PlayStation Network downloads have slowed to reduce pressure on the internet in the US and Europe

Sony Interactive Entertainment is reducing download speeds from its PlayStation Network in an effort to “help preserve access for the entire Internet community” as people isolate themselves and increasingly rely on Internet access for life. daily. SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan announced the move on the PlayStation Blog on Tuesday, saying he is working with Internet service providers in the US and Europe in an effort to “ensure the stability of the Internet” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We believe it is important to do our part to address the stability issues of the internet as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and becoming more dependent on internet access,” said Ryan. His statement implied that the bandwidth used for multiplayer and other network features would not be affected.

“Gamers may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads, but they will continue to enjoy robust gameplay. We appreciate the support and understanding of our community and their contribution, as we take these measures in an effort to preserve access for all. “

Sony’s move follows similar efforts by streaming providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney Plus, Amazon and Apple to lower video quality in an effort to reduce strain on Europe’s internet infrastructure.

Update (March 27): On Friday, Sony announced it intends to reduce download speeds for PlayStation Network users in the US and Europe. This story has been updated to reflect the change. Here is Sony’s statement:

Starting today, we will take similar steps in the United States and continue to take appropriate action to do our part to help ensure the stability of the internet as this unprecedented situation continues to evolve. We are grateful for the role we play in helping create a sense of community and entertainment in these very difficult times. Thanks again for your support, your patience and for being part of the PlayStation community. Please stay home and stay safe.

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