PS5 makes backing up save data kind of a headache

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If you want to back up your PS5 data, or move a save file from one console to another, it sounds like you could be in for a headache — unless you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

Polygon reports that the PS5 doesn’t offer straightforward support for external storage devices. Sony wants folks using either its cloud storage system or a lengthy “restore PS5” procedure that could be a lot more trouble than it’s worth.


Without a PlayStation Plus subscription, users hoping to protect their save data are left with the “system restore” option, which downloads a compressed backup archive for use with USB drives and, when needed, requires that the destination PS5 be wiped and reset to its factory-default state.

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That’s a pretty big hassle. But Nintendo has similarly made save-data transfers a nightmare during the 3DS and Switch years, so it could be that players expect to have to pay for something as convenient as cloud storage.

As Polygon points out, however, Xbox has been offering this feature free for years.


Sony’s PlayStation 5 launches next week, on November 12, alongside such new titles as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, Godfall, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.