On PlayStation consoles, Trophies serve as a way to reward players for their efforts in gaming, allowing them to show off their accolades to friends and strangers around the world. Now, Sony will expand upon the concept of rewarding players with PlayStation Stars, a new loyalty program that will offer exclusive new prizes and rewards.
Sony pulled back the curtain on PlayStation Stars in a new post to the PlayStation Blog this morning. PlayStation Stars will include a slew of different campaigns and challenges that players can complete in order to unlock rewards. This includes tasks such as winning tournaments, earning specific Trophies, or being the first person in your time zone to achieve a Platinum Trophy for a game. Completing these challenges will grant players loyalty points, which can be redeemed for things like PSN Store funds and other store products.
One of the rewards featured in PlayStation Stars will be a new type of “digital collectibles.” While that terminology is sure to raise concerns, VP of Advertising Grace Chen clarified that these collectibles are not NFTs in a statement to The Washington Post. “It’s definitely not NFTs. Definitely not. You can’t trade them or sell them. It is not leveraging any blockchain technologies and definitely not NFTs.”
Sony put a lot of emphasis on the gamification of PlayStation Stars, stating that there would frequently be new rewards, with some of them being very rare with a high incentive to strive for.
PlayStation Stars will launch later this year for PlayStation consoles in phased rollouts and will be free for players to sign up for. Specific challenge and reward details will come closer to that launch. For more news on the various PlayStation services, you can count on Shacknews.