Update – March 27, 11 a.m. EST:
As of Friday, March 27, PlayStation has extended its download management plans to include the United States. US users may see lower download speeds in the coming weeks.
PlayStation is joining a growing number of tech services trying to keep the internet stable in Europe.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, visited the PlayStation Blog to announce that Sony “is working with Internet service providers in Europe to manage download traffic to preserve access for the entire Internet community.”
This follows Netflix, YouTube, and Disney + which also seeks to limit its tension on the internet in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Ryan explained how PlayStation’s decision will affect gamers in the short term, writing, “Gamers may experience slightly slower or delayed game downloads, but will still enjoy robust gameplay.”
Essentially, while your game updates and in-store purchases may take a little longer to arrive, it looks like online gaming shouldn’t be affected by Sony’s decision (the increased demand on most multiplayer servers, of course).
Ryan explained why Sony is taking this step, although you probably don’t need to remember the real-world circumstances leading up to it. He notes: “We believe it is important to do our part to address Internet stability issues, as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and are increasingly dependent on Internet access.”
This is not a surprising decision, but it is a responsible decision, given the additional demand currently placed on these services. And if you decide you’d rather spare your PlayStation for a while, then why not give the game that lets you help scientists develop drugs for coronavirus?
And if you naturally prefer to think about something else right now, here is our latest episode of Challenge radar.