PS Stars, the free new loyalty program from PlayStation, will see you completing various quests and activities in exchange for rewards – including digital collectibles. These virtual trinkets – which, as has already been iterated, are not NFTs – will represent various iconic characters and products from Sony history, including the PocketStation and Polygon Man, as revealed in a trailer during State of Play.
“Once you’ve earned collectibles, you can arrange them in a virtual display case within the PS App and, if you choose, you may display your collectibles case within your PSN profile to friends,” Sony’s Grace Chen explained. “There will be different ways to acquire or earn collectibles – the primary way will be through completing campaigns.”
Interestingly, one of the first campaigns sounds a lot like Heardle – but with PlayStation games! “A campaign may be a point-earning or collectible-earning activity. One of our first campaigns is ‘Hit Play/1994’, where members who correctly launch games that match song-based clues receive a special collectible. More campaign details to come.”
PS Stars is launching first in Asia later this month, before expanding to Europe and North America in the weeks that follow. It’s going to be interesting to see how this exciting initiative expands and matures over time.