Sony Throttles PlayStation US Download Speeds to Manage Strain

This follows the earlier decision in Europe

Why This Matters

More people are staying home, stressing the networks around the globe. Managing the strain is the best way to make sure there are no catastrophic outages.

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Sony has decided to slow game downloads for its US customers to manage the strain on its networks during the coronavirus pandemic response of everyone staying home. The company instituted a similar measure a few days back for European audiences.

What they said: "Players may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads but will still enjoy robust gameplay," the company wrote in a blog post. Sony feels it's important to do its part to address internet stability concerns as people maintain social distance and rely more on internet access.

What this means for gamers: Your online matches won't glitch or slow down any more than usual, but if you're downloading large game files, it may take a little longer.

The bigger picture: Sony isn't the first online entertainment company to come to terms with potential network congestion, of course. Netflix, Facebook, YouTube and Amazon Prime (among others) have all committed to slower network speeds in the wake of the current pandemic.

Bottom line: Making sure the internet exists, even if it runs a bit slower, is essential to our morale as a society. Simple steps like these make a lot of sense in our current stay-at-home situation, and will likely return to "normal" once things settle out.

Via: The Verge

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