Sony’s PlayStation loyalty program debuts in the US on October 5th

You don’t have to wait long to start earning bonuses for playing and buying PlayStation games. Sony now says its PlayStation Stars loyalty program will debut in America on October 5th, while Australians and Europeans will have access on October 13th. Stars is already active in Asia, including Japan. The program is free, although you get some perks if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.

You must currently access Stars through the PlayStation app on mobile if you want the “full” experience. You can sign up online though, and Sony expects it to reach PlayStation consoles in the future too.

As previously explained, you earn rewards in PlayStation Stars by completing activities and campaigns ranging from the simple (playing any game once a month) to the challenging (being one of the first to earn a game’s platinum trophy in your region wins) are enough. You get loyalty points to use towards your PlayStation Network wallet, digital collectibles (no, not NFTs) and certain products. You can also get collectibles directly.

You can increase the number of rewards you receive by leveling up through trophy and purchase-based tiers. However, you must top up these 13 months after the end of the calendar year in which you obtained them. If you reach level 2 this October, you have until January 31, 2024 to do something to extend that status.

The strategy and its rationale are not new. As with Microsoft Points and Nintendo Gold Points, this gives you an incentive to keep coming back to your console – and spending money. However, since it’s free, it might be worth a try even if you only launch your PS5 occasionally.

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