The best PS5 multiplayer games January 2023

Whether you're looking to go head-to-head with rocket cars or take on enemies as a squad, these are the best PS5 multiplayer games to play right now

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Ghost skydives into Al Mazrah in Warzone 2

Multiplayer games provide players with an opportunity to communicate, strategise, and compete with other players around the world. With everyone having spent a lot of time in 2020 and 2021 indoors, these games have brought much-needed relief to players wanting to form connections with others. Thankfully, the PS5 bounded onto the scene almost a year ago with a whole host of launch games, some of which appear on this list, and new multiplayer games that have been popping up ever since.

In this guide to the best PS5 multiplayer games, we take a look at the standout games that have invited players to get cooperative, competitive, and connected. From getting together to navigate and explore new worlds to going head to head in one-on-one combat, to battling it out to be the last team standing, our list has a little something for everyone. And, if you’re looking for more games to play, why not check out our guide to the best PS5 games in 2022 or if you’re yet to land yourself a shiny new PS5, then fear not as we’ve got a list of the best multiplayer games on PS4 in 2022 too. However, if you’re new-gen ready, then these are our favourites for the PS5.

Best PS5 multiplayer games

The best PS5 multiplayer games are:

  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: Warzone 2
  • MultiVersus
  • No Man’s Sky
  • F1 2021
  • Apex Legends
  • Rocket League
  • Overwatch 2
  • Destiny 2
  • FIFA 22

PS5 multiplayer games: Five Fortnite players stand ready for action on a pink background

1. Fortnite

We have to give the top spot in this list to Fortnite. Even though it came out in 2017, this is one of the best battle royale games of all time, giving you the chance to jump in and out of with friends whenever you like. Maybe you’ll secure a Victory Royale and get yourself that season’s glider as a reward, or you might just have a lot of fun trying.

On PS5, you can experience Fortnite in 4K with 60FPS, and to top it off, the DualSense controllers add a little something extra to the experience.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Two operators fire in the fortress in Warzone 2

2. Call of Duty: Warzone 2

Following up on the FPS theme is Warzone 2, which iterates on the last free-to-play Call of Duty battle royale, this time bringing more action to its ranks. You can drop into Al Mazrah with up to three friends and take on enemies in a bid to be last squad standing.

With offerings of standard battle royale, DMZ, and limited-time modes, there’s never been a better time to crack out the best Warzone 2 guns.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Several MultiVersus players fight on a stage

3. MultiVersus

Have you ever considered who would come out on top in a fight between Bugs Bunny and Superman? Well you don’t have to wonder anymore –  in MultiVersus you can find out for yourself.

This Warner Bros. title became an overnight sensation when it released in July 2022 and it’s arguably become one of the best fighting games on the planet. If you want to brawl with your friend, there’s no better place than on a MultiVersus stage.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Three astronauts in No Man's Sky in colourful suits

4. No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky, a triumph in its own right, released a PS5 update that utilises the strengths of new-gen consoles. With advanced audio, 60FPS capability, and haptic controls to name but a few upgrades, ‘The Next Generation’ update transports the procedurally generated worlds of this survival game to new heights.

With up to 32 players in multiplayer mode, you can explore and fight your way through these worlds and their epic terrains like never before. As an added bonus, it’s free to upgrade to the PS5 version for existing players who own the game on PS4.

No Man’s Sky is one of the best PS5 open world games and when you combine that with its multiplayer offerings, it’s truly something special.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Three F1 cars on the grid in F1 2022

5. F1 2022

A change of pace with this entry as you’re thrown in the driver’s seat to compete in motorsports most well-known competition. Take on world famous circuits with two-player split-screen or head online for multiplayer modes such as ranked races, leagues, and weekly events. You may even find yourself up against some of the best sim racers on the planet in some of those online lobbies.

F1 2022 takes the crown as one of the best PS5 racing games, so if you’re looking for high-octane action, this is the game for you.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Ash has her rat on her sword in Apex LEgends

6. Apex Legends

With the rise of the battle royale genre came Apex Legends. Set in the Titanfall universe, players choose from a roster of legends to head into battle, each with their own unique set of skills.

For this multiplayer game, you join forces with other players to form a squad that ultimately must eliminate all other squads to come out on top. And if you want things to be a little more competitive, you can grind the Apex Legends ranks too.

Best PS% multiplayer games: A neon car goes after a ball in Rocket League

7. Rocket League

The thrilling, bonkers world of Rocket League invites players to play a match of football in acrobatic, lightning-fast cars. Speeding around the pitch, pulling off crazy flips, scoring goals – it’s a chaotic and enjoyable experience. Team up in multiplayer modes with either up to 8 players online or four player split-screen to compete for XP, rewards, and champion status. There’s even a Rocket League ranked mode for super competitive players.

A recent update for the game also enabled 120 FPS support on the PS5, meaning players can now enjoy it in the best quality possible.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Various Overwatch 2 heroes like Tjorborn and Mei charge forward

8. Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is the latest entry in Blizzard’s hit hero shooter series and while the multiplayer offerings aren’t that different from the first, there are some small tweaks that make the gameplay experience ten times better.

With a whole host of heroes – both returning and new – you can get back into booping enemies as Lucio and clicking heads with Widowmaker. And as a full stack, you can work through the Overwatch 2 tier list and make a bid for glory.

Best PS5 multiplayer games: Three Guardians in Destiny 2

9. Destiny 2

In MMO game Destiny 2, you are a Guardian tasked with defending humanity by harnessing the Light and staving off the Darkness. It’s free-to-play – although expansions past and present will cost – and, importantly, it has a bunch of multiplayer modes to choose from which can be PvE or PvP. While optimised for PS5, Destiny 2 has support across all platforms, meaning you can jump into the game with a whole variety of other players.

There’s cross-save too, meaning you don’t have to lose progress you may have already made on other consoles or on PC.

Best PS5 Multiplayer games: Cancelo in a Man City shirt makes a run in FIFA 23

10. FIFA 23

FIFA 23 marks the latest instalment of the iconic footie sim. If you’re looking for a sports game that has realism up front and centre then FIFA is for you. While the premise of FIFA games have long remained the same, the graphics and gameplay have, of course, evolved over time.

Ultimate Team has become the most popular game mode in FIFA, and in FIFA 22, playing against friends has been enhanced considerably. A top game for couch co-op or online competition with friends, and one with lots of shiny new-gen features.

So that’s our top picks for PS5 multiplayer games right now. With a lot of upcoming PS5 games on the horizon, our list could very well change about a bit in the near future.