We couldn't help but notice that Sony has announced a new loyalty program for PlayStation users today, which is a great addition for players on PS4 and PS5, and strikes a few similarities to Microsoft Rewards and Xbox Game Pass Quests.
Basically, the free program (PlayStation Stars) will reward users for "completing a variety of campaigns and activities", such as playing games and earning specific trophies, which resembles the tasks set by Game Pass Quests.
Things get a bit different with the rewards though, as Sony has stated that "loyalty points" may be redeemable for "PSN wallet funds and select PlayStation Store products", while other rewards will be in the form of "digital collectibles".
Here's what Sony has to say about the collectible rewards specifically:
"They are digital representations of things that PlayStation fans enjoy, including figurines of beloved and iconic characters from games and other forms of entertainment, as well as cherished devices that tap into Sony’s history of innovation. There will always be a new collectible to earn, an ultra rare collectible to strive for, or something surprising to collect just for fun."
It doesn't sound quite as flexible or generous as Microsoft Rewards at first glance, then, although we haven't got the full picture yet — Sony says more details are set to be revealed in the future prior to the service's release later this year.
In any case, it's interesting to see Sony taking inspiration from Microsoft Rewards (and most likely the 'My Nintendo' loyalty program as well), indicating that Microsoft has done a really great job with the program in recent years.
If you haven't joined up yet, we've got an exhaustive guide to help you with Microsoft Rewards:
What do you make of this? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments section below.