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Storage of Game Saves Online

Idea 313 | Posted in , by | March 17, 2010

If we were able to keep all, copy protected saves included, online on the PSN it would make those of us who play on multiple systems happy. Plus it would offer backup in case of hard ware failure.

It was announced on March 9, 2011 that PlayStation Network’s new online storage for game saves feature will give PlayStation Plus subscribers the capability to back up game save data to the cloud.


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Andrefpvs  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Definitely. As a YLOD victim, losing my saves had me cursing Sony for not thinking of an easy backup functionality such as this.


Daz_Genetic  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I want to vote for this one more than once. 🙂


SeanScythe  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Yeah I lost Killzone, Demons Souls, and many more when my 60gig died a few weeks ago. I was very upset since I backed up all my other saves but Demons Souls was the worst to lose. This needs to be fixed or resolved.


FJ1100_rider  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

it’s already coming as part of the psn subscription services
servers to store everyones saves will be expensive so don’t expect it to be free
I have a usb stick permanently in my ps3 and copy saves a couple of times a week , while it’s not a perfect solution because of the few copy protected saves it works


Steev-veetS-US  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Definitely. Game saves shouldn’t be system-protected but PSN-User-Protected (whatever the ps3 system is). And a Cloud storage system for the game saves (with a local sync, for the one who lose their Internet Connection) is a must have 🙂


DR-IVO  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

eventhough its real easy to backup your saves. its always nice to have something on the go from the internet. this would be great but with an option to choose to sync that way its not always syncing and not putting too much stress on the servers especially during new releases when servers usually become overloaded.


AwRy108  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

IMHO, this is worth paying for. My 60GB PS3 just died, and, thanks to copy-protected saves, I lost 12 hours of gaming progress on Star Ocean.

This is the 21st century, yet I feel like we’ve taken a step backwards since the inception of Memory Cards in gaming: now everything relies on HDD’s that have high failure rates.


gamerstation151  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

They already have storage for game saves. Aparently its coming with psn premium.


DaScorpion  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Even if it was just my game saves. The other stuff I can re-download!


LeoDaLyon  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

This is a great idea, but it would probably be something we’ll have to pay for…


AnimaOnline  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I support this idea. I find myself constantly having to backup my save data just to avoid data loss in the rare event that my PlayStation 3 suffers from a hardware failure.

The feature should allow you to upload all save data, even protected data, to an online server. Preferably, when I save a game it’d automatically save to the online server. However, I could make do with just being able to quickly backup my saves online.


joaryche  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

i would like the option for all game saves online or backed-up so it will free up space for downloading games, movies, music, etc..


jayrockslife  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

This would cost Sony A LOT of money for the server space to store the millions of players saves. If something like this comes, it would have to cost some money. I was stupid and forgot to back up my saves and lost everything to the YLOD last week.. I just wish saves weren’t copy protected. I lost dozens of hours on my rockband career.




pad2007  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Had same idea, make it so sony, plus you can flog us a new service for a fee. I’d buy that for a dollar


Arttemis  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My first PS3 was recently stolen, and not even my ~6 month old saves backed up worked… This encryption is mind bogglingly counter-productive.


JackDusty  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

There is a way, it’s called a usb stick


SableRage  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Its not called a USB stick bc u cant use your saves on your friends account. Unless you make a new account and put in YOur Info and log in, its a hassle.


KILLZONE79  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

hate to say this but, sony has been in talks about this for a while. sony even registered PS cloud


K3ViNPwNz-  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

This is a great idea,I think Sony is already considering it on there PSN gold membership


SirTrigalot  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

@#1 please go to and look of the word “copy-protected”. Those type of files CANNOT be copied to a USB thumbdrive


savethezombies  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thank you.
It seems that the trophy system has messed up the way we save gamesave data.
Honestly, I’d rather be able to backup my game then get trophies. That’s basic.


Gibeon_da_Soulja  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

This would be great, a necessary addition for any system.


Rev_Chris  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

It would be great if these were online or had no copy protection. I cant even transfer my Heavy rain saves to one of my other ps3 systems due to copy protect.


Kiwidust  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:13 pm


Full online backup of game saves (including other “protected” saves like Dragon Age, Heavy Rain, Fat Princess, etc) would absolutely be a feature worth paying XBL prices for.

I was also spanked by a system failure and lost all game saves. A few more general things in this area:

1) Backing up to USB is difficult as you can’t “Copy Multiple” (although the interface to do so exists in other parts of the system it’s not been applied here).

2) Each user needs a seperate flash drive because while the copy creates a folder structure it fails to include a profile folder. Even when each person has their own (as all four of my family does) it leads to frustration when one family member accidentally copies over another’s information.

3) Being able to do a content-sensitive backup would help: backup only game saves (by far the most important data) would let you backup easily to a flash drive. Adding other content (game data, games, pictures, audio, video, whole drive, etc) would let you tailor and prioritize the backup to your taste and available targets.


Kiwidust  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

To continue:

4) The aformentioned “Protected” game saves… I have to assume that this is the default (highest security usually is) but I would stress to developers (even to the point of calling it out in the APIs) that this P*SSES GAMERS OFF.

“FallOut 3” lost sales of all DLC from me because I lost my 100+ hours of gameplay when my system died. “Dragon Age” and “Borderlands” will if it dies again. Some games that protect are clearly laziness – “Hasbro Family Game Night” is a protected save? “Uno”?

I agree that the option should be available to developers, but the raminfications of that option need to be better understood.


SpyDudeFX  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

It would be great, this was listed in the PSN Premium survey posted on many sites.


killer_beast_56  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Definitely a must. If I lost my saves I’d be quite angry, with good reason.



Senjutsu_Dav  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

THAT is a nice idea. I mean, not for a backup, but because we would be able to go see a friend and play split-screen with him with OUR STATS!!!!!!! I mean, how can you beat that?

If I want to show a friend my game, right now, I have to make a backup on a USB-drive, and load the game from it on his playstation 3… With this, we could go play with friends at their house WITH OUR STATS, earning OUR TROPHIES! Now that’s a great idea! =D


BookWyrm2008  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I like this idea, but only if optional. I don’t want to be required to save online.


MAB196811  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

This is a must do and should be number1 on the to do list.

Just suffered 2nd YLOD on 6 months…bought a new ps3 slim on Saturday to replace my dead 60gb.

Loaded up my backed up Uncharted 2 save after rescuing the disk from my dead ps3 only to find that any cash in single player would not count in the multi player games. Basically the new ps3 sees the save as a potential cheat save.

Back up all gave saves online will save a lot of heartache


Thelonicon  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I agree that this would be nice and convenient as a paid service, especially when traveling/visiting others.

However, a better solution would be to fix the backup utility to allow you to both backup and restore ALL saves via PSN account instead of allowing console specific saves.

I have lost hundreds of hours of gameplay progress in Rock Band 2 and Demon’s Souls thanks to the inability to backup and restore these saves on a replacement PS3.


MiguelAMX  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I would love this idea. Sadly my ps3 got the red screen of death. All my saves are completely gone. Especially my long hard fight to get 120% on spyro (ps1) and Wipeout hd and Crash bandicoot warped 105% (ps1). Its sad that i now have to replay these games for the 7th time in my life now just rewin all this stuff. Please allow online backup !! I would pay for it as well.


Rike255  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

More importantly, those of us with multiple PS3s in our house would like cloud storage so that we can play on one system and have our progress show up on all other systems in the house. USB stick is cumbersome and isn’t really easy (without planning which PS3 I’ll be using next), plus many game saves are locked to a specific console.


InyRules  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I APPROVE 100%! Fantastic idea! This would save gamers a lot of grief.



aravenhunter  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I love the idea, I have had to change to lager HDD 3 times and EA and some others have copy protected games saves. If a PSN ID locker could be set up i would be willing to pony up $15 a yr for dedicated server as long as there was a money back waiver in place if for some reason you could not access something you uploaded.


Techni  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

@#5 and you think Sony will let you upload copy-protected saves? There was no need to be as rude as you were.

Cloud storage is a retarded idea.


osirus824  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I’m sorry, but anyone who has lost their data would not consider cloud storage “retarded.” Online backup could offer a seamless, reliable way to ensure that your data is never lost.

I don’t see Sony letting you share your data with friends, as that would allow people to cheat way too easily. But, since this feature would be tied to your PSN ID, I don’t see why copy-protected saves couldn’t be backed up this way.

Everyone’s saves would be safe, and there would be no potential for cheating. Sounds ideal to me.


N35QU1K  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I remember having a similar idea. Even if it was limited to 5 save data titles at a time, or something like that, it would be very useful.


WildPansey  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

totally love this idea. My ps3 died and i lost many hard earned save files. talk about redoing trophy progression. Lost motivation on great games like burnout paradise. It’s a strange terrible feature to lock saves. Why can’t PSN profile be portable like XB Live? Why can’t it jus be DRM’d to ur account only? WHY?!?! 🙁


SirTrigalot  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

@#8 Exactly I lost KZ2, RE5, SF4 saves because of YLOD on my original 60 gig and had to redo all of that again on my 80 gig and now slim.

@#7 it was not rude if you read what #1 was saying.


Menouthis  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Definitely. Especially since there are some saves which can’t be backed up (ie. protected game saves like the one used in Heavy Rain). I don’t want to lose them because PS3 does not allow me to back it up.


Omen_20  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Cloud based storage would be a great premium service (since we know you’re developing one). Look at Dropbox and Ubuntu One.

Build in software for setting it to do it on intervals or every single time. I myself would probably only do it once a week or maybe just do it manually at night before shutting down.


tomstockmail  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:44 am

This is coming… 🙂

It’ll cost money though. Just so you know.


Cuthred  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:47 am

and why would you want to pay money for the most basic feature (to copy/backup YOUR data)?


tomstockmail  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:07 am

This cloud idea is coming. It’ll cost money.

Screw you. Seriously. This is an extra service that those who want can pay for. I don’t care about Cloud storage in the slightest. I have my own backup methods. But DON’T GO AROUND CALLING THIS PLAYSTATION GOLD. PSN as it is now is everything Gold is and better. Calling PS Cloud PSN Gold implies that PSN now is a lesser service, which it isn’t.


ZgJ0K3R  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:32 am

I’ll vote for this

I has 2 PS3 that got YLOD and replaying a game like Tekken/SFIV from the begining again is painful.

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