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New Security Fixes in v3.60 Firmware

As you know, the new firmware for the PS3, v3.60, released very early this morning, with the biggest feature being the game save cloud for PlayStation Plus members, but, apparently, that wasn’t the only big change in the firmware.

The hacking community is abuzz now with word that there has been some major security fixes in the update; namely the “metldr” key, the key that made the hacking possible in the first place, (as well as a few other loaders) has been bypassed, and thus, Sony’s console is secure once more, at least, theoretically. How long before this gets hacked, now?

Veering slightly away from the topic at hand, another feature that has been included in the update, according to engadget, is the ability to have your controller shut off at specific intervals of inactivity. I think that could be useful and possibly help save battery life for some people, but it’s definitely not a huge feature.



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]

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]


Judge Dismisses All Claims Par One for Sony’s “Other OS” Suit

A California judge dismissed all but one claim in the lawsuit against Sony for removing the other OS functionality the examiner claims. The one left is a possible violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act which states it is unlawful for any entity to execute unauthorized modifications on any computer system.

The charges that the judge dismissed were breach of warranty status and also the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Civil Code 1770.

The plaintiffs have 20 days to amend their claims and refile their complaint.
With only one charge looming for Sony, the Judge had this to say.

“Plaintiffs must therefore either allege that Sony made some express representations as to the continued availability of that feature, or they will have to show both that there were implied representations as to continued availability and that an express warranty claim may legally proceed even where it is based in part on such implied representations.,” said Seeborg.


Save Game Cloud – How Do You Feel About It?

Finally! Strong rumours are circulating that a cloud storage facility is going to be arriving on the PS3 with F3.60. However, as premiersoupir has already reported, it looks like this feature is going to be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers only.

We all know about the benefits provided by PlayStation Plus; with it costing around £40 GBP a year, you have benefits such as automated overnight game patching/firmware updates, £200 GBP worth of games every year – with a few more bells and whistles added on (i.e. early beta access for certain games).

For me, the Save Game Cloud is going to be an important feature, however – even though I stressed in a previous article that I would be happy to pay a premium for a ‘Save Game’ Cloud in order to protect my game saves, I’m not too sure I may take advantage – even though it’s less than £1 GBP per week for PS+. I currently do not subscribe to PlayStation Plus. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t appealed to me – yet. I don’t mind doing manual updates for games and firmware, and even though you are given lots of free games, etc, you don’t get to keep them after your subscription finishes – that’s quite a bummer.

Regarding my comment above about not being sure about taking advantage of PS+ due to the introduction of a Save Game Cloud, it’s not that I don’t want to pay the money – it’s more to do with the ongoing commitment of paying the premium each year – for my game saves.

If you decided not to continue with your subscription after the current one expired, what happens to your save games stored in the cloud? For some reason, I feel this feature should be sold as a separate service and not be tagged onto the end of PlayStation Plus. I may be wrong.

Are you going to subscribe to PlayStation Plus just because this feature is being introduced? Share your thoughts with me in the comments box below.


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