PSA: Overwatch’s Free Weekend Starts Today on PS4, Xbox One, PC

Looking for something new to play this weekend? If you’ve been curious about Blizzard’s new shooter, Overwatch, you can play it completely free this weekend on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.

As announced previously, the game’s free play weekend begins today, November 18, on all platforms. You can get started at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, while it’ll wrap up on Monday, November 21 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. Check out the image below to find out when the free weekend begins where you live.

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The full roster of characters (including Sombra) will be available across Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Weekly Brawl on all 13 maps. Download instructions follow at the bottom of this post.

The approximate download size of the free weekend’s client is 12 GB, and you’ll need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to take part on consoles. While progression does carry over, Trophies and Achievements are disabled for free weekend players.

Overwatch is discounted to $36 right now on Xbox One right now as part of the Xbox Live Black Friday sale, so you can pick up the full game for cheaper after the free weekend ends if you want.

Earlier this month, Blizzard confirmed that Overwatch had reached 20 million registered players, reaching that mark faster than any other Blizzard game ever. Importantly, however, the game likely has not sold that many copies, as free weekends like this one inflate the figure.

Overwatch Free Weekend Download Instructions

  1. Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user
  2. Go to PlayStation Store and select “Search” from the top menu
  3. In the search field, type in “Overwatch”
  4. Select “Overwatch Free Weekend” from the search results and then click “Download”
  5. Once the download and installation process is complete, click “Start” to begin
  1. Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account
  2. Go to the Xbox One Store, then select “Search”
  3. In the search field, type in “Overwatch”
  4. Select “Overwatch: Origins Edition” from the search results and then click “Free Trial”
  5. Once the download and installation process is complete, click “Launch” to begin
  1. Download and install the desktop app, if you haven’t already, and launch it
  2. Create a free account, or log in with an existing account
  3. Click the “Overwatch” icon, located on the left-hand side of the desktop app
  4. Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click “Install” to begin the installation process
  5. Once installed, click “Play” to begin