PlayStation Plus Getting Cloud Game Saves Starting Tomorrow


[tab:News]It appears that one of the biggest wishes for PS+ members, and rumored since January, will finally become a reality, and a lot sooner than you think. Starting tomorrow, cloud-based game saves will be available to subscribers.

You will have 150MB of storage available, for up to 1000 saves (including copy-prohibited save data). The feature will require firmware update v3.60, which also releases tomorrow, and Sony has promised that many future titles will allow you to bypass your HDD and save directly to the PSN instead.

This is very awesome and will likely drive subscriptions up pretty fast. Read the Press Release, which explains how to back up a save; as well as a few other details.

[tab:Press Release]
PLAYSTATION®NETWORK BRINGS ONLINE STORAGE FOR GAME SAVES EXCLUSIVELY TO PLAYSTATION®PLUS SUBSCRIBERS

March 9, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced that online storage for game saves will be available exclusively to PlayStation®Plus subscribers, allowing gamers to back up their save data to the cloud. Online storage for game saves will be available with system software update (v3.60) for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system, coming on March 10, 2011 and will be automatically enabled for PlayStation Plus subscribers once users install the update.

With the new feature, PlayStation Plus subscribers can store up to 150MB of PS3 game save data and a maximum of 1000 data files per PlayStation®Network account. “Copy-prohibited save data” is also supported, and all previously backed-up save data may be restored once per 24-hour period. When the new feature launches, most PS3 titles will be compatible with online storage for game saves, and moving forward new titles will have the capability to offer the storage option.

Online storage for game saves ensures that data stored by PlayStation Plus subscribers is more secure than ever and is an integral feature for gamers who wish to access their data on other PS3 systems. Users can check their available/total space at any time via the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar). Users who wish to utilize the feature immediately following the system software update (v3.60), can do so with these instructions:

To back-up:
1. Select [Game] > [Save Data Utility].
2. Focus on the save data you wish to back up.

3. Open up the option menu using “triangle” and select [Copy].

4. Select [Online Storage] as the destination of back up.

To copy:
1. Select [Game] > [Save Data Utility] > [Online Storage].

2. Focus on the save data you wish to copy.

3. Open up an option menu using “triangle” and select [Copy].

PlayStation Plus is available for a yearly fee of $49.99, and for a limited time, gamers will also receive 3 free bonus months when signing up for a one-year subscription. Gamers can also subscribe to the 3-month option for $17.99.[tab:END]


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Jcmdaddy on March 9th, 2011 [ 63362 Points ]

    Yes, I am very excited about this feature. Now a broken system won’t be as big of a concern. I’ll be changing my subscription to a year. I just hope they do something about restoring backuped video content.

  2. #2 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Honestly how much does this help? Are the game saves really that big? I mean don’t get me wrong it’s a cool feature but do we really need this?

  3. #3 by Eddie on March 9th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Luke:

    Honestly how much does this help? Are the game saves really that big? I mean don’t get me wrong it’s a cool feature but do we really need this?  

    ^

    Absolutely!

    I can play any game of mine on both PS3′s now!

    Plus when NGP gets here…gonna be awesome to sync up saves.

  4. #4 by Jcmdaddy on March 9th, 2011 [ 63362 Points ]

    @Luke I’m guessing you’ve never had a ps3 ylod on you XD. Which is good, but it sucks when it happens. Even though multiplayer data is saved on the game servers, all your single player is lost. Which was a big deal when it happened to me since I had already beaten everything I owned. But having the ability to back it up now, is good news. One game I was worried about was my Borderlands save game, because there were expansions coming and I played with my cousin. Luckily through an earlier act of kindness trying to help a fellow gamer, I had a copy of my save on a disk. A few lvls lower, but the data wasn’t protected so I copied if back.

  5. #5 by Beastxjason on March 9th, 2011 [ 25926 Points ]

    That should save people 100kb :P

  6. #6 by premiersoupir on March 9th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Fabulous news — this has been a long time coming.

  7. #7 by pedro on March 9th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    It’s certainly a good feature for backup, tough the limitations seem to imply a bit of managing in choosing the right games and saves.

    Other than that, I won’t be able to do it because Brazil gamers can’t have that. Great stuff.

  8. #8 by Jay on March 9th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Luke: Honestly how much does this help? Are the game saves really that big? I mean don’t get me wrong it’s a cool feature but do we really need this?  

    It has nothing to do with the size of the saves, really (only listed to show how much space you have up until; 1000 games is a lot). It’s more about being able to easily transfer games in the case of a YLOD, stolen system, etc

  9. #9 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Does this feature automatically backup your saves?

  10. #10 by Eddie on March 9th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Luke:

    Does this feature automatically backup your saves?  

    ^

    No. It looks like its manual for old game saves but new games will have an option implimented for you to decide where to save them to.

  11. #11 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Actually according to the article: “automatically enabled for PlayStation Plus subscribers once users install the update”. which is good. Because if it didn’t this would really be no different then u forgetting to back up and being shit out of luck due to a stolen ps3 or a crash.

  12. #12 by Jay on March 9th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    you still have to manually back up old saves (and probably saves for games releasing in the next couple months or so, too).

    Basically what you stated means the feature itself is enabled; not the actual backing up of saves

  13. #13 by EdEN on March 9th, 2011 [ 139651 Points ]

    So we’ll FINALLY be able to back up online heavy saves that we can’t copy to physical media? I’ll back up all my saves over the weekend. Now THIS is a great feature that will, as Jay has said, at least DOUBLE the PS+ subscribers total.

    It has less to do with freeing up 150 MB in your HDD and more with protecting all the hours you’ve spent on your games in case your system decides to die.

  14. #14 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    So then what your saying @Jay is this thing is worthless. If the updates to backup manually it won’t be any different then backing up manually. If your PS3 crashes and you didn’t backup then ur screwed, same thing if your PS3 is stolen.

  15. #15 by Jay on March 9th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Normally, you can’t back up locked game saves. Plus, in order to back unlocked saves up, you still need a physical media to be able to do so. With this, it’s all online, and you have the ability to back up locked saves as well, so it’s far from being a worthless feature.

    Damn Luke, you’re impossible.

  16. #16 by Eddie on March 9th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Luke:

    So then what your saying @Jay is this thing is worthless. If the updates to backup manually it won’t be any different then backing up manually. If your PS3 crashes and you didn’t backup then ur screwed, same thing if your PS3 is stolen.  

    ^

    this is the ONLY way to back up protected saves.

  17. #17 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Jay I am so going to come to E3 just to jump out of no where like Tonya Harding, breaking ur damn knee caps and run off.

    So u could have never backed up stuff to a USB Thumb Drive?

  18. #18 by Eddie on March 9th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    yea you can’t back up protected save files with any other method at all. Only unprotected ones.

  19. #19 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    Okay see that is my problem, I just never backed up or had any of these YLOD’s as some of you had because I actually know what I am doing.

    Were they locked down because they don’t want friends sharing them?

  20. #20 by Jay on March 9th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Luke: because I actually know what I am doing.

    *facepalm*

  21. #21 by Tosh on March 9th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Only other way to move a locked game save is to do a direct transfer to another PS3.

  22. #22 by Eddie on March 9th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Luke:

    Were they locked down because they don’t want friends sharing them?  

    ^

    Various reasons. I believe all of the Modern Warfare cheats we see today were via save file manipulation for example.

  23. #23 by Luke on March 9th, 2011 [ 27382 Points ]

    @Jay I facepalmed when you were born!

    @Eddie thanks for the constructive info.

  24. #24 by Beastxjason on March 9th, 2011 [ 25926 Points ]

    Steam has been doing this for ever. It is nice but if you look at your save sizes 150mb isnt much. If you play GT5 its gone lol

  25. #25 by Jcmdaddy on March 9th, 2011 [ 63362 Points ]

    @Confusion you can back up EVERYTHING on your ps3 EVEN copy protected stuff. HOWEVER you can only restore to the same ps3 I.E. you put in a new HDD or you have to format your HDD because of a problem. What you can’t do is restore that data to a different ps3. So if you back up saves to the cloud you can use them on any ps3 that you own as long as your account is linked to them. So I can now keep my second ps3 in my bedroom and if I want, go continue my game in there.

  26. #26 by Oly on March 9th, 2011 [ 132130 Points ]

    Ya does this allow locked games to. Now be dl to other ps3′s? If so it’s a huge win

  27. #27 by Jcmdaddy on March 9th, 2011 [ 63362 Points ]

    Oly:

    Ya does this allow locked games to. Now be dl to other ps3′s? If so it’s a huge win  

    ^

    From the way they’ve put it, you should be able to re-download the backup to any ps3 that you’re logged into, since it’s binding it to your PSN ID. I’m curious why they did the ‘once per 24 hour period’ thing, perhaps to keep traffic down? Who knows.

  28. #28 by hobbes on March 9th, 2011 [ 30476 Points ]

    well, i think this is pretty sweet, would be an added bonus if it did it automatically if chosen to do so.

  29. #29 by Eddie on March 10th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    turns out that they upped the security with this as well. they dumped all of the loaders including the metldr which is the key you keep seeing floating around…its not useless. the metldr is still there but somehow bypassed. So anyone who updates or new ps3′s, they are currently piracy proof. new games can only be played on updated ps3′s. Hackers are a little perplexed from what I’ve read. time will tell though.

  30. #30 by Tosh on March 10th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Glad to hear that Eddie :D

  31. #31 by Squirtbot on March 10th, 2011 [ 115 Points ]

    This is really just a way for them to make you continually pay for plus. If you have all of your saves “in the cloud”, then your not going to want to let your subscription lapse. Think about it.

  32. #32 by Eddie on March 10th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Squirtbot:

    This is really just a way for them to make you continually pay for plus. If you have all of your saves “in the cloud”, then your not going to want to let your subscription lapse. Think about it.  

    ^

    …wait what? they are saved locally too….If you have them saved locally…who cares if they lapse on the cloud?

  33. #33 by Eddie on March 10th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    uploaded my saves this morning and it was glorious.

  34. #34 by Squirtbot on March 10th, 2011 [ 115 Points ]

    Eddie: many future titles will allow you to bypass your HDD and save directly to the PSN instead.

    reading this made it seem like new game saves would be saved “in the cloud” and not on the HDD. I think the game save feature is a cool thing, but not enough to join PS+… I’m still waiting for something I really want from PSN before I join.

    Either way, sweet update. Fack Hackers!

  35. #35 by James on March 31st, 2011

    This is awesome but how about a copy all feature going one by one is fricking tedious as hell.


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