Back in July, PlayStation announced the upcoming launch of a brand-new loyalty and rewards program, dubbed PlayStation Stars. Since late September it’s been rolling out the program across various regions and today marks the final phase of the rollout into Europe and Australia.
PlayStation Stars hits Europe, Australia, and New Zealand today!
As of right now, you can log into the “PS App” on iOS or Android with your PSN account and access the new section PlayStation Stars section from the home page. You’ll be asked to “sign up” to the program, which is just tapping a couple of buttons, and for doing so you’ll be rewarded with your first digital collectible, the Star Gazer Telescope.
From there, you can participate in various campaigns to earn even more digital collectibles to display in your in-app display case. Campaign challenges range from simply booting up any PS4/PS5 game within a given time or puzzling out context clues to which specific games a campaign might want you to launch. One of our favourites available right now is the PlayStation Tech Demo Tyrannosaurus Rex, which you can earn just by playing any PS4/PS5 game within the next 18 days.
On top of campaigns, digital rewards are available to purchase with points earned throughout the PlayStation Stars experience, whether it’s completing campaigns or spending money on the PlayStation Store. Right now, three Ape Escape digital collectible statues can be had for 200 points a pop as well as a selection of digital game downloads such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (15000 points) or Hades (6250 points) and finally you’re also able to redeem points for PlayStation Store credit.
We haven’t been able to test the dollars-to-points conversion locally yet, but US outlets have reported that it’s roughly 10 points to the USD $1 (AUD $1.50) so you’ll need to spend quite a bit to earn those digital game and credit rewards.
The full PlayStation Stars experience is accessible through the PlayStation App on iOS and Android. You can also join PlayStation Stars via playstation.com.
We have plans to expand to console devices in the future.
How does the program work?
With PlayStation Stars, you earn rewards by completing a variety of campaigns and activities. Our “Monthly Check-In” campaign simply requires you to play any game to receive a reward. Other campaigns will ask you to earn specific trophies, or even be among one of the first players to platinum a blockbuster title in their country/region. 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.
Campaigns are updated regularly so check the PlayStation App to see new campaigns.
What rewards can I earn?
There are two types of rewards – loyalty points and digital collectibles. Points can be redeemed in a catalog that may include PSN wallet funds, exclusive digital collectibles and select PlayStation Store products. As an additional benefit, PlayStation Plus members enrolled in PlayStation Stars automatically earn points for purchases on PlayStation Store.*
Digital collectibles are 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. There will be new collectibles to earn regularly, ultra-rare collectibles to strive for, or something surprising to collect just for fun.
The digital collectibles you earn or acquire can be arranged on a display case within the PlayStation App. You can also set the display case to be viewed by others, if you choose.
At launch, by simply joining, all members will receive the Star Gazer Telescope. We’ll have Punto the gondolier from Ape Escape 2, PocketStation, Toro and Kuro celebrating, and more, as some of the first digital collectables for members to earn or acquire.
Are digital collectables one-of-a-kind? Can I sell or trade my digital collectables?
These digital collectibles are 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.
What benefits do I get for being a PlayStation Plus member if I join PlayStation Stars?
A PlayStation Plus membership is not required to join PlayStation Stars. However, as a PlayStation Plus member, if you join PlayStation Stars you can earn points for purchases on PlayStation Store, including each subscription payment for your PlayStation Plus membership. Please note PSN wallet top ups are not eligible for earning PlayStation Stars points.
What are status levels?
PlayStation Stars will have four status levels that reflect the milestones you reach. They are based on the number of non-common trophies earned for gameplay as well as full game purchases from the PlayStation Store. The higher your level is, the more perks and benefits you can get.