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January 29, 2011 // 7:24 pm - Today Kotaku (linked above) reports that Sony PlayStation 3 developers have revealed Cloud PS3 Game Online Saving is coming in the Firmware 3.60 update.

To quote: "Cloud storage means that, rather than just keeping your save game data on your PlayStation 3's hard drive, users will be given the option to upload their saves remotely to a server.

The advantage of this is that not only does it save the user space on their hard drive, but since it's tied to a PlayStation Network account, it can be pulled down to different consoles whenever and wherever the user desires.

First rumored all the way back in 2009, there is of course a catch: it'll only be made available to PlayStation Plus subscribers, not the great unwashed. Actually, there are two catches: Sony bundled the announcement with the clause that, because saving games to the cloud "will allow save data with the copy prohibited attribute to be copied into the online storage", developers are able to opt out and bar their games from using it should there be a concern.

Sony will call the process "Online Saving", and it'll be made available as part of the PS3's upcoming 3.60 firmware update."

Cloud PS3 Game Online Saving Coming in Firmware 3.60 Update

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#19 - Jes03 - January 30, 2011 // 5:11 am
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I prefer to FTP and copy ALL savegames to my PC then I have a backup of all my saves NOT $ony.

It's MY console $ony, stop trying to steal every little bit of it.

#18 - B4rtj4h - January 30, 2011 // 4:39 am
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Nice feature! Only a shame there are these snotty Sony things...

#17 - tonyqc - January 30, 2011 // 4:17 am
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It's working for sure I did it many times... copy folder "savedata" in 00000001 and restore it when you need it ...

I had to put a 500G hybrid SSD in my ps3, made a back up of "savedata" and "GAMES"

Restored those folder and my ps3 was like before. Now I'm looking for whih folder in the ps3 contain the settings like video settings and audio settings , etc...

#16 - alchybear - January 30, 2011 // 3:49 am
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my idea of this isn't too good, it's more like a trap on ya and you give them access to your ps3 completly and would catch you doing anything using a jb ps3 to backups and hacks.

#15 - EiKii - January 30, 2011 // 2:32 am
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well AFAIK it won't work, it won't show up on xmp or am i wrong? maybe needs an reboot, i didn't try

#14 - Wonderkik - January 30, 2011 // 1:23 am
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Right, you just need Official firmware 3.60 and a subscription to PSN+ ...

I'll stick to my homebrew enabled free-of-charge PS3 ^^

It's not like I am erasing my saves every day

#13 - pig098 - January 29, 2011 // 11:50 pm
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this just makes it less hassle... like if you have two PS3, then you won't constantly have to use usb go to multiman copy "copyright" save files and such.

Also, you wont even need cfw and multiman to carry around save files.

#12 - tonyqc - January 29, 2011 // 11:23 pm
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Just to help the community I want to lets ppl know that now everyone can make a copy of ALL game save (same if you can't with some games via ps3 XMB) via multiman, just go to dev_hdd0/home/00000001/ and make a copy of savedata

which 00000001 is for the first user

00000002 is for user #2

00000003 for user # 3

#11 - jokr2k10 - January 29, 2011 // 10:34 pm
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About time they actually released a FW update that actually DID something... (useful at least)... but, if you are a jailbreak user or Custom FW user, you can just use MultiMan to copy ANY game save to your USB drive copy prohibition doesn't faze it…..

#10 - pepperor - January 29, 2011 // 10:22 pm
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You should read the article again. Carefully this time because it doesn't say that at all.

The clause, which is a downside for gamers but an upside for devs, because Sony wont force Devs to do the extra work of adding a line of code that links to the online saving. It also means the if the game devs don't want you making backup saves files, Sony too can't put it in their online save servers.