Every day we hear something terrible (or at least questionable) about Sony’s loyalty programme, which doesn’t reflect well on ‘the blues’…
It’s now official that PlayStation Stars will have four tiers, and we’ve already written about how PlayStation Support is much quicker to reach players who reach level four (to which the reaction from Japanese players has been adverse; the programme is already running there and in Asia). This case also highlights that Sony has been a bit vague about new services and plans lately (or if not, it’s been painful for us: such was the EUR 50 price HIKE for the PlayStation 5, which was announced in August).
So it’s up to us to guess what the Jim Ryan-led company means by their wording, and it seems that behind ‘the stars’, there are more questionable moves. On Reddit, they’ve taken a look at the PlayStation Stars program code, as you can only access the loyalty program and its showcase (where you can put the dinosaur from the PS1 T-Rex tech demo) on Android and iOS. If what Sony has hidden in the source code is accurate, we should also be prepared for a fifth hidden level, Diamond.
According to the user posting on Reddit, the Diamond level can only be accessed by invitation, and the assets for this tier are stored on Sony’s official website confirm this. If you reach level five, you get a legendary rare collectable. It’s called Level 5 Diorama – Bots Don’t Breathe, and its official description is: “In an endless sea of stars, it seems like there’s nowhere to hide. But you wouldn’t be here if you let challenges like that stop you. Welcome to Level 5.”
The question is what Sony is trying to achieve. What can they provide for the truly hardcore, dedicated PlayStation fan? Maybe they can get a general discount on the PlayStation Store or PlayStation Direct? (We’re just guessing, but how much will we have to pay if that’s what this tier offers?)