Sony Announces Free PlayStation Plus Online Multiplayer Weekend: Here’s All You Need to Know

The multiplayer will be free for about a day.


PlayStation will soon be offering a free online Multiplayer weekend for three games – Call of Duty Vanguard, Grand Theft Auto V, and NBA 2K22. From December 18, 12:01 AM (Local Time) to Dec 19, 11:59 PM, players will be able to play the online multiplayer components of these games for free without a PlayStation Plus membership.

Players will need a PlayStation Network account in order for this to work and also own these games. The game themselves will not be available for free during this weekend and need to have been bought separately. All 3 of these games have fairly expansive multiplayer components, especially GTA Online, which has to be a major attraction during this free online multiplayer weekend.

GTA Online, Call of Duty Vanguard, and NBA 2K22 on PlayStation Plus Online Multiplayer Weekend

The PlayStation Plus Online Multiplayer Weekend games will be available for free on both the PS4 and PS5. It will be interesting to see if Sony decides to do more of these and hold free online multiplayer weekends like this more often. It was reported earlier this month that PlayStation is indeed planning to compete with the Xbox Game Pass with a service similar to it, set for launch during the Spring of 2022.

The Game Pass has been Xbox’s focus since before the start of the new console generation and it has caught on with the gaming community in a big way. The Game Pass has single-handedly turned things around for Xbox and continues to be one of the biggest factors working in the favour of the new consoles.

Xbox Game Pass PlayStation Plus

The Xbox Game Pass has also been priced reasonably well, which is why it has been a success in many parts of the world, including India. Come next year, it will be interesting to see what Sony has up their sleeve and whether their new service can compete neck-to-neck with the Game Pass.