In a surprising announcement on the 29th of September, PlayStation announced that they will soon be making PlayStation-branded credit cards in association with Capital One and with the help of their associates at Sony Rewards.
This card, PlayStation say, was designed specifically with gamers in mind and will seek to provide them with rewards and benefits that suit their interest in gaming - and thus their spending habits. By buying the products they already know and love, gamers everywhere will be able to increase their rewards from spending money on PlayStation games, whilst also enjoying no annual fees and the ability to customise the face of their credit card for free once they become a member and create an account with Capital One.
The PlayStation credit card will offer its cardholders exclusive discounts and rewards on all kinds of Sony products, including 10% back as a statement credit off PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Music and PlayStation Now, as well as access to exclusive offers like pre-sale tickets and early access to select music and sporting event ticket sales. This makes the card not only beneficial to gamers, but to anyone who enjoys concerts and sporting competitions.
Additionally, the card will offer its holders 50% back as a statement credit off a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership after they spend $3000 on any purchases they make within a year, as well as a free $50 voucher for the PlayStation store once the card application has been received and approved - meaning that its holders could get a brand-new PlayStation title absolutely free, just for signing up for and being approved for the card.
The PlayStation credit card will also allow its holders to accumulate Sony Reward points at an increased rate, with purchases on the PlayStation store and on physical products multiplying the base reward points earned. These points can be redeemed against PlayStation console purchases, game purchases, PlayStation Store codes, PlayStation Plus memberships and much more - including Sony electronics and movies - making it hugely beneficial not only for PlayStation's dedicated fans, but casual users of their services as well.
"its holders could get a brand-new PlayStation title absolutely free, just for signing up for and being approved for the card"
Whilst there is no news of the cards becoming available in the UK just yet, PlayStation have begun providing links to both their Sony Rewards scheme and the application form for the cards over in the US. If the card is a success, it is likely that it will be released in other territories as well, so it is worth keeping an eye on their blog and Twitter feed. Whether the card will be a success, however, it is too early to say.