How often do you use cloud saves?

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#1 Posted by Deathawk (344 posts) -

Personally I have never used them. I don't have much reason. Yes, my hd is small (I got my 360 in 2006 and never upgraded) but usually I'm only playing a couple games at a time, and if I decide to go back I usually start from scratch. Combined with the fact that your purchase history is stored on Xbox Live (meaning I can easily redownload old Arcade titles) and I almost have no reason to use it.

So what about you?

#2 Posted by believer258 (13380 posts) -

Never. Though I can see the uses of it, I have no intentions of ever using it. It seems like a flash drive would be far more practical and less cumbersome.

#3 Posted by Demoskinos (17103 posts) -

Never. If I had to move between consoles or something like the Giantbomb guys often do then I'd try em'.

#4 Posted by Tylea002 (2383 posts) -

Tried once, didn't work, haven't needed to since that one time.

#5 Posted by DeF (5274 posts) -

is that a a gold exclusive feature or do us silver members get that, too?

#6 Posted by zombie2011 (5393 posts) -

i have one xbox so i don't need to use it.

#7 Posted by Mike76x (559 posts) -


My son does use it all the time when he wants to play on my 360 in the living room.

#8 Posted by Toms115 (2327 posts) -

used it once, thought it was cool. not been used since. does it save a local copy as well as a cloud copy, or just the cloud copy? if it does both i might start using it again.

#9 Edited by Zacagawea (1666 posts) -

@Toms115 said:

used it once, thought it was cool. not been used since. does it save a local copy as well as a cloud copy, or just the cloud copy? if it does both i might start using it again.

Most games let you have two of the same saves. ME2 for example doesn't. It only lets you transfer, not copy, to anything.

#10 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1244 posts) -

Never. Don't have any reason to.

#11 Posted by DarkHeroZark (180 posts) -

@Toms115: The Xbox saves a back-up of the cloud data on the HDD

#12 Posted by sopranosfan (1965 posts) -

Never as well.

#13 Posted by Dimsey (1116 posts) -

Haven't had reason to yet, but I'm glad it's there regardless.

#14 Posted by Pitta (221 posts) -

Everyday. All my saves are on it. I can be using one of around 5 xboxes at any time during the day, so it's super handy.

#15 Posted by Vexxan (4627 posts) -

Didn't work when I tried to use it.

#16 Edited by MetalBaofu (1509 posts) -

I've used them for two reasons so far. First time was to move saves from my old small HD to my new bigger one. Second time was when I ran into a problem with my second character on Skyrim. The save wouldn't load, but I found out that if I moved it to the cloud and tried loading it from there, then it would work. Plus, having one character on my HD and the other in the cloud helps me to avoid accidentally saving over the wrong file or something. I most likely won't use the could any more than that, though. I never play on a different Xbox.

#17 Posted by BakingPanda (23 posts) -

I've been using mine for Skyrim mostly. Going over to a friend's house to show him my house, loot, etc.

#18 Posted by amardilo (154 posts) -

All the time. But the disk space they give you (512MB) is way too small to keep all my saves so I tend to just keep the saves of games I am currently playing and ones that I have either not finished or want to keep a back up of.

My main concern is my HDD failing so keeping them in the cloud seems to be worthwhile to me.

#19 Posted by dagas (3115 posts) -

@BakingPanda said:

I've been using mine for Skyrim mostly. Going over to a friend's house to show him my house, loot, etc.

Your friend doesn't have the game then I assume? I mean it's not like you can costumize your house a lot and there isn't that much loot in the game to get anything that looks unique. One person's house looks about the same as another person's house. It's too bad you can't even choose a theme like in Fallout 3 (although the love theme was the only correct choice anyway).

To answer the question, I have never used cloud saves.

#20 Posted by JasonR86 (10071 posts) -

Very rarely. I've only used it to hold my older saves I don't want to get rid of (for some reason).

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

I don't have Gold, so absolutely never.

#22 Posted by zyn (2765 posts) -

I used them, until my Gold expired. So I moved them back from the Cloud to the internal HDD.

#23 Posted by ajamafalous (12686 posts) -

Does Steam count?

#24 Posted by GinjaAssassin (171 posts) -

I only save over cloud right now. I like storing things locally, but I am still on a launch 360 and I know one day it's going to die on me and there's the chance I can't recover those saves. 100+ hour Skyrim saves gone forever = utter depression.

#25 Posted by BakingPanda (23 posts) -

@dagas: He has the game but not my save file. It was just easier to show him something or if he was out I could play my file as well. Just convenience I guess.

#26 Posted by UitDeToekomst (798 posts) -

haven't used it yet and don't anticipate doing so unless something drastic about my gaming habits change, or i grow worried about the stability of my (relatively new) 360.

#27 Posted by PerryVandell (2207 posts) -

Never, as I only have one Xbox and don't like gambling when there's nothing to gain.

#28 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5010 posts) -

Never. I don't want to give the clouds a chance to rain on my parade.

#29 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1289 posts) -

I only use the cloud when I play games that I know i'm going to play at a friends place. So mostly the multiplayer focused games like Battlefield.

#30 Posted by JoeyRavn (5166 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

Does Steam count?

If it does, constantly. If not, never. Mainly because I haven't touched my 360 since last December...

#31 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Yeah I only use cloud saves anymore. They load instantly and I don't have to take a USB key every time I want to move between my living room and office.

#32 Posted by sup909 (245 posts) -

Im putting my new saves on there and moved a couple of ones I felt were "important", but I am not trying to move all of my back catalog over.

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I've never used them

#34 Edited by Cloudenvy (5877 posts) -

I've never touched the cloud!

#35 Posted by Witzig (364 posts) -

I use it for Skyrim and that's about it.

#36 Posted by GunstarRed (6021 posts) -

As soon as my 360 started making funny noises in February I started making cloud saves. I have the PS3 saves set to automatically update also.

#37 Posted by Mcfart (1905 posts) -

Never. Flash drives....

#38 Posted by HandsomeMuffin (117 posts) -

I use it all the time. Transferring saves from my xbox to my girlfriends is so much easier now. And as an added bonus to it you can finally keep your gamertag on multiple consoles! No more USBs!

#39 Posted by KaneRobot (2396 posts) -

Never. Seems like something I won't pay attention to until when/if I buy one of the next gen consoles.

#40 Posted by Bollard (6922 posts) -


This thread seems pretty conclusive, literally the only guys who think this is awesome are journalists like the GB crew. Leaves you wondering what else they're out of touch with... :P

#41 Posted by DallasTheGamer (158 posts) -

Not so often. I only put my saves there when I've finished a RPG like Lost odyssey or Tales of vesperia just to be sure I keep them if something crazy would happen with my 360.

#42 Posted by AjayRaz (12724 posts) -

i go to my friend's house a lot so i have my EDF2017 cloud save so we can just boot that up and blow stuff up if we feel like it. apart from that i don't use it because the games i want to carry around on my cloud don't allow save coping.

#43 Posted by RHYMESCHEME23 (77 posts) -

I've been using it a lot lately, mostly because I ran out of space on my main memory hub and I'm too lazy to buy a new one.

I've some cleaning up to do. I know, I know.

#44 Posted by plaintomato (616 posts) -

To back up saves when your done with a game you might revisit someday? Like Skyrim? Cause someday being, well someday, who knows if you might have the same box that day...

...or maybe the saves will carry over to a fully backwards compatible Xbox 1440 in 10 or 20 years when Half Life 3 is totally retro and USB is obsolete like "what? why not a 36 pin parallel cable?"

#45 Posted by clstirens (854 posts) -
#46 Posted by DillonWerner (1603 posts) -

Never. Don't even use my X-Box anymore.

#47 Posted by Vandical (17 posts) -

The Xbox 360 cloud system saved me. Bit of a story but back in February (Valentines day actually..) someone broke into my apartment and stole my 360's. Yea really... I had just got back from taking my GF at the time to dinner to find my place ransacked... While yes the initial dollar investment lost in the 360, headset, controllers, memory cards, etc sucks but its all the time I've spent in each game that was now lost that really hurt. I was especially freaking out because I'm a huge Mass Effect fan and was now facing the possibility of not having a character ready to import.

Luckily the day prior I was messing around with my ME1 saves trying to get the ME2 importer to work. Apparently I had put the last save file over (before the last Saren fight) on the cloud and not the end game save by accident. I had forgot about this and was doomed and gloomed thinking there was no way I could 100% both games before 3 comes out but I turned on ME1 and saw the "continue game" option and nearly jumped out of my seat. Even luckier it was on my insanity run so after a few minutes I was able to beat Saren and get my N7 gamerpic back. So yes, now I use it when I can. Also, I'm glad to find out Castle Crashers and Scott Pilgrim automatically save to the server.

#48 Posted by Getz (3656 posts) -


#49 Posted by Anupsis (358 posts) -

Do not trust it.

#50 Posted by Choffy (482 posts) -

I don't. I like using a USB stick shoved into the back of my Xbox. Probably not the best idea since I can't count many USB drives I've had that have broken, but I like to live life on the edge so it's ok.

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