What to look forward to: Sony has announced the upcoming launch of what sounds like Microsoft’s own version of the bounty program, which includes “digital collectibles” that it assures are not NFTs. The PlayStation Stars loyalty program will roll out later this year, after which users will be able to earn points by playing games and doing more. They can then be exchanged for PS Store items and PSN Wallet funds.

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Microsoft’s rewards program remains popular with users, allowing them to earn points for activities such as using Edge/Bing, taking quizzes, and playing games through PC Game Pass – read more more about it here.

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Sony PlayStation stars seems to mimic some of the game elements of the Microsoft program. Membership will be free when it launches later this year, and users will be able to earn points for a variety of activities, including playing at least one game once a month, winning tournaments, earning certain trophies, or even being the first to play in a major tournament. release of the game in a specific time zone. What’s more, PlayStation Plus subscribers will also be able to earn points for purchases from the PlayStation Store.

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Earned points can be spent on items in the PS Store, as well as PSN Wallet funds to purchase games and other items. Sony notes that PlayStation Stars is a separate program from Sony Rewards and will not replace it.

The other part of the program raised eyebrows: digital collectibles. According to Sony’s description, these are “digital renderings of things PlayStation fans love, including figurines of beloved and iconic characters from games and other forms of entertainment.”

“There will always be a new collectible to earn, an ultra rare collectible to aim for, or something amazing to collect just for fun,” the official announcement continues.

While this all sounds suspiciously similar to NFT, Sony VP Grace Chen in an interview Washington Postrepeatedly stressed that this is not the case.

“This is definitely not an NFT. Definitely not. You cannot trade or sell them. It does not use any blockchain technology and is definitely not an NFT,” she said.