PS3 cloud saves for PSN Plus members goes live

PlayStation Network Plus subscribers gain the capability to backup up to 150MB worth of save files from their PS3 to online storage space when system update 3.60 comes out tomorrow.


Starting tomorrow, PlayStation Plus subscribers will gain the previously rumored capability to backup save files from their PS3 to online storage space on the service. Yes, the cloud has come to the console. The feature provides each PSN Plus account up to 1000 save files and a combined total of 150MB for game save data. Users will be able to check their available space from the XrossMediaBar (XMB). That data can be restored once per 24-hour period. The system will also support "Copy-prohibited save data," and important inclusion for those who intend to use the feature to play games from different locations.

When it goes live, online storage will work with most existing games, and all games from here on out will include support for it. Using the service is built-in to the existing menus for save files. To back-up, a new selection "Online Storage" will be available from the "Copy" menu. And to transfer back down to your PS3, an "Online Storage" option will also be added to the "Save Data Utility" menu from which you can copy any files to your local machine.

Cloud storage goes live March 10, 2011 as part of the PS3 system software update 3.60. The update also includes "minor features" not detailed in the release. These can be checked on the system update support page once the update goes out.

From The Chatty
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    March 9, 2011 12:00 PM

    Comment on PS3 cloud saves for PSN Plus members goes live, by Garnett Lee.

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      March 9, 2011 12:10 PM

      Helpful feature for game reviewers. I know Giantbomb has been wanting this for awhile. :)

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      March 9, 2011 12:38 PM

      Very cool idea. I hope all consoles do this soon.

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      March 9, 2011 12:49 PM

      Sorry I'm confused... is it possible to play your saved data games on PS3 consoles in other locations or not?

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        March 9, 2011 1:15 PM


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            March 9, 2011 4:19 PM

            To clarify, games can't load saves directly from "the cloud". You have to download the save to the PS3's HDD first....and I think you can only access a save file once every 24hours (I'm not sure if this applies to every save or just copy protected ones), but yes from the sounds of it you can access your cloud saves from any PS3 (in any location).

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              March 10, 2011 11:07 AM

              Does sony even understand what Cloud means?

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      March 9, 2011 1:07 PM

      hey, this one was posted pretty quickly!

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