Need some extra storage in your PlayStation 3? Don't feel like getting a bigger hard drive? Are you a PlayStation Plus subscriber?

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has announced that online storage for game saves will be available exclusively to Plus members. Those who choose to do so can back up their save data to the "cloud;" this new feature arrives tomorrow and will be automatically enabled for all Plus subscribers (provided they have the latest software update, v3.60). You'll be able to store up to 150MB of PS3 save data and a max of 1,000 data files per PSN account, and if you're wondering, "copy-prohibited save data" is indeed supported. The press release says "most PS3 titles will be compatible with online storage for game saves." This is probably a great option for the hardcore gamers who have a lot of data and don't want to lose any of it. It'll also help if you switch systems and want to transfer data that is "copy-prohibited."

Lastly, it's another reason to be a Plus subscriber. If this new feature is enough to convince you, a 3-month membership is $17.99 and the annual subscription is $49.99.

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frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

oh this is so sweet, wish they would have brought this out a few months ago. then i would still have some of my game saves. sucks the network will be down all day for this. but oh well this is a feature worth the network being down for. cant wait for more psplus goodness

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

YAY!!! I sent in a tip about this, don't know if it was me or if you guys already knew, but either way this is the best news ever

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

I think I got it. I already had the press release in my inbox, but I still appreciate the tip. 🙂

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

They're making it harder to resist becoming a Plus member.

EddPm6
EddPm6
9 years ago

being a plus member is the ISH. i always have something to do now. There is no down time between games because i keep getting new ones.

NazzyQ
NazzyQ
9 years ago

I think most PS3 owners aren't short of hard drive space these days, since the current models come with a fairly generous 120/160gb unit. The two real advantages of this feature are that you can back up your save data in case your HD is corrupted and that you can easily access your save data on a different PS3. Pretty neat.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

The thing is, this will let you save to the cloud within a game, so you can play on any PS3 you like, and as long as your PSN information is correct you will get to your saves. So it's not just about hard disc space.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Don't forget it's also good just in case your PS3 dies on you and lose all of that data.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

This is one of those features that I put right at the top of my wish list for Playstation Plus. This is a perfect illustration of the premium services that people would accept paying for because they are an enhancement to the basic service offered by the console already.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Highlander, I don't know. Look, it is a good feature no doubts, but remember, Sony is a very "clever" corporate machine. To the unsuspecting PS3 user, if they are made to believe they really need it, they will catch you.

You will get a plus subscription and once you are hooked it is difficult to ween yourself off it. All these features that are becoming available for Plus subscribers only are being done really to try and convert as many people onto a PSN subscription as possible. Sony would rather have you sign up because they know it is a hassle to get rid of the subscription once you have it, and if the amount is not huge per year, you probably wouldn't bother weening yourself of it anyway. Its more money to Sony but what are really getting back in return. Are the features that useful.

I spent 100 dollars and got myself a 1 Terra byte internal drive for PS3, I have enough space for 5 years and then some; and a simply do a quick game save to back every month or so. It saves me the yearly sub that can go toward a AAA title.

Personally I don't see it as necessary, but I am sure a few here will enjoy it. But I do ask, think before signing up for this, it is another cost to your wallet.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"


Last edited by Qubex on 3/9/2011 8:23:26 PM

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

@ Qubex

Granted more Plus members would be beneficial to Sony but the underlying fact is that people still have an alternative choice. We can stick with our hard drives and just continue to do routine backups if we so please. I think that if a person is okay with supporting this particular company called Sony, than it won't be that big of a deal to continue to pay 50 bucks a year for this subscription. I think Sony has shown us that they give us quality.

On any note, the point I'm making is that we are still given a choice. You just have to choose which one is better for your lifestyle.


Last edited by shadowscorpio on 3/10/2011 1:09:47 AM

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
9 years ago

Qubex, Playstation Plus, IMO, was worth the $50 a year BEFORE cloud saves. Cloud saves is a WELCOME addition. Just making our membership investment all the more worth it.

It is up to Sony to continue to provide good value in order to keep up their Plus member numbers, and thus far, I see a company that is trying hard to do just that.


Last edited by MyWorstNightmar on 3/10/2011 10:22:52 AM

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

If only this was available earlier this year! My roomie upgraded his PHAT 80 gig to 500 gigs, and we lost our Dragon Age: Origins save files! I wanted my bastardly deeds to transfer into Dragon Age 2, but alas, I just had to pick the closest preset. Still, it was entertaining to see Alistar (spelling? IDC) drunk and pining about his Nobility!

Anyhoo, love being a PLUS member and can't wait for the maintenance to finish. Got the Mortal Kombat demo downloaded and installed, but can't play it until I accept the EULA!

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

I downloaded and played the demo, you will not be disappointed.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

To my surprise the game is running on Unreal and looks much better than most Unreal productions this generation.

CONTRABAND
CONTRABAND
9 years ago

When you upgrade the HD make a clone of the old one on the new one, you wont loos a single thing.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

oh right yeh make it just for plus 🙁

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

It is a premium service and that is what PS+ was designed to be.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

You get what you pay for. 🙂

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

I agree with Godslim. But also Coverton, but the 3 month one doesn't seem to bad it's a good price, and especially if you have a tight budget with money. It seems doable to me, money has been very tight for me with medical bills and personal stuff.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Honestly, Plus paid for itself within the first month.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Indeed, Jawk. That's what i hear as well from people who have it, so when i get the money and a PS3 I'm hopping on that train.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

It's an enhancement to the existing ability to save to your local HDD and backup to a local storage device. it is therefore, by definition an premium service, which is precisely what Plus is for. This way no one loses out on any functionality, as this is an enhancement to existing functionality. But those that wish to have the enhancement can pay for it.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

@Highlander

Exactly! Sony introduced a program for people that, if they so chose, could purchase and have enhancements to things that they already have on the console. This is the first "real" enhancement I have seen. The free games and early or exclusive demos and betas are nice but not true enhancements to pre-existing capabilities. This is, and if you don't want to pay then you don't get the enhancements, it doesn't hinder the core functionality, you just don't get the enhanced functionality.

Yeah, money is tight for some still. If you can't afford it, or don't think it's worth it then just don't get it, it doesn't hurt you not to have it, but don't complain that you don't get the extra things.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

@All, According to some Sony should just give everything away for free. Oh, and lets not forget the mandatory… "What? Not Cross Game Chat?!!!"

Cant make everybody happy.

@Godslim, Not you in particular. I would prefer that Sony made it available to everyone as well but this is well worth the price of admission.

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

wow mega thumbs down hehe
i just think this type of thing should be made for everyone and the problem i have with plus is alot of the discounted stuff just isnt my bag and im already an eu beta testers so get the betas before plus anyway

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Nice. Now I can properly back up my locked saves. 3 times! I lost my Killzone 2 data. Even this last time, I just did a back up and restore and the data still didn't read when I tried to load my game. Hopefully this will eliminate the worry of losing locked save data in the future.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Indeed, i lost my save data for Demons Souls when my PS3 died on me, now when i get PS+ and a new PS3 i can be worry safe now, I only had 4 or 5 more trophies and i would of got a platinum. :/

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ah dude, that's terrible. Especially considering how hard Demon's Soul's is. I congratulate anyone who achieves Platinum in that game.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Same, it can be very tough if you make a mistake. But when i get my new PS3 I'm not going to give up on that i can tell you right now, the monsters are going to fear me for pissing me off. Lol

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

@Clamedeus,

Aren't your trophies still on the PSN. Unless Demons Souls is the type of game that only awards certain trophies after a certain level is accomplished.In that Case that I feel your pain. I lost years of data so this feature is a godsend.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

It keeps the trophies you've earned but you have to do everything over to build the character up and get the stuff you missed, like the rest of the spells, i had almost all of the spells, i need to finish that Trophy. (I don't have the trophy yet of getting all the spells)

I have all of the Unique weapons i believe, and i need to get a few more stones to finish upgrading the weapons, like Marrowstone for example. Not sure what else i need i can't remember.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

So I dont need like a Back Up Device or a Pro Duo memory stick right?

I can just copy my save file to the cloud storage, go to my 2nd & even 3rd PLAYSTAION3 & use my Copy Righted data from cloud storage, to use my Red Dead Redemption Copy Righted save file with no Back Up Device or a Pro Duo memory stick?

Also how long can I copy & or keep my save file in there for?

BTW whats a run-on sentence?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"Also how long can I copy & or keep my save file in there for?"

For as long as you maintain your Plus subscription.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Just wanted to add that, I've been wanting to format my Ps3 for no apparent reason & dont want to lose my data. This will be very helpful.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Awesome, thanks Jawknee.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

So many questions Sony needs to answer. I read that data will be saved for 6 months if your Plus sub lapses.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
9 years ago

I've been a plus member since day one and Sony keeps proving I made a good decision.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

You pretty much get your money back as soon as you buy Ps+ because of all the free things you get!


Last edited by Killa Tequilla on 3/9/2011 1:04:43 PM

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Those who wait will be rewarded, patience is a good virtue to have.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
9 years ago

I couldn't agree more guys! 🙂

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

Well I don't think I'll need extra storage for game saves, those are pretty small, but it's a great idea for backup, because hard drives aren't perfect. Speaking of plus benefits, anyone else play that Mortal Kombat demo? I liked it, but it seems they made it way easier than the old games were.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Its the only fighting game I like. Its my 2nd Mortal Kombat I've ever played, my 1st was on Ps1 & I was too young to remember so I cant say how easy it is. I can tell you though, my fingers hurt from all them combos (Using D-Pad off course). I was using like 1 combo BTW. lol.

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

Wow, make me feel old why don't ya! My first Mortal Kombat experience was on the Sega!

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

I still have Ultimate 3 for Genesis. Great game.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I've been planning to get a new ps3 and well, this has just made sure that before I do I become a plus member.

What will Sony do to make my life easier next?

hadouken
hadouken
9 years ago

Cool I recently bought a three month playstation plus account to play MK early.

My question though is what happens if you had a psn plus account and then don't renew it what happens to your saves?

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Nothing happens to them, they just stay there until you renew the subscription, but you can't use them if you don't pay.

(I believe that's how it is, I'm not certain how this works, I'm guessing it works the same principle as the other features.)


Last edited by Clamedeus on 3/9/2011 1:25:38 PM

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Supposedly the data will remain for 6 months according to the PS EU forums. But On the US PS Blog someone replied and stated that the data will be lost. I'm confused. Sony will need to clarify these details.

I provided a link in a comment below. Pending approval of course.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I'd imagine that there will be a period of time that they hold the data for. But since you are using cloud space, it won't be indefinite since you wouldn't be paying if your subscription lapses. That would be one of those things that has to be *clearly* laid out in the terms and conditions.