Forgive me if I can't bring myself to rebrand a bunch of publicly networked computers "the cloud," but whatever you call it, Sony's reportedly planning to let you save stuff to it in an upcoming system update.
According to Kotaku, Sony will add the option to place PS3 saved game data on the company's remote servers in its upcoming 3.60 system update. The feature's reportedly called "online saving," and it'll be available only to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
The $50 a year PlayStation Plus membership is Sony's answer to Microsoft's similarly priced Xbox Live. But where Live hides online gaming and services like Hulu and Netflix behind the pay wall, PlayStation Plus leaves them gratis while focusing Plus perks on additives like free games, exclusive demos and betas, full game trials, and online store discounts.
Add online saves that'll "follow" your PlayStation Network profile, a feature Microsoft's Xbox Live--which also employs online information profiles--doesn't currently offer.
There's a gotcha, or at least a potential one: Kotaku says Sony's planning to let developers opt out if they wish. Who would? Think games like Rock Band or Demon's Souls, which for various undisclosed reasons (read: to thwart hacks) disallow copying of the save game file.
That said, I'm not sure I'd ever use the feature. I'm never at a friend's place wishing I'd brought my Heavy Rain or Killzone 2 saves along. Isn't that what USB keys are for? And forget the "saves you space" angle. In all the years I've had my PS3, my saved games come out to less than one percent of storage, total. Note: Don't confuse save games with "saved game data," which is something else, does take up a lot of space, and has nothing to do with the service Kotaku's talking about.
But okay, it's optional, hypothetically harmless, and the one time I end up actually needing it, I'll probably be grateful.