Sony and Microsoft have long been frenemies, stuck in a friendly tug of war that has resulted in many innovations within the gaming sphere. Both PlayStation and Xbox consoles have tried to one-up each other through each generation. The goliaths come with their pros and cons, and undoubtedly it is nearly impossible to choose a single winner.
Microsoft has gone toe-to-toe with Sony in the next-gen of consoles via its fantastic Game Pass and other cards under its belt. Xbox recently announced its investment in Cloud-enabled gaming and collaboration with Samsung TVs to bring games without a need for consoles via Cloud technology. However, Sony has made clever moves of its own by introducing an all-new reward system for gamers.
Sony is calling the new loyalty system for gamers “PlayStation Stars,” a free-to-join program for everyone coming later this year. Though specific dates have not been mentioned in the official announcement, it will roll out to the globe worldwide; the regions include Asia, the Americas, Europe, and more.
The program will allow gamers to earn rewards by completing heaps of campaigns and activities. The campaign may include challenges like playing a specific title for a particular period or working towards obtaining in-game achievements.
According to Sony, PlayStation Stars is to celebrate the players, and the journey players have treaded with the massive PlayStation cooperation. All gamers who opt in the program will have the opportunity to earn “loyalty points” that can be redeemed for PSN wallet funds and traded for items worth real money.
The official announcement elaborates on the loyalty points, “Points can be redeemed in a catalog that may include PSN wallet funds and select PlayStation Store products. As an additional benefit, PlayStation Plus members enrolled in PlayStation Stars automatically earn points for purchases on PlayStation Store.”
Moreover, gamers who subscribe to the PlayStation Plus online service will accumulate extra loyalty points to expend in the PlayStation Store, which is a bonus that non-subscribers will neglect. It is the first loyalty program launched by Sony in 27 years since the inception of PlayStation.
Players can redeem loyalty points for add-on content, stand-alone titles, and themed-based collectibles in the reward catalog. Sony intends to incorporate new rewards, campaigns, and collectibles as the PlayStation Stars service expands over time.
Furthermore, PlayStation Stars is not all; Sony is adding a new type of reward called “digital collectibles.” The collectibles are as diversified as the portfolio of Sony’s products and franchises. Sony elaborated on the newly-planned collectibles in its blog, calling them an amalgamation of “figures of beloved and iconic characters.“
Sony further cleared the mist, “there will always be a new collectible to earn, an ultra-rare collectible to strive for, or something surprising to collect just for fun.” What are your thoughts about the new reward system and digital collectibles? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.
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