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Could Microsoft and Sony Offer Online Backups for Game Saves?

Loot Ninja writes:

"How many times have your now-gen consoles kicked the bucket? I'm on Xbox 360 number 10, so I know how it all goes when the dreaded RRoD shows its ugly head. Luckily, my launch 60GB PS3 is still going strong, as is my launch Wii. One aspect of the Xbox 360 and PS3 that has a chance of dying is the hard drive. Because of the many moving parts, hard drives are prone to failure. With the rigorous usage we put our consoles through, it's not out of the picture for one of these to go to the land of dead hardware."

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Lucreto3489d ago

Use a memory stick. I have an 8gb stick and I have all my lastest saves and favourite videos on it.

taz80803489d ago

The mem stick is a good idea but that just doesnt give you the same amount of space as an HDD, but its good in a pinch i guess

drunkpandas3489d ago

The problem with memory sticks, especially for the Xbox 360, is that many game saves cannot be transferred from one save location to another. Developers lock the saves down to whatever hardware ID they were originated from. With the PS3, this isn't as much of a problem.

For the PS3's current backup system, it would be nice if Sony would add a backup option only for game save data instead of everything on the hard drive.

iiprotocolii3489d ago

I think that both MS and Sony are going to have to offer some sort of server-side game save system in order to compensate for the amount of space limited to the HDD's. Of course, unless they're giving us a couple of Terabytes of HDD space to work with (which might be a little expensive) I think it's a great idea.

fiercescuba3489d ago

Could they? Probably. Will they? No. More servers cost money. No one is going to want them to foot that bill.

drunkpandas3489d ago

I wouldn't be against paying a small monthly/yearly fee for this service.

greyishfox3489d ago

We are already paying for Xbox Live. It should be part of the membership fees. A lot of free options out there for backups to the cloud so there is no reason they can't do it for the game saves and user/profile specific items. No point in backing up just the raw data on the cloud.

AuToFiRE3489d ago

Of course they could, the only thing is if microsoft does it first they will patent it and charge money to the users

Capt CHAOS3489d ago

I don't think I want to know what you do with it..

drunkpandas3489d ago

It's about 50/50 with RRoD and Disc Read Errors. It sits on it's own open air shelf, just like the PS3. All of my consoles are completely babied. The Xbox 360 just had some major hardware problems. My current one, an Elite, has been rock solid.

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