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How to Cross-Save in Borderlands: The Handsome Collection


Posted March 17, 2015 by

I believe, that there are two types of people in this world: those who like Borderlands and those who love Borderlands–I, for one, love it. You can only imagine how much I drooled when I found out about the Handsome Collection coming to next-gen consoles. Gearbox Software brings about some of the most iconic adventures to date. Now, players will be able to play not only Borderlands 2, but also Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, along with all of its add-on content, in a completely remastered form–The Handsome Collection.

That being said, with only a short week until the release of this collection, Gearbox has given players a bit of a guide to transfer over their previous saves onto next-gen consoles (making sure you “stay within the console family”). First, players will need to download the patch available later this week. This patch will enable cross-save for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Once the patch is all downloaded:

  • “Ensure all versions of the games are up to date with the latest patch (old-gen and new-gen) and you are connected to PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.
  • From the main menu of the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of BL2 or BL:TPS, choose the “Cross Save” (PlayStation consoles) or “Cloud Save” (Xbox consoles), then “Upload Save” function.
  • Once the save has been uploaded, choose “Cross Save” or “Cloud Save” then “Download Save” from the main menu of the PS4 / Xbox One Handsome Collection game for which you’re downloading the save.”
  • **IMPORTANT: Players can only upload one save at a time. If you have multiple saves, then you must upload one at a time, then download it into the Handsome Collection, and then continue to repeat this process.**

On a side note:

  • “The Xbox family of systems can only move saves from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and not the other way around.
  • The PlayStation family of systems can upload / download saves from any system to any other PlayStation system. Think of PS3 / PS4 / PSV as a triangle, and saves can move in any direction (Vita saves are only applicable to BL2 and not BL:TPS).
  • Uploading a save does not remove it from the original system, it only creates a copy of the save on the network.
  • Players will need the day 1 patch for the Handsome Collection in order to download saves.
  • Players will also need the most recent patch installed for PS3 / Xbox 360 in order to upload saves.”

When your saves are all transferred over, here’s what you get:

  • “Character level and all mission progress
  • Badass Points (all of these will transfer, but you’ll get to re-spend them)
  • Backpack inventory
  • Weapon slots
  • Cash and Eridum/Moonstones
  • All unlocked character customizations (heads/skins) ***note that customizations obtained from Telltale’s Poker Night 2 will be added in a patch following launch***
  • Items stored in the bank in Sanctuary”

In addition, according to Gearbox, a few other things will not be transferred over: items stored in Claptrap’s Secret Stash, trophies/achievements, and golden keys. But, that being said, Gearbox has decided to reward whomever plays the games and logs into SHiFT.

These bonuses include:

Borderlands 2:

  • 75 Golden Keys
  • A healthy chunk of Badass Rank
  • Bonus character customizations

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel:

  • 75 Golden Keys
  • A healthy chunk of Badass Rank
  • Bonus unique weapons and character customizations





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Amanda Russell

Amanda Russell