150w ago - 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."
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this is a great idea it'll help everyone having an off site backup of your saves. I don't know why people are associating it as an anti-anything move since the statement says it WILL allow the backing up copy protected saves and only saves for games where the devs go out of their way to disallow it seperately (not the same as copy protecting a save) won't be compatible. Don't really agree with it being only for PS+ subscribers though.
Something like this has nothing to do with piracy, Sony is not being big brother in this sense, there are offering new services to promote their plus subscription membership, not stop pirates, that's what their legal division is working on. It is just another backup source, so instead of of just a hdd or external medium, you have the 3rd option.
An online server that is not in your current location, so in case a nuke goes off somewhere near my house and all my data gets erased, I have a secure off site location that is housing my data. If Sony chooses to monitor the saves and ban people. then let them, it will help stop douche bag cheaters from flooding the online servers of games and ruining the over all enjoyment of it.
I NEVER trust the cloud, and looking at Sony's behavior regarding OtherOS, I'm not exactly thinking the best of Sony either plus we have to pay Sony for this "feature" so I have no interest. I've had a PS3 since 2007 and lived without this "feature" they want to do something why not remove that stupidity that prevents us from copying game saves?
I hate formatting my PS3 and have to start from scratch on a game because I wasn't able to back up my progress. prevent copying of game saves doesn't stop piracy, and I'm pretty sure this limitation was there before there were trophies. Let's say it's all about trophy protection (WTF is that anyways) who cares what trophies anyone has, and if some noob wants to have all the trophies for all of his/her games fine but he/she won't receive the feeling accomplishment if they do it from a saved game.
As I see it this is a solution that is a slap in the face to people everywhere, it still won't copy those protected game saves, so you still have to start from scratch if you format the PS3/replaced the HDD. and with external HDD's and USB stick being everywhere, why would I pay Sony money to do something I can do on my own?