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When you play a game on your PlayStation 3, your save data is stored locally. PlayStation Plus subscribers get the added benefit of storing their saves in the cloud. In both cases, your game saves are linked to your account. Most of the time that’s a non-issue. At other times, however, it’s a serious impediment not being able to use other people’s save games on your PlayStation 3. Luckily, there’s a way around that; a way to explore a friend’s save game (or one you found online) on your PS3.

Why You’d Want To Use Other Save Games

Messing around with your PlayStation, something can always go wrong. A nephew deletes the account on your PlayStation 3, or your hard drive fails and is corrupted (might be a good time to upgrade your HDD How To Upgrade Your PS3 HDD How To Upgrade Your PS3 HDD The days of having a slot-in memory cartridge are far gone - a few hundred gigabytes would be modest by today's standards. Let's upgrade. Luckily, Sony made it really easy and user-serviceable to upgrade the... Read More ). It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where all your data goes down the drain. As always, making preemptive back-ups of your PS3 save games How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves Read More is the best solution. But if you didn’t, the hindsight will do you little good. That copy of Lego Batman you had almost finished? Gone. The map and properties you unlocked in GTA V? Never to be seen again.

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You could start over. Clean slate, working up to your earlier level of completion. You could, but most people wouldn’t. Downloading another save game that’s at 100% won’t give you the same level of satisfaction (it’s not your save), but it’s the easiest way to access that end-game content.

Even if your save games didn’t get lost, there’s no shame in downloading and playing with other save games. Gaming is first and foremost about enjoying yourself; if you like to mess around in GTA GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos We have compiled a list of 10 of the best GTA V videos released so far; all embedded below for your delectation. Read More without running through the story first, go right ahead.

Where To Find Save Games

A great place to look for save games is GameFaqs, which Craig Snyder reviewed in May GameFAQs Is Still Around & Still The Best Site For Gaming Information GameFAQs Is Still Around & Still The Best Site For Gaming Information There are certain niche websites that resonate with an audience to an extent that competitors and alternatives aren't even a concern. When you're on the web and you're looking to browse videos, you go to... Read More . When you search for a game, you’ll find links to the save games in the search results.

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Another place with a lot of save games is The Tech Game, although you have to sign up for an account before you’re able to download files. Finally, if neither of those pan out, you can always try Google.

How It Works

Your save games are associated with your console and user account. They are signed with a key from your PlayStation, like a certificate of identification. Because other save games are signed with a different key, your PlayStation won’t run them. We will extract your key from one of your own save games and use it to resign the save game you downloaded.

Basically, we will modify the downloaded save game so it looks like it came from your PlayStation 3 all along.

We’ll walk you through the process step by step. You’ll only have to configure the software once, but you’ll have to resign every downloaded save game individually. Don’t worry, once you get the hang of it, it takes but a minute.

0. Prerequisites

You’ll need access to:

  • A USB stick or USB hard drive. This doesn’t have to be a large one.
  • A Windows computer.
  • Your PlayStation 3 and the account you want to use the save games with.

Before we get started, first download:

Start with installing .NET Framework 4, then install [PS3] Save Resigner. This will run you through a few other installers, mostly Microsoft developer tools.

save-resigner-install

During the process, some 32 bit installer may fail if you’re on a 64 bit operating system. Don’t worry when you see the error pop up, [PS3] Save Resigner will launch the 64 bit installer right after.

1. Get One Of Your Own Save Games

We’ll need one of your own save games for this to work. Just pick a random one or, if you don’t have any save games on your console, create a new save game first. Pick a USB drive and follow our guide on backing up PS3 save games How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves Read More .

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If you plug the USB stick into your computer, you should see the folder structure USB stick > PS3 > SAVEDATA. In this folder, save games are grouped per game, each in a folder with the game code. This is the same code you’ll find on the side of the game’s case.

For now, copy the save game folder (in the example above, ‘BLES01614’) somewhere on your computer. Keep your USB drive plugged in, you’ll need it later.

2. Configure [PS3] Save Resigner

Open the [PS3] Save Resigner application you installed previously. Select Global Settings and verify that the public keys are already present like in the screenshot below.

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If not, you’ll have to enter them manually. Press Save Keys when you’re done.

SySCON Manager key = D413B89663E1FE9F75143D3BB4565274

KeyGen key = 6B1ACEA246B745FD8F93763B920594CD53483B82

Game save PARAM.SFO key = 0C08000E090504040D010F000406020209060D03

Fallback disc hash key = D1C1E10B9C547E689B805DCD9710CE8D

Next, select Profiles. We’re going to use your original save game to create a template for resigning external save games. Enter a profile name and press Load From Param.SFO and browse to the original save game you transferred to your computer in step 1. In the save game folder, you’ll find a file called ‘Param.SFO’, containing your private keys.

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After you’ve selected your original Param.SFO file, press Add New Profile. A new profile with your name should appear in the top portion of the screen. You can close the Profiles pop-up when you’re done.

 3. Resign A Save Game

Still in [PS3] Save Resigner, select Open > Single Gamesave. (If the Open button is unresponsive, press the drop-down arrow at the right side of the button.) Browse to one of the save games you downloaded or leeched from a friend and select the save game folder.

Select Load From > Existing Profile and select the profile you created in step 2. Close the profile pop-up. The Account ID should now have changed into your profile’s account ID.

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Check if the region code corresponds to the copy you have at home. You can find this region code on the side of the game case. If it’s different, type over your own code in the Region text field.

When you’re finished, select Save to Current USB Drive below. Just put it back How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves How To Backup & Import PS3 Game Saves Read More on your PlayStation 3 and you’re ready to enjoy your new save games!

3.b Fix Unsupported Game (Optional)

Some save games will throw an error when you load them into [PS3] Save Resigner. The application is missing some crucial data it needs to process the save game. If you don’t get this error, skip ahead to step 4.

We’ll use another application to figure out this missing data.

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Download and install Aldos PS3 Tools. You’ll be asked to extract the tools to a folder. By default this creates a folder in your home directory.

ps3tools-install

After extracting, browse to the ps3tools folder and open tools > BruteforceSaveData > BruteforceSaveData.exe. You’ll be asked in a pop-up to configure your profile by loading data from an original Param.NFO file that’s included in one of your original saves, similar to the set-up in step 3.

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In the top right corner, make sure to tick off the checkbox next to Use data alignment. Browse (…) to the folder containing the save game that threw an error. The game should show up in the main panel of the application.

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Right-click on the title and select Bruteforce… The application will work its magic for a minute or two, after which it produces the game’s secure_file_id (the piece of information we were missing). This information will appear at the lower part of your screen, in the Update Account ID tab.

bruteforce-game-key

Copy the entire output; all four lines. Browse to the [PS3] Save Resigner folder (Documents > The Prince of Codes > [PS3] Save Resigner) and open the ‘games.conf’ file. You’ll find a lot of lines similar to the output you just copied. Simply paste it between two other games and close the file.

games.conf

[PS3] Save Resigner now has the information it needs to finish the job. If you go back to step 3 of this guide right now, it should work like a charm.

Will you be playing downloaded save games? For fun or out of necessity? Share your thoughts in the comments section below the article!

  1. Hechss
    August 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thank you a lot!!! I wonder why they put so many obstacles along.... I was playing Ratchet & Clank and I got stuck on the 3rd oading screen... Something might be wrong on my disc. Thanks to a 100% completed save file I've been able to skip the level.

    For those trying to use the program: remember to click the magic button RESIGN before copying it to your USB drive (by the way, that didn't work, so I copied the resigned downloaded save file into my flashdrive manually).

  2. Bob
    June 7, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Good instructions! Just one tip regarding Step 3: You must click on "Resign" before you select "Save to Current USB Drive", otherwise the save game won't work.

  3. Chris Smith
    May 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome job, works perfectly. So glad I found this site. The steps make it so easy a caveman can do it.

  4. JON
    March 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    what did he use to open the.conf file?

  5. Jerome
    November 29, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Does anyone know if this works on ps4?

  6. Al
    November 24, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Can't thank you enough! works great. Download links not working though. Have to find it elsewhere

    • heather
      December 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Were you able to find an alternate link for the aldostool link?

  7. g11275459
    September 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Whats the Password for this? Every time i get to the hightail web page it says i need to login to download

  8. Amy Nguyen
    July 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Works great!!! Thanks!!! Press 'Resign' before 'Save to current USB Drive' to make it work!

  9. Hayder Ali Hussain
    July 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Listen i am using a 64 bit computer and it is not working properly. Therefore im using Hex editor to try and gain access to the codes. Can someone give me the location i know the 32 Digit Console Code is located at "0x140" i also know my Account ID from the Save editor (the only thing i know that works from the Save Editor) all i need now is the User ID. Please someone give me the location of the User ID straight away.

  10. Joshua Landow
    June 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    worked great first time but i think, you got to get rid of the original save from your system, thats on the usb because it overwrites it on the ps3 when i replace it with the new save

    • Joshua Landow
      July 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      now it never works and now it wont tell me a usb is connected, need bug fix

  11. saytu Waghmode
    May 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Aldos tools links aren't working pls help

  12. Rebug 4.70 CFW
    May 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Just to make it a bit easier for you all, When you use bruteforce right click and look for an option to allow use for any profile. Works like a charm for me

    • kpk
      May 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      hi , do you need to decrypt PFD before apply the unlock any profile?

      i tested, but my save file corrupted, seem not working

  13. Neo Granzon
    April 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Hi, I even try pressing the "Resign" button and then save it but it still shows as I'm using another user's save data when I play the game

  14. Rogero 4.55
    April 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I did everything and it didn't work.. I tried over 5 times..

  15. Hosein
    April 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Thanks a lot! It worked. :)

    • Matt
      April 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      really? I'm trying but it just doesn't work, however I have noticed something goes wrong when I hit the 'resign' button... Could that be the problem? If so, how do I fix it? Please help me

  16. Kaminoke
    March 25, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Simon ... i played a Dragon's Crown a lot with some friends of mine. Now i have a 99hours of playtime, and we made it all in local 4player ... but i played it in another user of my own ps3 and now i wan to pass it to my main user.

    Will this process work ?
    Like if i use our data instead of the "downloaded" data ? ...

  17. Rez Adieu
    March 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

    ..did everything you said above, but when I try to load my changed save game in the game (FallOut New Vegas) the game tells me: usb device is no longer available. What to do???

  18. Vinícius
    March 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Ok, I followed the steps successfully and the save works (as in the PS3 recognizes it and loads it), however when I try to load the save the game freezes immediately after.
    Suggestions?

  19. Ryan_Sealey
    February 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I tried this with mortal kombat but the game still detected that it wasnt my save

  20. rodolfo
    January 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    hi Simon, i did everything you mentioned above and i can play the save game but i cant save any progress on to it, i also noticed that the saved game i download it still said the previous owners name. any recommendations ? i would really appreciated thanks

  21. annex
    January 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Well I can't figure it out I did it step by step and it still won't allow me to save on skyrim

    • Ivan
      January 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Annex, it works for me on Skyrim. Like Dave mentioned, Simon skipped part regarding hitting resign button at the end and before final save to USB disk:
      try to hit the button resign before you do this step:
      When you’re finished, select Save to Current USB Drive below. Just put it back on your PlayStation 3 and you’re ready to enjoy your new save games!

      Keep Fus-Ro-Dah :)

  22. Chuck
    January 11, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I cant extract the AldosTools from the zip

    • Rez Adieu
      March 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

      ..me neither???

  23. Dave
    January 4, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Hi! I figured out that this turtorial has forgotten to mention that you should hit the button resign before you do this step:
    When you’re finished, select Save to Current USB Drive below. Just put it back on your PlayStation 3 and you’re ready to enjoy your new save games!

    This fixed my problem with ps3 saying that it is someone else saved game.

    • Mr_Skyfish
      January 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      I'm gonna give this a try when I get home tonight. Thanks Dave!

  24. Jeffrey
    December 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

    What about trophies? Will they automatically show up or how does that work??

  25. jerry
    December 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

    hi there
    tried using this i was able to use the save game but when i try to load the game there is an error that i cant save a new game save because i am using a different account ID

  26. Joneley
    December 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    you can get trophies work with this.
    for some games it works.
    i wonder if you get banned from psn since some of the timestamps on trophies are impossible.
    or if theres 20 trophies with same minute, even trophies like "hard finish" and "easy finish".
    makes alarm bells to ring pretty fast.

  27. asiduhf
    December 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    It doesn't work at all. It either tells you that you are using other's people data, the resigner freezes when you RESIGN it (something you forgot to put in your tutorial) or it never loads the savefile.

  28. Demo
    August 26, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Awesome write up, thank you
    Can you please elaborate on something for me, the bit where you say "Copy the entire output; all four lines. Browse to the [PS3] Save Resigner folder (Documents > The Prince of Codes > [PS3] Save Resigner) and open the ‘games.conf’ file. You’ll find a lot of lines similar to the output you just copied. Simply paste it between two other games and close the file."
    Where exactly do you paste the missing data that brute force crated? This path you provided is not clear to me.

    • Mike
      August 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      its not letting me past anything at all

  29. Mark
    August 23, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I take that back, 4 failed but one did not. However, I was reading that some games don't seem to put that restriction on their game saves. And I already had Visual 2013 on my computer so I cancelled that.

  30. Mark
    August 23, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I ran this process on 5 games and each of them still said "you are using another user save"... the only difference I experienced is that when I was doing the install, it told me the Microsoft Visual version I was running was newer than what it was trying to install. So I canceled though figuring newer was better.

  31. Nils
    August 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I am unable to "bruteforce" the save. The program says it's unable to do it, due to the files being decrypted.

  32. Tacio
    July 16, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I made all u said in the tutorial and my GTA IV imported save game looks normal on PS3 folder, but it just doesnt appear in tha game, it doesnt auto load and dont show up in load games in the game. What do I do?

  33. Aayush
    July 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Update to my previous post. I retried the method and this time it didn't freeze but it shows invalid save on the game.

  34. Aayush
    July 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I was able to successfully complete the procedure and copy the save to my PS3 but when I start the game, the game freezes on the logo of Ubisoft... Trying to use the save of Assassin's Creed III.

  35. Butt
    June 30, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I tried doing this because i lost my save of dead space 2 but when i try to load it it just wont appaer

  36. Levi Hildebrand
    June 22, 2014 at 2:58 am

    So I went through all the steps and I got the new saves on my ps3 but I cant get my ps3 to recognize that there are the saves on it. Either it will load my old save files or if I didnt have an old save for the game im trying to play it will treat it as though its a new game even though I have my downloaded save files on my ps3. Any ideas??

  37. 15VC
    June 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    While copying saves I have the message: file is corrupted; (8001051C)

  38. devin
    June 11, 2014 at 2:11 am

    it says theres a virus on the aldos ps3 tool? why

  39. Ryan
    June 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Every time mine says Pfd tool has stopped working and when I put it in the ps3 it's corrupted. Is that because I'm using a batman Arkam asylum save for my batman Arkam asylum goty game? It does it on gta 5 too nothing has worked yet its it the pfd tool? Is there somebody I can contact by phone somewhere for like some step by step support. Playstation support hand me delete five years of game saves during a call to them for a simple procedure and I can't get them back and only had some backed up so I really want to use this.

  40. AA74
    June 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    when you put a profile name in the initial set up, is it the name of the original user or the new one?

  41. Micah
    April 19, 2014 at 1:44 am

    What if the ps3 tool cannot run because my MSVBVM50.DLL file is missing? I cannot seem to correct unsupported BLUS31211 error (for Final Fantasy X saved game from other console). It still won't let me save since it's from other people's saved games. Thanks!

    Are there other programs that can change the saved file's original account user ID? I understand I won't be able to win trophies and stuff but I just want to be able to save my progress when I re-start from other people's saves. Thanks for all the help and the blog.

  42. Jovi
    March 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Hey so I followed all the steps provided and I've successfully been able to copy the savefile to the ps3. However they all say that my savefile is corrupted. I tried this for Diablo 3 and it definitly detects the file but all the characters are corrupted and hence useless. Any solutions?

    • Simon S
      March 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Hi,

      You'll have to check a few things.
      - Did you load your keys from your own Param.nfo file? It needs to have come from the same account on the same PS3.
      - Is your games.conf file updated correctly?
      - Do you have the same game code (e.g. 'BLES01614'), check your physical disk?
      - Does your USB stick have the correct folder structure? Check step one. You'll need the same folder structure for PS3 -> PC and PC -> PS3. (*)

      (*) e.g. If your game folder is called 'BLES01614-2' instead of 'BLES01614', it'll corrupt your saves.

  43. AriesWarlock
    March 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I needed something like this for some saves that I lost. When I accidentally turned off the power supply before the PS3 finished turning off, my saves were damaged and lost a lot of Batman Lego progress, all "medals" on Heavenly Sword, my Ninja Gaiden saves :(
    So this will be useful. Thanks!!

    • Simon S
      March 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Auch. You won't be able to get your own saves back, but at least you don't have to play everything again in order to access the end-game content. Good luck!

    • Kaminoke
      March 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Simon … i played Dragon’s Crown a lot with some friends of mine. Now i have a 99hours of playtime, and we made it all in local 4player … but we did it on another user of my own ps3 and now i want to transfer it to my main user.
      Will this process work ?
      Like if i use our data instead of the “downloaded” data ? …
      Is ther an easier way ?

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