Metal Gear Solid HD Collection lets PS3 and PSV swap data via the Cloud

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There’s an interesting development in the case of the Japanese Vita release of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The PS3 and PS Vita are going to have cross platform compatibility with some games. That means certain downloadable games will work for both systems, you’ll be able to play online even if people are on different systems and you can share save data. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is going to offer the last feature so PS3 owners who already own the compilation can transfer their save files over to their Vitas and keep playing on the go.

Konami’s taking it a step further though by making it easier to exchange that game data. There will be Cloud storage available. Whenever you save, whether it’s in the PS3 or PSV version, your data will be saved to the Cloud. Konami has a slightly fancier name for it, Title User Storage (TUS), but it’s just your basic Cloud storage option. This way, you won’t have to use Wi-Fi to transfer save files before you go anywhere or when you get back from somewhere. It will be automatic.

Now this is a great idea and I applaud the companies for making sure it’ll be an option available to PS3 and PSV owners, but I can’t understand why someone who owns a PS3 and a copy of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection already would want to buy a Vita version too. Yes, I know voice acting was going to be rerecorded and there will be touch screen controls. That doesn’t seem like enough to merit spending another $39.99 on a copy of a game you already have. Especially since the Japanese version didn’t include Peace Walker. It only had Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater.

Anyways, the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is on its way to Japanese and North American gamers. If you’re in Japan, you’ll get it June 28, 2012. If you’re in the US, you’ll see it before Summer 2012 ends. We’ll have to wait to hear if Konami will include Peace Walker in our Vita version, or if it’ll be identical to the Japanese Vita version and only include Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3.

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