
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Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC can take control of Karl Fairburne as he attempts to thwart evil WW2 plots. Early indications suggest that this iteration of the franchise is a game you won’t want to miss and with Xbox Game Pass, it is as accessible as ever.
How to play Sniper Elite 5 with Xbox Game Pass
You can give Sniper Elite 5 a try by downloading it from the Xbox Game Pass library. Not only is Sniper Elite 5 available on Xbox Game Pass, but it is available for download as of day one of release on May 26.
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If you’ve never played a Sniper Elite game, Xbox Game Pass offers the perfect opportunity to test out the franchise for free. Simply download the game and find out if it’s to your liking.
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Image Credits: Rebellion Developments / Microsoft
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