Game News PS4, PS5: PlayStation Stars, release date, rewards, all about Sony’s loyalty program!
As if by magic, in July 2022, Sony removed the veil of PlayStation Stars, a new loyalty program for PS4 and PS5. The idea is simple, reward skilled players with 100% digital rewards. Missed the boat, want to know all about the Japanese manufacturer’s initiative? Well, don’t move! Here is all the information on the subject.
What is PlayStation Stars on PS4 and PS5?
Let’s start with the basics. PlayStation Stars is a new one Loyalty program available immediately on PS4 and PS5. According to Sony, it’s a way to celebrate players’ achievements through “fun and rewarding campaigns | to earn rewards, like points and digital collectibles”. It’s a completely free program.
When will the service come out in France?
Good question. In a recent blog post, Sony announced that PlayStation Stars is now available in Asia and Japan but that the program will come first to North America and South America on October 5 and then to Australia and Europe (so France) from October 13, 2022. For more information, the Japanese company invites us to look at it PAGE. Note that, after its launch, PlayStation Stars will evolve, with “new features, rewards, advantages” coming in the coming months, we can learn.
Is it free? Do I need to subscribe to PS Plus?
Since PlayStation Stars is a free loyalty program, it is not mandatory to be a PS Plus subscriber to benefit from it. To do this, a simple PlayStation Network account (registered as an adult) is required. However, being a member PS Plus will give you access to a small perk within the framework of this PlayStation Stars: this is the automatic acquisition of points during your purchase through the PS Store. It also works for a PS Plus subscription renewal. The points in question can be spent on “a catalog that may include funds for the PSN wallet”, receive collectibles and some products from the PS Store.
First, if PlayStation Stars is available in your region, you can access it from the PlayStation App Android | iOS or on the site playstation.com (“we plan to extend the service to consoles soon” writes Sony). More specifically, the program will allow you to win two types of rewards: Loyalty points on the one hand, and collectibles digital on the other hand. Points can be redeemed for virtual collectibles and PlayStation Store benefits. If you’re a PS Plus member, you’ll earn points for every PS Store purchase. For others, it is necessary to complete campaigns, activities to get virtual rewards. In addition to points, we are talking here about 3D models of PlayStation consoles (PS3) and dematerialized figurines inspired by the universes of the brand, such as Punto the gondolier from Ape Escape 2 or Toro and Kuro (Doko Demo Issho).
Beyond the point system, digital collectibles in the loyalty program can be earned by creating activities and campaigns. With “Monthly connection”, all you have to do is play a title to receive a prize, for example. But “some campaigns will give you trouble” warns Sony! For the most unique rewards, you will be asked to win one or more trophies – or even be one of the first to “platinum” a title in a region. Sometimes you still have to win tournaments. “One of our earliest campaigns was called Press Play 1994,” reads the PlayStation Blog. “Members must launch games that match the song-based hints to have a special collection.”
Is this NFT on PS4 and PS5?
Sorry but no! In its blog, Sony explained that, despite the rarity of some PlayStation Stars items, “they are not rare and do not use blockchain technology”. Therefore, these prices are not possible not for sale or exchange. In other words, these are only rewards meant to be won in a closed ecosystem, on PS4 and PS5.
What are collectibles for?
But now you’re probably wondering what PlayStation Stars collectibles are. Obviously, it’s for the fun of collecting and landing unique rewards, in a similar spirit to trophies. The Japanese brand thus explains that the prices have “level of rarity” and that each PlayStation Stars account will be assigned to one of the four status levels. “These levels are based on the number of unique trophies won, but also on the number of full games purchased on the PS Store” writes Sony. Note that you can display your acquired collectibles in a display case through the PlayStation App. And that it is possible to link this showcase to a PSN account to share it with your friends.