Online storage for game saves lands on PS3 tomorrow

Sony have finally confirmed the news that cloud-storage for game saves is heading to the PlayStation 3 via a system update that will be released tomorrow. As expected, the feature requires that you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

As predicted on Neowin back in January, the feature will allow users to save their games to the cloud and then access them across other PlayStation 3 systems.

The feature will allow gamers to store up to 150MB of game save data and will have a maximum of 1000 data files per PlayStation Network account. Although users are unlikely to ever hit the 1000 data file limit, save games can be 5mb each or more. One big bit of news is that it will also let users back up “copy-prohibited save data” which can be restored onto other PlayStation 3 consoles once every 24 hours.

Uploading save games to the cloud should be compatible with most PlayStation 3 titles, though the official blog mentions that from today onwards, all new releases will have the ability to do online saving.

At the moment the service will only be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. PlayStation Plus currently costs $18 for a three-month subscription or $50 for a yearly subscription and allows users early access to demos, free games, and store discounts.

PlayStation 3 system software update version 3.60 will be released tomorrow and will contain additional small features that the company will announce when it goes live. As part of the preparation for the update, the PlayStation Network will be down for maintenance from 8am to 7pm PT today.

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Hm... Although I don't know how much I'd take advantage of this (it would only help me if my PS3 broke), it does make PSN Plus seem more attractive.

This better fix this issue of not being able to swap out hard drives for people that got screwed by the 3.56v1 update. My hard drive crashed before v2 was announced/released so I am without a PS3 now....

NoLiMiT06 said,
This better fix this issue of not being able to swap out hard drives for people that got screwed by the 3.56v1 update. My hard drive crashed before v2 was announced/released so I am without a PS3 now....

I hope so too.

I've been without a PS3 for a month now. My HDD got the 'click of death' and since I had 3.56v1 loaded, I haven't been able to just swap it out due to the 'data is corrupted' bug when you try to load the newer firmware from any USB drive. Sony Support Australia sent me a replacement HDD claiming that it would fix the problem (I assumed it would have special firmware on it or something) but it was just a blank replacement HDD...

Totally worth it just for the stupid “copy-prohibited save data” on some games like Dragon Age... I recently had to restart because I lost my save file with my YLOD'd PS3.

domcaboy said,
Totally worth it just for the stupid “copy-prohibited save data” on some games like Dragon Age... I recently had to restart because I lost my save file with my YLOD'd PS3.

+1, the only other way is a complete system back up which for requires a large external hard drive, just using this for locked saves is worth it.

jrolson said,
A nice feature, but not worth $50 a year even with the extra exclusives...

Whoever said it was worth $50? You pay for plus for this small service plus the additional free stuff you get like early demos, free certain themes (some being dynamic), reduced PSN cost titles. Frankly this is cheap compared to what M$ for gold members currently get with crappy deals of the week and nothing really free or only for a limited time thing.

Morisato said,

Whoever said it was worth $50? You pay for plus for this small service plus the additional free stuff you get like early demos, free certain themes (some being dynamic), reduced PSN cost titles. Frankly this is cheap compared to what M$ for gold members currently get with crappy deals of the week and nothing really free or only for a limited time thing.

+1. At least we get free things every week for what we pay. Hell, for the next 2 months, PS+ subs get Sega's back catalogue for free. That right there is worth $30 bucks at least. This is only a very much appreciated addition to what PS+ already is.

jrolson said,
A nice feature, but not worth $50 a year even with the extra exclusives...

I am not a PSN plus subscriber but if you at the items that can they get for a discount or for free vs paying for them then for some people the discounts/free items already paid the price of being a subscriber.

Doli said,

I am not a PSN plus subscriber but if you at the items that can they get for a discount or for free vs paying for them then for some people the discounts/free items already paid the price of being a subscriber.


IIRC sony anounced the first year of PSN+ would give around 300USD discount/free items.

Sadelwo said,
How far we've come.

Now the big issue is, wrong power cord, crap! If only they could stick to a nice universal power plug to similar devices.

shakey said,
Now the big issue is, wrong power cord, crap! If only they could stick to a nice universal power plug to similar devices.

What are you talking about??

shakey said,

Now the big issue is, wrong power cord, crap! If only they could stick to a nice universal power plug to similar devices.

um. my PS3 uses a standard computer / monitor / even some laptops plug..... just like others said... what are you talking about? or better yet. what are you smoking? lol

can't get anymore universal than that.

Another intent of SONY trying to close some doors to the Jailbreak/Homebrew community. Ja ja but they always make their way, not matter what.

also the Cloud service should be free for every PS3/PSP user, not only Plus subscribers.

mjedi7 said,
Another intent of SONY trying to close some doors to the Jailbreak/Homebrew community. Ja ja but they always make their way, not matter what.

also the Cloud service should be free for every PS3/PSP user, not only Plus subscribers.

Way of what? No one is forcing you to use the service. People make stupid judgements with even more stupid arguements to justify it to be free/jailbreak. The simple thing is no one is pulling your arm to buy Sony products but if you decide to do so, follow the simple TOS in which if you don't agree, don't buy it. You don't lose anything.

mjedi7 said,
Another intent of SONY trying to close some doors to the Jailbreak/Homebrew community. Ja ja but they always make their way, not matter what.

also the Cloud service should be free for every PS3/PSP user, not only Plus subscribers.

It'll have nothing at ALL to do with jailbreaking etc - it's simply to make things better for users who use the console for gaming. Also I don't mind it being for plus subscribers either - its a perk for paying extra for a service, something MS should be doing with Live. I wouldn't expect uploading save games to a server to be free on this gen of consoles.

mjedi7 said,
Another intent of SONY trying to close some doors to the Jailbreak/Homebrew community. Ja ja but they always make their way, not matter what.

also the Cloud service should be free for every PS3/PSP user, not only Plus subscribers.

No, what should be free is Online Play, which of course is for PS3 owners. At least with a PS+ subscription, you get weekly free things, discounts, away updates, and much more. MS makes you pay just to play online.

UNless your like me a save your Fallout progress every now then and again i can see how 150mb can be hit by some hardcore RPG players... But most save games are sub 1MB

Good to see more options for us Plus subscribers. This along with getting Sega's back cat for free is just so worth it at the moment.

Byron_Hinson said,
Great option for Plus users and something MS should really think about for Gold members

I agree, the USB idea was great but this would be awesome especially with SkyDrive available. This would be even better if rather than force us to download Demos/Game Add-ons to hard-drive if we can have them downloaded to our skydrive account and access them from the internet. I somehow don't see that happening simply because they probably would rather see you purchase a larger hard-drive but it would be a huge push for gold members imo.

Byron_Hinson said,
Great option for Plus users and something MS should really think about for Gold members

First thing i thought of...

Microsoft should be able to do this for almost every game as a simple upload of the save games section on the hdd should not be that hard... surely...

Byron_Hinson said,
Great option for Plus users and something MS should really think about for Gold members

I just dont see this as a big deal. I guess there is a crowd that does this? So I go to someone elses house and setup my profile on their PS3 (pain to do). Then I download my single player saved games? How long does that take? Most MP games on the PS3 (Call of Duty and others) do this already for your rank and stuff.

rrode74 said,

I just dont see this as a big deal. I guess there is a crowd that does this? So I go to someone elses house and setup my profile on their PS3 (pain to do). Then I download my single player saved games? How long does that take? Most MP games on the PS3 (Call of Duty and others) do this already for your rank and stuff.

Well, hard to understand if you don't have a ps3. But the PS3 can do game sharing. Friends share their games with others. Now we can also share our saved games. Show each other stuff that maybe the others didn't know about, just by saying, " Hey, log onto my account and get my saved game and see this part of blahblahblah." But also, now when I go to a friends, I can bring my game and start from whatever point I left off on. Great addition really.

shakey said,

Well, hard to understand if you don't have a ps3. But the PS3 can do game sharing. Friends share their games with others. Now we can also share our saved games. Show each other stuff that maybe the others didn't know about, just by saying, " Hey, log onto my account and get my saved game and see this part of blahblahblah." But also, now when I go to a friends, I can bring my game and start from whatever point I left off on. Great addition really.

I would say the biggest deal is people like my friend Jay who the other day had his PS3 die on him and he lost all his save games. Sure, he can swap Hard drives out etc but that's beyond the majority of regular people's technical ability. Most people fear that kind of thing. Having save games stored online will make it easy to get back up and running should the unfortunate occur.