Just like your favourite video streaming apps, major gaming subscription services Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus add — and remove — new content each month.
In August, PlayStation’s recently revamped PlayStation Plus services has a few marquee additions, among them a lineup of Yakuza games. Yakuza: Like A Dragon is one of the free games available for all PS Plus members, with Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 also available to PS Plus Extra and Premium members. All of the other free games for the month are available to all PS Plus members, including Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 remakes and the horror-themed platformer Little Nightmares.
As for Xbox players, the Games with Gold freebies include indie standouts Calico and ScourgeBringer for Xbox One and Xbox X/S, as well as the Xbox 360 classic Saints Row 2 via backward compatibility — meaning you can play using the Series X/S’s graphical enhancements, like increased framerates.
Xbox (and PC) players can also look forward to sampling a few new day-one game releases for free through Game Pass, such as the highly-anticipated FMV adventure game Immortality and the school management sim Two Point Campus, among others. While there’s lots to play on Xbox and PC this month. we should also note that the beloved hack-and-slash roguelite Hades is leaving Game Pass on Aug. 16 — so give it a whirl if you’ve been holding off.
And there’s more. Here’s everything coming to and leaving PlayStation and Xbox’s subscription services in August.
What’s new on PS Plus in August 2022
PS Plus monthly free games (PS Plus Essentials, PS Plus Extra, and PS Plus Premium)
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS4, PS5), available Aug. 1–Sept. 6
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 remakes (PS4, PS5), available Aug. 1–Sept. 6
- Little Nightmares (PS4), available Aug. 1–Sept. 6
New PS Plus PS4 and PS5 Game Catalogue additons (PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium)
- Yakuza 0 (PS4), availability TBA
- Yakuza Kiwami (PS4), availability TBA
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4), availability TBA
Note: More as-yet-unannounced games are expected to be added to the PS4 and PS5 Game Catalogue on Aug. 10.
New PS Plus Classics Games (PS Plus Premium only)
No new PS Plus Classics games have been announced for August 2022 as of yet.
What’s leaving PS Plus in August 2022
Leaving PS Plus Monthly free games
- Arcadegeddon (PS4, PS5), leaving Aug. 1
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS4), leaving Aug. 1
- The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (PS4), leaving Aug. 1
Leaving PS Plus Game Catalogue
- Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept (PS4), leaving Aug. 11
- NBA 2K22 (PS5, PS4), leaving Aug. 31
- WRC 10 (PS5, PS4), leaving Aug. 31
What’s new on Xbox Gamepass and Games with Gold in August 2022
Xbox Games With Gold
- Calico (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One), available Aug. 1–Aug. 31
- ScourgeBringer (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One), available Aug. 16–Sept. 15
- Saint’s Row 2 (via backward compatibility), available Aug. 1–Sept. 15
- Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (via backward compatibility), available Aug. 16–Aug. 31
Xbox Game Pass (Console and PC):
- Turbo Golf Racing (Console, PC), available Aug. 4
- Two Point Campus (Console, PC), available Aug. 9
- Midnight Fight Express (Console, PC), available Aug. 23
- Immortality (Console, PC), available Aug 30
What’s leaving Xbox Game Pass and Games With Gold in August 2022
Leaving Games With Gold
- Beasts of Maravilla Island, leaving Aug. 1
- Torchlight, leaving Aug. 1
- Relicta, leaving Aug. 15
Leaving Game Pass
- Hades, leaving Aug. 16