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PlayStation Stars loyalty program: Everything you need to know
PlayStation Stars is the latest loyalty program from Sony. Gamers who join can use their skills to collect unique digital collectibles and earn rewards by completing campaigns. You can level up, earn points, and show off your collectibles in a digital display case on PlayStation App for all to see your achievements. Here’s everything you need to know about PlayStation Stars.
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PlayStation Stars is a loyalty program for gamers to earn points and collect digital collectibles by playing games. You can redeem points for PSN wallet funds and select PlayStation Store products.
What is PlayStation Stars, and how does it work?
With PlayStation Stars, you earn rewards by completing a variety of campaigns and activities. Some campaigns are fairly easy to complete, such as Sony’s “Monthly Check-In” campaigns which simply require you to play any game to receive the reward. Other campaigns will challenge you to earn specific trophies, such as being among one of the first players to platinum a AAA title in your region.
Campaigns are updated regularly, and gamers can check the PlayStation App to see when new ones launch. The more campaigns you complete, the faster you will level up. Leveling up gets you more rewards and digital collectibles. More on those later.
The PlayStation Stars program is currently exclusive to the PlayStation app. Still, Sony says they are working on expanding the service to consoles in the future, meaning there will likely be a dedicated app on your PS5 or PS4.
Who can join PlayStation Stars?
Anyone with a PlayStation console, such as a PS4 or PS5, can join PlayStation Stars. The service is free to join, although you must be an adult to have a PSN account registered in a region where the program is available. Membership and rewards cannot be shared or transferred between accounts.
Do you need PlayStation Plus to join PlayStation Stars?
While you will earn certain benefits for being a PlayStation Plus member, a PlayStation Plus membership is not required to join PlayStation Stars.
PlayStation Plus members who join PlayStation Stars get the benefit of earning points with every purchase made on the PlayStation Store. Those points can be exchanged for PSN wallet funds, exclusive collectibles for the PlayStation App display case, and more.
What rewards does PlayStation Stars offer?
There are two main types of rewards — loyalty points and digital collectibles. Points can be earned by purchasing games from the PlayStation Store. Points can then be redeemed in a catalog that includes PSN wallet funds, exclusive digital collectibles, and select PlayStation Store products. The points earned for purchasing or pre-ordering a game amount to roughly four percent back on your purchases.
Digital collectibles are small, 3D models of things that PlayStation fans enjoy, including figurines of iconic characters from games and past devices and consoles from Sony’s history of gaming products. It’s kind of like an NFT, but they can’t be traded or sold, so they’re only there to be admired. There will be new collectibles to earn regularly, ultra-rare collectibles to strive for, or spontaneous surprises to collect.
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 other players if you want to show off your collection.
Further, the PlayStation Stars’ leveling system is heavily focused on digital collectibles. With each level you reach, you will earn a commemorative digital collectible. See a list of the leveling tiers and what they unlock below:
- Tier 1 Milestones — Joined the program and started completing campaigns
- Tier 1 Benefits — Digital collectibles through completing campaigns, one celebration collectible
- Tier 2 Milestones — Bought one full game from the PlayStation Store and earned one Uncommon trophy
- Tier 2 Benefits — Level 2 celebration collectible and access to all level 1 collectibles.
- Tier 3 Milestones — Bought two full games from the PlayStation store and earned 32 Uncommon trophies
- Tier 3 Benefits — Level 3 celebration collectible and a birthday collectible
- Tier 4 Milestones — Bought four full games from the PlayStation Store and earned 128 Uncommon trophies
- Tier 4 Benefits — Celebration collectible, all Level 1-3 collectibles, and “chat priority routing.”
One controversial aspect of this leveling system is that players won’t get access to “chat priority routing” until they reach level four. While it is understandable to incentivize gamers to earn rewards and collectibles by playing games so that they can purchase and play more games, it isn’t very consumer friendly to dangle better customer service behind a paywall.
Where is PlayStation Stars available?
Here is a list of the regions and launch dates for PlayStation Stars availability:
- Asia, including Japan: September 29 (local time)
- North and South America: October 5 (local time)
- Europe, Australia, and New Zealand: October 13 (local time)
How to join PlayStation Stars
The full PlayStation Stars experience is accessible through the PlayStation App on iOS and Android. Learn how to link your PlayStation console to the app here. You’ll see the PlayStation Stars icon on your profile page. You’ll see your current level status if you’ve already signed up. Tap that sign-up and then see your progress on current campaigns.
You have nothing to lose by signing up for the PlayStation Stars loyalty program, given that it’s free. If you regularly purchase digital games from the PS Store, it’s definitely worth having to get some cash back.
If you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription and are a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita user, then you can still join PlayStation Stars. Still, you will only be able to earn points when making purchases in the PlayStation Store on your console. You won’t be able to level up your status with full game purchases on PlayStation Store using these consoles or be supported in any other way. For the full experience with PlayStation Stars, you need to use a PS4 or PS5 console.
No. You only need a PlayStation Network account registered to a country/region where the program is available. Note: you may need a PlayStation Plus subscription to complete certain campaigns.
Yes. Points earned will expire at the end of the month plus 24 months from the date they appear in your PlayStation Stars account balance.