New PS5 owners based in the U.S. can redeem a free first-party game – here’s ho

With PS5 shortages long a thing of the past and the console’s price tag having gotten much more manageable, Sony is doing its part to encourage new owners to take the plunge. The company recently rolled out the Upgrader Program, a limited-time offer that gives eligible buyers one free PlayStation Studios game.

The program is aimed at PlayStation account holders who reside in the United States and are at least 18 years old. To be eligible for the promotion, you must have an activated PS5 and a PlayStation Store account. Once you’ve met the criteria, you can head on over to the Games Page available on your console where you’ll see a banner that showcases eligible titles. By clicking on the banner, you can select a first-party game from the list and download it for free.

Eligible games include The Last of Us Part 1, God of War Ragnarok, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and both Insomniac’s Spider-Man titles. There’s also Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, a Kojima Productions title that was made for the PlayStation 5 from the get-go.

While the selection isn’t as comprehensive as what was offered in the pack-in game offer that was a part of the original launch, it should still provide players with enough options to explore all that PS5 has to offer. Plus, this program isn’t tied to PlayStation Plus and the selected game will be owned permanently by the player.

In addition to the free first-party game, the Upgrader Program will offer players an opportunity to upgrade any PS4 games they already own to a digital version for play on the PS5. For example, anyone who bought the PS4 versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales or Sackboy: A Big Adventure will be able to claim those games on their PlayStation 5 by visiting their hub and redeeming the voucher.

The offer is set to expire on October 20, meaning that you’ll want to act quickly if you plan on upgrading your gaming setup. Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too hard to qualify since most of the requirements are quite straightforward. The only tricky thing is that the offer isn’t valid for current PS5 owners, meaning you’ll have to wait until you’re ready to make the switch. Hopefully, this is just the start of a bigger PlayStation promotion coming up soon. With Black Friday and Prime Day around the corner, Sony may have more to give away to potential PS5 buyers in the near future.