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Sony and Microsoft announced the next round of video games coming and leaving their respective subscription platforms in September, just in time to fill these last summer weeks with some quality gaming. As always, we’ll include everything both companies have confirmed so far, but it’s always possible more games could come or go throughout the month. We’ll start with Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, but Xbox Game Pass subscribers can scroll down to see what’s new on their platform of choice.
Everything joining and leaving PlayStation Plus in September 2022
PS Plus players are getting a respectable batch of free games added to their libraries this month. All subscribers can download September’s three free PS Plus Essentials, including the arcade racer Need For Speed Heat, Arc System Works’ fantasy-themed fighting-game-meets-RPG Granblue Fantasy: Versus, and Toem, a stylish adventure game about photography.
PS Plus Extra and Premium subscribers also get a big batch of new games to the PS Plus Game Catalog starting Sept. 20, like the award-winning PS5 shooter Deathloop, critically-acclaimed adventure game Chicory: A Colorful Tale, and more, including a bunch of Ubisoft-published games like Rayman Legends, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Watch Dogs 2, and Assassin’s Creed Origins.
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Finally, PS Plus Premium subscribers can play several new games in the Classics Catalog, including Syphon Filter (PS1), Toy Story 3 (PSP), a Kingdom of Paradise (PSP). These three games feature enhanced visuals, rewind, quick save, and video filter options. The PS3 versions of several Sly Cooper franchise titles are also joining the catalog, which are playable via cloud streaming.
PS Plus Essentials Monthly free games
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4) — Sept. 6–Oct. 3
- Need For Speed Heat (PS4) — Sept. 6–Oct. 3
- Toem (PS5) — Sept. 6–Oct. 3
PS Plus Game Catalog
- Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX (PS4, PS5) – Sept. 20
- Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Deathloop (PS5) – Sept. 20
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Monster Energy Supercross — The Official Videogame 5 (PS4, PS5) – Sept. 20
- Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Rayman Legends (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game — Complete Edition (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition (PS4) – Sept. 20
- Watch Dogs 2 (PS4) – Sept. 20
PlayStation Plus Premium Classics
- Syphon Filter (PS1) – Sept. 20
- Bentley’s Hackpack (PS3, via cloud streaming) – Sept. 20
- Kingdom of Paradise (PSP) – Sept. 20
- The Sly Collection (PS3, via cloud streaming) – Sept. 20
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, via cloud streaming) – Sept. 20
- Toy Story 3 (PSP) – Sept. 20
More information on all the September 2022 PS Plus additions is available on the PlayStation blog.
Everything leaving PS Plus in September 2022 (so far)
As always, last month’s PS Plus essentials are leaving just before the new stuff starts rolling in. You can keep playing these games even after they leave PS Plus Essentials as long as you add them to your library before Sept. 5, and you have and active PS Plus subscription.
- Little Nightmares (PS4) – Sept. 5
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Cross-gen Deluxe Bundle (PS4, PS5) – Sept. 5
- Unrailed (PS4) – Sept. 5
- Yakuza: Like A Dragon (PS4, PS5) – Sept. 5
Sony hasn’t announced which games (if any) will leave the Game Catalog or Classics collection this month, but they’ll likely announce those changes closer to Sept. 20.
Everything coming to Xbox Game Pass and Games with Gold in September 2022
There are four free games available for Xbox Games Pass and/or Games with Gold this month.
Starting Sept. 1, you can add the tough Dark Souls-inspired action RPG Gods will Fall and amusement park management sim Thrillville to your Xbox One or Series X/S game library.
Then, two more games will join on Sept. 16: Double Kick Heroes—an arcade-style scrolling shoot-em-up with a heavy metal vibe—and the Xbox 360 version of Portal 2. Portal 2 is a notable addition, since Microsoft previously announced September is the last month to include Xbox 360 games in the Games with Gold monthly lineup. Considering Portal 2 is one of the best games ever made, it’s a worthy final addition from the console library, plus you get to play it with the Xbox One and Series X/S’s backward compatibility enhancements.
Remember to add Games with Gold games to your library during the dates they’re available if you want to keep playing them after they’re removed.
Several games are also joining the rotating Game Pass catalog in September as well, including the beloved space-exploration game Outer Wilds on September 15 for Xbox Series X/S owners. The much-anticipated adventure game Slime Rancher 2 also joins the catalog for free on its release date, Sept. 22. Check the lists below for the full roster.
Games with Gold
- Gods Will Fall – Sept. 1–Sept. 30
- Thrillville – Sept. 1–Sept. 15
- Double Kick Heroes – Sept. 16–Oct. 15
- Portal 2 (Xbox 360 via backward compatibility) – Sept. 16
- Grid Legends (via EA Play, require Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription) – Sept. 1
- Disney Dreamlight Valley – Sept. 6
- Train Sim World 3 – Sept. 6
- Outer Wilds (Xbox Series X) – Sept. 15
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker – Sept. 20
- Beacon Pines – Sept. 22
- Slime Rancher 2 – Sept. 22
- Grounded – Sept. 27
- Moonscars – Sept. 27
Everything leaving Game Pass in September 2022 (so far)
Aug. 31 is the final day to play several Game Pass games, including the space sim Elite Dangerous, the classic PC adventure game Myst, and the acclaimed Rouguelite hack-and-slash RPG Hades, among others.
- Elite Dangerous – Aug. 31
- Hades – Aug. 31
- Myst – Aug. 31
- NBA 2K22 – Aug. 31
- Signs of the Sojourner – Aug. 31
- Spiritfarer – Aug. 31
- Twelve Minutes – Aug. 31
- Two Point Hospital – Aug. 31
- What Remains of Edith Finch – Aug. 31
- World War Z – Aug. 31
Note these are only the games Microsoft has confirmed are leaving so far. More games will likely rotate out of the Game Pass library throughout September.
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