Sony’s latest PS3 firmware update 3.60 brings a brand new feature for PlayStation users. Actually, for now its only for the PlayStation Plus users. You can now upload all your PS3 Game Saves to Sony’s Cloud storage space for safekeeping and anywhere access. They have also added a twitter based customer support system @AskPlayStation.
So from now onwards if you have any trouble setting up your PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PSP or with the PSN just shoot tweet your question to @AskPlayStation.
Getting back to the new cloud storage service. Presently, the feature is only available to PlayStation Plus subscribers which is a premium service costing $49.99 annually.
This feature allows you to upload upto 150MB data or 1000 game saves. Trust me, that’s more than enough for even the most fanatic gamer. There are two great advantages of this.
Firstly, your game saves are now safe. If you are a gamer you’ll know how valuable the game saves are. In fact, they are the most prized possession we have on the console. Even more dear than the game disc itself. So now you don’t have to worry about taking regular local backups. In case your system corrupts and needs to be formatted, your game saves will all be back.
Secondly, you can sign in to any other system using your PSN credentials and have access to your Game saves. Going to your friend’s house. Pick up your gameplay from exactly where you left it. Great, right!
Sony has announced that “most” games will already be compatible with this feature. Of course, all future games will definitely have support for this new feature in-built.
The PS3 3.6 firmware went live on March 10th, 2011 and you can download it directly on your PS3 by navigating to Settings > System Update or Download the update to your computer and update manually using our guide.
I really think the cloud storage is a boon for all gamers and that other console makers should also incorporate this feature. This might give Sony’s PS3 an upper hand over the other game consoles in the market. Read our comparison of the Xbox Kinect & Ps3 Move.