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Hands-on: Razer Game Booster adds synced cloud saves for multi-PC gamers

Razer is giving PC gamers another way to sync save files across devices, for all those times when the game won't do it automatically.

Saved game syncing is a new “beta” feature in Razer's free Game Booster software, which also helps improve game performance and manages screenshots. Game Booster uses Dropbox to automatically copy save files to the cloud in .ZIP format, and then pulls those files onto other PCs where Razer's software is installed.

Setting it up is simple enough. Once you've installed Game Booster and created a Razer login, the software scans for any games on your PC. I have about 80 games on my desktop, and Game Booster found them all in less than a minute. (The fact that I'm using SteamTool to move games between my solid state and hard drives made this all the more impressive.)

To begin syncing, just click on the “Sync Savegames” tab under the “Utilities” section. Game Booster then sends you to Dropbox's website to login, and asks if you want to create a new Dropbox folder for your saved games. You do not need to have Dropbox's desktop software installed.

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Saved  games get archived as .ZIP files and stored on Dropbox.

The syncing process can take a while, depending on how many games are in your library. From the sync section, you can see how much Dropbox space each game takes up, and how much total space you'll need to sync everything. If you're syncing to another PC, and Razer detects a conflict between the local and cloud files, it prompts to you choose which file you want to keep, and helpfully tells you the date of each file.

The only problem here is that Razer automatically backs up all your save games, even if they're already being synced through Steam Cloud, Battle.net or other existing methods. It'd be nice if Game Booster knew which games were being backed up already and provided an option not to store them in Dropbox. As it stands, you manually uncheck each game that you don't want to store. Razer's support for just Dropbox is another drawback, so hopefully support for more cloud storage services will get added later.

Razer's Game Booster isn't the only option for backing up PC save games. Another free program called GameSave Manager can also sync save files to the cloud, and it supports Google Drive and OneDrive as well as Dropbox. It also offers some other useful features, such as easy local backups for saved game files.

However, GameSave Manager's interface and setup process isn't as user-friendly, and unlike Razer's Game Booster, it does require you to install the desktop version of your preferred cloud storage service. If you just want cloud-based saves for all your PC games with minimal hassle, Razer's Game Booster does a fine job.

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