Steam offers free play weekends for select games, allowing players to try them out without financial commitment 

Games may also offer free play periods during launches or significant updates, providing opportunities to test new features 

Free play events often extend across platforms, ensuring console players can participate as well. 

Free-to-play events typically come with discounts on game purchases and sometimes include promotional items 

Other platforms like Epic Games Store and Xbox Live offer similar free play opportunities and giveaways. 

Demos and Steam's refund policy provide additional avenues to try games for free or with minimal risk