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Sony has announced a free to join loyalty scheme for fans named PlayStation Stars, which will offer rewards including PS Store wallet funds and games. The initiative – scheduled to launch later this year – will see you earning rewards by completing campaigns and playing specific games.

Writing on the PS Blog, company bigwig Grace Chen elaborated: “Our ‘Monthly Check-In’ campaign simply requires you to play any game to receive a reward, while other campaigns require you to win tournaments, earn specific Trophies, or even be the first player to Platinum a blockbuster title in your local time zone.” To be clear, it sounds like PS Stars will be available worldwide, and not just in the USA.

“All PS Stars members will have opportunities to earn loyalty points,” Chen continued. “Points can be redeemed in a catalogue that may include PSN wallet funds and select PS Store products. As an additional benefit, PS Plus members enrolled in PS Stars automatically earn points for purchases on PS Store.”

This all sounds a little bit like Nintendo and Microsoft’s similar offerings, where you can earn points from playing games and completing missions to trade for various items and goodies. One additional wrinkle of PS Stars is that there’ll be “digital collectibles” up for grabs, which aren’t to be confused with NFTs or anything to do with the blockchain. Sony is eager to dismiss that comparison.

“Collectibles are as diverse as our portfolio of products and franchises,” Chen said. “They are digital representations of things that PlayStation fans enjoy, including figurines of beloved and iconic characters from games and other forms of entertainment, as well as cherished devices that tap into Sony’s history of innovation.”

According to Chen, the platform holder is running some tests right now before it rolls out the initiative later in the year. “We hope this new programme brings to mind past gaming memories while making you excited for the future with PlayStation: commemorating the gaming eras we created together, charting new paths to explore, and bringing players together for global celebrations,” she concluded.

It sounds like a good idea to us, we’ve always liked rewards initiatives and honestly it’s odd that it’s taken this long for Sony to offer one of its own. But is this something you’d sign up for? Be a star in the comments section below.