Installing Overwatch Free Weekend

By Tim Mulkerin

Blizzard is opening up access to its multiplayer shooter Overwatch for a few days starting on Nov. 18 for anyone who owns a PS4, Xbox One or PC. As an added bonus, any progress you make during the free weekend will carry over if you decide to buy a copy of the game.

It's pretty simple to figure out how to access the free trial on PC, but you might need a little more guidance on consoles — especially PS4.


Here's how to access the game on all platforms, as well as information about exactly when it starts and what kinds of updates have been patched in recently that you can look forward to!

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How to play Overwatch free on PC

Here are Blizzard's instructions for how to play Overwatch for free on PC:

Step 1: Download and install the desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.

Unlike on consoles, you don't need to be subscribed to any kind of premium service to access the Overwatch trial on consoles. Hooray!

How to play Overwatch free on Xbox One

On Xbox One, simply go to the online store and select the 'Free Trial' option on the page for Overwatch: Origins Edition. Here are Blizzard's full instructions:

Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.

It's important to note that because Overwatch is an online game, you need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber to access the free trial.

How to play Overwatch free on PS4

Unlike Xbox One and PC, to access the free trial on PS4 you won't navigate to the game's main page to play the free trial. You can access the free trial on PS4 by downloading a specific title called 'Overwatch Free Weekend.' Here are the full instructions:

Step 1: Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user.

Just like on Xbox One, you need to be a subscriber to PlayStation's online service, PlayStation Plus, in order to play the free trial of Overwatch on PS4.

When does the free weekend for Overwatch begin and end?

The free trial for Overwatch will begin on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern and end on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Counter strike condition zero installer free download. Eastern.

Here's a map on Blizzard's site that shows exactly when the event will begin at different times around the world:

Yes! Sombra has officially been patched in as of Tuesday afternoon in the PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions of Overwatch. The new Arcade mode and a number of balance changes were included in the patch, too — check out Blizzard's full patch notes to see all the updates.

Check out our list of tips and tricks to make sure you're getting the most out of Sombra's complicated abilities.


Nov. 16, 2016, 8:45 a.m.: This story has been updated.

Blizzard Entertainment's team-based online multiplayer 'Overwatch' will be free on PCs, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles from Nov. 17 to 20.

Suit up, recruits! The 'Overwatch' Free Weekend starts on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. PT until Monday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Console gamers with a PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold membership as well as PC users with a account will have the chance to download and play 'Overwatch' at no cost. Users do not need special keys or codes to participate.

Gamers will have a full roster composed of 26 heroes and 16 maps to choose from. Additionally, heroes of 'Overwatch' can opt to choose from a variety of modes, which include Quick Play, Custom Games, and Arcade.

During the free weekend, players will be able to level up, pick up Loot Boxes, and unlock different customization options.

Those who have yet to purchase the game but plan to do so after the weekend, players should find their progress intact. To make sure the data is saved, gamers are encouraged to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account.

Prior to accessing the freebie, gamers must install 'Overwatch' on their desired platform.

For PC gamers, they need to download and install Blizzard desktop app, if they have not done this yet. Adobe audition cs6 install free download. Then they need to launch it. They need to access their Blizzard account or create one for free if they do not have one. The 'Overwatch' icon found on the left-hand side of the app should be clicked. Players must specify the region they are in prior to installing the game. Once it is completed, they can click play.

As for Xbox One and PS4 gamers, the title should be found in their platform's Store. All they have to do is search for 'Overwatch' then download the title to install it. They can start playing after the installation process is completed.