Will PlayStation Stars usher in the return of PlayStation Home?

Sony recently revealed PlayStation Stars, a loyalty program that rewards players for accomplishing certain feats or purchasing PlayStation Store items. Doing something as simple as playing a game monthly, or completing “a variety of campaigns and activities,” will offer rewards. You’ll also get something for being the first in your local time zone to platinum a game. This is a run-of-the-mill points system, which is common for most businesses to encourage frequent spending at its stores.

However, where PlayStation Stars differs from restaurants or clothing stores is with its digital collectible systems. No, these aren’t NFT’s and they can’t be traded for money. Instead, they exist solely to fuel fan excitement and seem to be tied to a PlayStation user’s profile based on certain things they do. Details on these “digital collectibles” are sparse, but we know they’ll include figurines of PlayStation characters and devices from the company’s history.

The most fascinating portion of the announcement promises that: “There will always be a new collectible to earn, an ultra-rare collectible to live for, or something surprising to collect just for fun.” Similar to Trophies, it seems this system will be present throughout the PlayStation ecosystem, with plenty of miscellaneous items to earn. We also know the program is set to launch later this year through regional rollouts.

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Sony could approach this the boring way, presenting these “digital collectibles” as flat, 2D images attached to the player’s profile, essentially turning it into another tab of stickers to skim through, not unlike scrolling through someone’s trophy collection.

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