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Sony has announced that it will slow down Playstation's download speed to help preserve overall internet speeds and to ease down on internet providers so that they can manage download traffic properly. Sony is the first to announce limits to game console bandwidth during the novel coronavirus pandemic, a number of streaming services began similar practices last week. Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Apple, Disney, and more have started limiting video quality in Europe and in other regions to reduce strain on broadband networks. Essentially, this means people are bound to experience slower or delayed downloads speeds across all these platforms.
SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan took to the PlayStation Blog to announce Sony’s plan of slowing download speeds. Here's te full statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan:
Playing videogames enables players all over the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much needed entertainment during these uncertain times. Sony Interactive Entertainment is working with internet service providers in Europe to manage download traffic to help preserve access for the entire internet community.
We believe it is important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and are becoming more reliant on internet access.
Players may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads but will still enjoy robust gameplay. We appreciate the support and understanding from our community, and their doing their part, as we take these measures in an effort to preserve access for everyone.