PS5 Doesn't Allow Save Data Backup to USB

PS5 Doesn't Allow Save Data Backup to USB

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Matt Lorrigan

PS5 owners have been surprised to discover that the next-gen console doesn't allow save data to be backed up onto USB drives.

At this current time, saved data on PS5 can only be backed up to the cloud, a service which is only available to users who subscribe to PlayStation Plus. On PS4, it was (and still is) possible to simply copy save files onto a USB drive, giving users full access to all of their save data should something happen to the console, and it is unclear why this functionality has been removed on PS5.

This means that any PS5 owners who choose not to subscribe to PS Plus have no way to back up their saved data. This seems particularly troubling in the early days of a console launch, when consoles are most likely to fail, and is made stranger by the fact that the system worked on PlayStation 4 with no problems. This could also pose problems for trophy hunters who need to use backup save files.

As it stands, Sony hasn't addressed the problem on its wide-reaching FAQ, and we hope to hear more soon.

[via Gamesradar]

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  • Right, this is bullshit. I have PS Plus on an account and play on another one. The lack of online storage is already bullshit, as they are on the same PS4, but I live with it. Once my HDD died, and I lost everything I had on my PS4, as I had no backup. Sony screwed me so much, due to the stupid "this account only" system.

    Since then, I backup all new files every couple of weeks to an USB stick. Now, if I can't even do that on the PS5, that will be bullshit. I don't want to lose that much progress anymore, and I do have a PS+ account.

    This is bullshit.
  • Seems like a cheap move to stop folks from using programs like Save Wizard. Companies need to just give up on that shit, let people use it if the want, offline! They way games are being made now days, endless hours of pointless grinding, I don't blame folks from using the software at all. But I don't condone using it with any online competitive game play.
  • @EmptyFibers Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's why they're doing this, but I spent 6 years or whatever with the PS4 not ever knowing they even found a way to do that and it didn't ruin my experience. There's going to be a vast majority of people who have no idea that's even a thing and they're just going to be annoyed that they can't do USB saves anymore.
  • @3 , same with me. I stumbled on it one day and was like, oh, no shit! The thing for me is needing those USB saves for those annoying multiple ending trophies and such. I don't really want to play through most games 2 or more times.
  • I dunno if its just me. Or if you haven't checked lately. But when I looked at my cloud storage (while on my ps5 console) its storage capacity was like 100GB
    I took a double take just to make sure my eyes were working right.
    This shouldn't be that much of an issue if thats the case. Although I suppose the 100GB might just be for ps plus members....
  • Bad move, Sony. I mean, I'm not getting a PS5 anytime soon, anyways, but this is something that would make me switch to x-box.
  • Found this out last week, sad times...

    Thanks to the PS3, I was able to start backing up all my old saves to USB and from USB to my Laptop and hard-drive (cant have enough backups! :D )

    I did the same for PS1, PS2 & PSP game saves with the memory card adapter, then continued this on the PS4 & PSV... very handy to keep things organised, especially if a game releases DLC years down the line (Borderlands 2)

    Guess it will all have to stay on PS+ until there is a work around...
  • That's what happen when you follow a closed garden ecosystem. You have no liberty of using what you when, when you want.

    Crash on using external hard drive, no USB stick. Seriously if you want an open gaming platform, you know exactly where to look for. No need to name it.

    You follow Sony rules, or don't.
  • As I said since te release of the PS4, SONY always copying the worst that the competence had, PS3 online gaming free - XBOX360 online gaming paid = PS4 online gaming paid.
    PS4 can backup save files on USB flash dirve - XBOX One save files only stored in the cloud (PAID OF COURSE) = PS5 saves stored in the cloud only (PAID OF COURSE).
    What's next? Users are tied to a single console like in the Switch?
    I really hope SONY change this crap with an update, AND I DON'T USE SAVE MODIFIERS SONY, I DON'T.
  • You people really need to chill. The console just came out and there are still features that haven't been activated, like the additional SSD. You might want to wait for firmware updates before getting hysterical. In all my years of PS3/PS4 gaming I only needed to save to USB like 3-4 times as precaution, so seeing people here saying they do this regularly is hilarious. Get PS+ with cloud storage, geniuses. Much more convenient.

    PS. All these problems you're having is your own fault because you should never get a console on launch. I hope you learn from your mistakes.
  • glad i'm not one of the many clamoring for a ps5 right now. heck i didnt get a ps4 till 2017, and i dont mind waiting a few more years to get a ps5. let them work out the bugs before i spend half a grand on the ps5.
  • As I said since te release of the PS4, SONY always copying the worst that the competence had, PS3 online gaming free - XBOX360 online gaming paid = PS4 online gaming paid.
    PS4 can backup save files on USB flash dirve - XBOX One save files only stored in the cloud (PAID OF COURSE) = PS5 saves stored in the cloud only (PAID OF COURSE).
    What's next? Users are tied to a single console like in the Switch?
    I really hope SONY change this crap with an update, AND I DON'T USE SAVE MODIFIERS SONY, I DON'T.

    EDIT: Competitors, not competence (That's what I hate from smartphones). Sorry.
  • Hopefully they fix this. Isn't there a restriction of downloading a save file from the cloud once every 24 hours?
    I back up saves onto USB, as I can transfer it over as often as I need to. For most games I don't bother backing it up, but with theHunter it can be very useful, especially if you are trying to do a specific mission.
    Plus one time I started the game up and it had decided that I'd completed a bunch of missions that I hadn't yet. Was really glad I could transfer a backup and fix that problem.

    I thought you had to be PS+ to transfer to USB, or is that Cloud only?
  • @Sedition

    That's only if you want/need to upload it to the cloud you would need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

    @SoPoF

    This would make you switch to xbox? Damn good luck with that. I'm sticking with SONY because of the great exclusives and the launch is proof and only the beginning. If you have to get but hurt about not saving your game saves to a USB device then good riddance.

  • Is it PS5 games only? Can you copy PS4 saves via USB?
  • Blame SaveWizard and save game hacking which was abused to help people cheat in games like CoD. It also helped people get instant plats (which is why Sony stopped the trophy's for cash system a few years back).
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