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If you've picked up a PlayStation 4 but still haven't given PlayStation Plus a shot, you might want to cancel all of your weekend plans and set up camp in front of your television. Sony is hosting a free multiplayer week on its home console, and the whole shebang begins today, Feb. 17.
It's not unusual for Sony or Microsoft to throw out a free weekend of their Plus or Gold subscription-based services. Even some games get a weekend of free online play for folks who haven't given their games competitive and cooperative modes a shot. But a whole week? Well, that's exactly what Sony is offering starting today, with folks able to log in and play any of their games online without needing to fork over extra money to do so.
As pointed out in a recent PlayStation Blog post, this free week of multiplayer applies to literally any game, whether it be NBA 2K17, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny or Call of Duty. Been enjoying Rocket League solo? Why not take those online matches for a spin? Did you pick up Titanfall 2 for its amazing single player campaign? Well why not see what its fast-paced competitive modes have to offer, too?
This free week of online multiplayer began at 12:01 a.m. Pacific today so, after you've got your gaming news fix, you can log onto your console and start playing online. The promotion runs through Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. As the original post points out, that's enough time to dive deep into one game's multiplayer offerings or to just go wild and try a sampling of everything you've got laying around the house.
Only because some commenters in the original story seem to be confused, we feel it might be necessary to point out that this is not a "free game" weekend. Sometimes a developer like Activision will, say, allow you to download Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and play through its various modes for a weekend, kind of like a wide-open demo. That's not what's being offered here. No games are available free-of-charge for the next seven days. You need to own them before you can enjoy their online functions free of charge for the next seven days. After that, it's exactly like The Ring, only instead of scaring you to death, a long-haired well-dwelling ghost girl will crawl into your house and quietly take your free multiplayer away. We imagine Sony spent a boatload of cash to hire all of the ghost girls needed to pull off this needlessly complicated task.
So, are any of our readers planning on taking advantage of this free week of Plus access? What games do you plan on trying out online? Let us know in the comments below.