Setup was rather painless. Upon insertion of the Game Genie into an open USB port on my Windows 7 PC, I opened up the drive and simply double-clicked on Setup.exe, which launched the installation. Once installed, the program then downloaded the newest updates.
I then removed the USB drive from my PC, inserted it into an open USB port on my PS3, and backed up my game saves from the Save Data Utility on the PS3’s XMB to the USB drive. Then, I plugged the USB drive back into my PC, launched the Game Genie software, and the program showed me what games I’ve played had available cheat codes (highlighted in orange).
Double-clicking on the game then brings up a list of game saves that were backed up, and double-clicking on the game save file will bring up a checklist of available cheats. Simply check the cheats you want to apply to that save file, click Apply, click Yes on the overwrite warning, and your file is uploaded, the codes applied, and the file downloaded back to the USB drive. Close the program, remove the drive from your PC, insert the drive in your PS3, navigate to the Save Data Utility on the XMB, and copy your save game files with applied cheats back to the PS3.
When the Game Genie first arrived for review on July 28 (11 days after street date), only two of my games had cheat codes available, with two more added just this week. At press time, according to http://thegamegenie.com/ps3/
There is also an Advanced Mode, which is basically a HEX editor, for the not-so-squeamish hackers who want to try and create their own cheats from their saved game files. For me, that is just asking for trouble, so I did not even attempt to use this mode. One thing the Game Genie will not do is unlock on-disc DLC enhancements, and Hyperkin has stated that if they discover this has happened in any of the cheat codes in their database, the cheat will be removed.
In summary, Hyperkin’s Game Genie for the PS3 does as advertised, allowing users to access in-game enhancements to assist them in enjoying their game with reduced frustration. Although the database is somewhat limited (versus the number of games released on the PS3 platform), based on the number of additions since the product’s launch is encouraging, and I hope the manufacturer can keep up the pace of their updates. Hyperkin also makes a Game Genie for the Nintendo DS/3DS platform.