Sony has decided to slow down the speed of downloading games on the European PlayStation network in order to help provide adequate internet service for everyone.
[UPDATE: Sony has now confirmed via the official PlayStation Blog that the same PSN download slowdowns are being rolled out across the United States as well in order to ensure Internet stability in the nation.]
It looks like Sony will slow down Playstation download speeds of games in Europe for the foreseeable future to ensure that users continue to have access to online features. These steps are being taken in response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus which is currently slowly spreading around the world, causing massive delays and shutdowns in nearly every industry around the world and forcing unprecedented numbers of people to stay. inside and away from public gatherings. .
As more countries and governments begin to publish these “refuge at home” In order to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, more gamers than ever are tapping into services like Steam and PlayStation Plus to hang out with friends and strangers while trying to practice safe social distancing. With so many players accessing online game servers at once, some companies need to take special care so that game servers don’t become too overloaded.
In a recent article on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony said they will deliberately slow down the download speeds of games across Europe in order to reduce the strain on online servers during this period of heavy use. The company declares that it is âWorking with Internet service providers in Europe to manage download traffic in order to preserve access for the entire Internet community. ” Sony admits gamers may encounter “Slower or delayed game downloads“but assure readers that they”will still enjoy robust gameplay. “
PlayStation isn’t the only company that has decided to cut back on its internet usage in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as YouTube recently announced that it will also reduce the streaming quality of YouTube videos. Originally the change was only supposed to take place in Europe, but due to the growing demand for internet bandwidth around the world, the company has updated its policies to include YouTube videos globally. entire, which has led some to wonder if the same could happen to the download speeds of PlayStation games.
While some countries appear to be starting to recover from the coronavirus, others are just starting to seriously tackle the problem. This is likely to have a significant effect not only on the video game industry, but on the entire global economy in the months to come, and actions like those taken by YouTube and PlayStation are things to stop. more and more companies are expected to look to emulate in the coming weeks. Services like PlayStation Now, which streams games directly to consoles, are likely taking up a lot of space that could be used for more important tasks. With a bit of luck, Playstation the game’s download speeds will return to normal as soon as possible, and even if Sony needs to temporarily extend these restrictions on a global scale, hopefully players will understand why.
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