Online Storage For Game Saves Comes 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.

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  • What an awesome feature! Sony has really made the PS+ service a high value feature. Well worth the money.

  • Ben

    How well does it work if I want to play a game on 2 different PS3s and share the game save? Is it a hassle? How annoying is it?

    • Well, right now you can already copy most PlayStation 3 saves onto a USB stick, move them to another PS3 and continue your game there. It’s a pretty simple process, but I think this new feature makes it smoother, and less of a hassle. It also allows for you to go to your buddy’s house and access your saves. Also, there are some games that do not allow saves to be copied (Dragon Age: Origin was one of them). This new feature should allow even those saves to be moved to Cloud.

  • (waiting for a negative comment about being a PS Plus subscriber)

  • Anonymous

    So does this mean that it will allow for individual 1000 data save files at 150MB per file? This is a sweet deal and a wonderful addition to the PlayStation Plus account.

  • I plan on updating or at least formatting my 80gig harddrive in my ps3 because I’m running out of room I was down to like 3gigs left yesterday but I went and deleted stuff off so now I’m at 15gig hell even one time I was under a gig well anyways this will make it easier for me to do that

    psn: etur0

  • but you can’t upload ps2 save games, so my barbie horse is still fukced….