Sony has posted an extensive overview of its new PlayStation Stars program to the PS Blog, covering everything there is to know. The scheme launches today across Asia, and will be rolled out to North and South America on 5th October 2022, and then Europe gets it eight days later on 13th October 2022. The service is completely free to join, and you do not need a PS Plus subscription to sign up. Although, an active membership does provide extra benefits.
By signing up, which is done on the PlayStation App, you'll gain the ability to earn the following rewards:
- Loyalty Points — Can be redeemed for PSN Wallet funds and select PS Store products
- Digital Collectibles — Described as "beautifully rendered, 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".
It's important to stress once more: these digital collectibles are not NFTs. Sony says they're "created just for our loyalty program, and while some can be rare, they are not one-of-a-kind nor does it leverage blockchain technology. They cannot be resold or traded. Digital collectibles can only be earned or acquired through PlayStation Stars."
To earn points, you'll need to complete certain tasks, such as simply booting up a game or earning Trophies. "One of our first campaigns is called 'Hit Play/1994' where members who correctly launch games that match song-based clues receive a special collectible." By simply joining PS Stars, you'll immediately earn the Star Gazer Telescope collectible.
For starters, PS Stars is accessed through the PlayStation App, which is also where you'll view the collectibles you earn. Sony has plans to roll the service out to PS5, PS4 console in the future too. You'll also redeem the points you earn through the app.
As an added benefit for PS Plus subscribers (which tier you're at doesn't seem to matter), you'll earn bonus points for simply buying games and products off the PS Store. Split across four status levels, the more you engage with the program, the more benefits and rewards you'll receive.
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