One of the new features included with the Xbox 360 Dashboard update this week is the ability to store your saved games in the new Cloud Saved Games service. The service is free to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers and allows you up to 500MB of storage for your game saves.
Enabling the feature is simple and is done as follows:
- Login to your console using your Windows Live ID (Xbox LIVE Gamertag).
- Scroll to the Settings tab on the new dashboard, and select System Settings.
- Within System Settings, select Storage.
- From Storage, highlight Cloud Saved Saves and Press Y on the controller (Device Options).
- Select Enable Cloud Saved Games.
Unfortunately, this feature isnâ€™t enabled by default for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers, which I think that it should be, and I also think that as part of the dashboard update, you should be prompted upon first login if you want to migrate your saves to the Cloud, however itâ€™s possible this may come in a later update?
With the shoe on the other foot however, I can see Microsoftâ€™s dilemma. Storage isnâ€™t free in the cloud (contrary to the belief of many). Disabling the feature by default and not automatically prompting people to use the service allows them to under provision storage reducing cost, because your local hard disk doesnâ€™t cost Microsoft anything compared to Cloud storage.
Although the Cloud Saved Games feature has been advertised by people like Major Distortion and other people online, I think itâ€™s been pretty under-played compared to the dashboard update itself, or the Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7 and iOS. Itâ€™s a shame, because the feature is really powerful and adds a new dimension to console, being able to â€˜carry your saves around with youâ€™.