Sony shows first look at PlayStation Stars collectibles

The upcoming PlayStation Stars loyalty program was featured on tonight’s State of Play show, with a look at some of the digital collectibles you’ll be able to unlock by completing tasks.

We also learned when we would see the program launch – starting in “select parts of Asia” from late September. America and Europe will then see the arrival of Stars “in the weeks that follow”.

Collectibles featured included 3D models of Ape Escape, Sony’s bizarre ChordMachine boombox, a PlayStation 3, Sony’s feline mascot Toro, the PocketStation peripheral.

State of Play’s PlayStation Stars segment tonight.

Sony announced PlayStation Stars in July, as a free loyalty program with additional benefits for PlayStation Plus subscribers. It’s roughly equivalent to Xbox’s Microsoft Rewards program, with some intriguing differences.

PlayStation owners will earn reward points for logging in and completing certain activities, which can then be redeemed for PSN wallet funds and other PlayStation Store merchandise.

If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you’ll also earn loyalty points on purchases made through the PlayStation Store.

Certain activities will also reward you with “digital collectibles”, which Sony describes as “digital representations of things PlayStation fans enjoy, including figurines of beloved and iconic characters from games and other forms of entertainment, as well as cherished devices that leverage Sony’s history of innovation.”

These are the ones we saw today for the first time, after Sony previously ruled out these items ever being turned into NFTs.

For more on everything being shown tonight, here’s our state-of-the-art recap.