Though it was featured at E3, Hyperkin’s newest device, the Game Genie: Save Editor for PS3, didn’t make huge headlines alongside many of the conference’s other premiers. That being said, this little gadget could bring us back to the days of GameShark and cheat-code websites–an era this writer has personally been nostalgic for ever since the current generation of consoles came into existence.
The Game Genie is a USB device onto which PS3 owners may copy their save files. By plugging the Genie into a PC and booting the Game Genie software, gamers are then able to edit the files using pre-designed code edits from an online database (read: no coding experience necessary). Upon plugging the drive back into their consoles, players will be able to reap the rewards of cheating in the form of infinite ammo, health, money, and so on. According to Hyperkin, “popular games that will have modifications at release are Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”
One of the reasons cheat devices have fallen by the wayside, of course, is that multiplayer has become one of the most important features a game can offer (if not the most important feature). To combat potential online cheating, Hyperkin has made sure to design the device so that none of the pre-programmed cheats will be available in multiplayer, also noting that they will be on the lookout for any that get through the cracks and will swiftly remove them from the database.
The Hyperkin Game Genie: Save Editor for PS3 released today and, according to Amazon.com, it’s only $30.