You won’t have to wait long to start earning rewards for playing and purchasing PlayStation games. Sony has announced that its PlayStation Stars loyalty program will launch in the Americas on October 5th, with access available to Australians and Europeans on October 13th.
Stars has already established itself in Asia, including Japan. The program is free, but if you have PlayStation Plus, you will receive some benefits.
If you want the “full” experience, you must currently access Stars via the PlayStation App on mobile devices. However, you can sign up on the web, and Sony anticipates that it will be available on PlayStation consoles in the future.
As previously stated, you earn PlayStation Stars rewards by completing activities and campaigns ranging from the simple (playing any game once a month) to the difficult (being one of the first in your region to earn a game’s platinum trophy).
You’ll earn loyalty points that you can redeem for your PlayStation Network wallet, digital collectibles (not NFTs), and specific products. You can also order collectibles directly from the manufacturer.
By progressing through trophy- and purchase-based status levels, you can increase the number of rewards you receive.
However, if you reached them 13 months after the end of the calendar year, you’ll have to top it up. If you achieve level 2 this October, you will have until January 31st, 2024 to do something to extend your status.
The strategy and motivations are not novel. This, like Microsoft Points and Nintendo Gold Points, provides an incentive to return to your console — and spend money. Given that it’s free, it might be worth a shot, even if you only play on your PS5.