You love football and, as an avid gamer you are, you’ve always had a soft spot for Konami’s PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) series. To be sure, you had recently distanced yourself a bit from PES in favor of FIFA, but now you’ve heard that it’s possible to download it for free in its computer version. You are wondering, therefore, if these rumors are true and, if so, how to go about getting the game.
That’s the way it is, right? Then I am happy to announce that it is all true and that, if you want, I can provide you with all the details on the subject. In the course of this guide, I will explain how to download PES for PC for free by taking advantage of the possibilities officially offered by Konami, thanks to which, among other things, you can play online with other fans like you. In short, we are not talking about a demo, but a game that can be considered complete, although with different limitations compared to the full version of the title that can be found in stores and on digital stores.
What do you say? Are you going to go ahead and start playing PES on your PC? Come on then, all you have to do is simply follow the quick instructions below. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!
- Preliminary information
- How to set up Steam
- How to download PES for PC for free
Before going into the details of the procedure on how to download PES for PC for free , I think it may interest you to know more about this possibility.
Well, starting from 2018, Konami has decided to release, alongside the “standard” version of PES, a free to play variant called PES Lite . In other words, a few months after the game’s arrival on the market, a totally free version is usually offered , which generally limits the possibilities offered to the user a little, but in reality it is totally enjoyable, especially by players ” casual “.
Just to give you a concrete example, I will examine what is offered by eFootball PES 2020 Lite , released in December 2019, a few months after the launch of the “standard” variant of PES 2020, released in September of the same year.
Starting from the offline modes , the free version of PES 2020 includes local matches (also in co-op), the possibility of training and the Edit mode . As for the available teams , there are 13: River Plate, Vasco da Gama, Boca Juniors, Colo-Colo, Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Sao Paulo, Flamengo, Palmeiras and Corinthians.
Regarding the stadiums , however, there are only Allianz Parque (Palmeiras), Neu Sonne Arena and Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich). In short, there are limitations compared to the full version as regards the offline modes, but in reality there are many who think that the fulcrum of the PES experience is the online .
In this case, the teams that can be used against other players are all those present also in the full version. In addition, the accessible modes are many: myClub , eFootball.Open (formerly PESLeague), MatchDay, one-on-one training and co-op training. In short, the main difference with the paid variant is the absence of online Divisions .
Despite this, many people appreciate this Lite version of PES, which allows you to play Konami football for free both offline and online. The free version of the game is available, in its 2020 variant, only for Windows systems (as regards computers, since it is also available on consoles).
For completeness of information, I report below the minimum requirements required to run eFootball PES 2020 Lite discreetly.
- Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 / AMD FX 3450;
- Operating system: Windows 7 SP1 / 8.1 / 10 – 64 bit;
- RAM: 4GB;
- Video card: NVIDIA GTX 670 / AMD Radeon HD 7870;
- Memory: 40GB of available space;
- DirectX: version 11.
In short, you don’t even need a computer that is too powerful to play Konami’s title. However, if you want to get a better experience, it is good to meet the recommended requirements indicated by the developers.
- Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX 8350;
- Operating system: Windows 10 – 64 bit;
- RAM: 8GB;
- Video card: NVIDIA GTX 760 / AMD Radeon R9 270X;
- Memory: 40GB of available space;
- DirectX: version 11.
How to set up Steam
After explaining to you what the Lite version of PES consists of, I would say that it is time to configure Steam . In fact, to install the game on your computer you must necessarily go to this platform. In case you don’t know, this is one of the most popular digital video game stores.
If you have not yet installed Steam on your computer, simply connect to the official website of the platform and click on the Install Steam button , located at the top right. At this point, press the Install Steam Now button to start the download of the platform client.
Then open the SteamSetup.exe file obtained and click on the Yes and Next buttons in succession . Subsequently, accept the license agreement , by checking the appropriate box, and click first on the Next button and then on the Install button . Finally, after the system has finished the operation, click on the Finish button and wait for Steam to download the necessary files to start the client.
Once this is done, if you already have a Steam profile, you can press on the item Log in to an existing account and log in . If not, you will need to proceed to create a new account. To do this, click on Create a new account and follow the instructions provided by the program.
If you need more guidance, you can refer to my tutorial on how to create a Steam account . Usually, you just need to choose your name , password and associated e-mail address and verify the profile via an activation link sent via e-mail message.
Once logged in , typing your email address and password and pressing the Login button , you will successfully log into Steam.
Congratulations! Client setup is complete. Anyway, if you want to learn more, I suggest you take a look at my tutorial on how Steam works .
How to download PES for PC for free
At this point, the “highlight” has arrived. In fact, now that you have a Steam account and a properly configured client, you can proceed with the installation of PES .
More precisely, to give you a concrete example, in this chapter I will explain how to download PES 2020 for PC for free . To proceed, click on the SHOP item , located at the top of Steam, and use the search bar at the top right to find the game.
You should just type “PES” and hit Enter . After that, you have to select the version of the game you are interested in, for example eFootball PES 2020 . Don’t worry if it is initially marked as paid: both PES Lite and the full version of the game are on the same page, so the price of the full one is indicated.
In any case, if you really can’t find the game, you can do some research online or, in the specific case of PES 2020, connect to the page dedicated to the title on Steam .
At this point, you just have to press on the Install game button , present next to the item relating to the Lite version of PES, click on the link Click here to install and press the Next and Finish buttons in succession .
This will start the download of the game. To check its progress, just press the In Download item , present at the bottom of the Steam client. Once the download and installation are finished (which will take place automatically), to start the game just press on the Library item , present at the top, then on the PES item and on the Play button .
Perfect, now you know everything there is to know about being able to play Pro Evolution Soccer on a computer for free. I just have to wish you a lot of fun!