Well at least this explains the server downtime. PSN is currently down for the count, but Sony has revealed that they're taking the opportunity to add an impressive new feature for Playstation Plus subscribers.
Cloud saving, no less. We've got the full details below.
According to the European Playstation Blog, Playstation Plus subscribers will soon be granted 150MB of storage space on PSN servers, allowing them to upload up to 1000 game saves into the cloud. As well as acting as a backup, these save (and safe) files can also be accessed from your profile on any PS3 console worldwide.
Here's how it works:
Simply highlight the game save you want to store in the [Saved Data Utility (PS3)], press the triangle button to bring up the options, select “copy” and then select “Online Storage” as the destination. In turn, you can access your Online Storage list via [Saved Data Utility (PS3)] when signed into PlayStation Network on a friend’s PS3 and download your stored game saves to carry on your game from where you left off.
Some developers use copy protection to defend their save files from nefarious hacking (especially those that deal with online character information and stats), but Sony assure us that these files are compatible with this new functionality. You'll just need to wait another 24 hours.
As with every game and Playstation Plus bonus, these save files can only be accessed for the duration of your subscription. However, they'll be saved for six months before deletion - giving you time to scrimp enough money together for another year. It's a nice touch, and one we didn't expect.
Is this enough to sway us all to invest in Playstation Plus? The jury's still out, but there's no denying that this is a useful innovation that no-one saw coming. Welcome to the cloud, Sony fans.