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Sony Is Reducing Download Speeds On The PlayStation Network To Keep The Internet Running

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Sony Interactive Entertainment is reducing its gaming download speeds on the Playstation Network to “help preserve access for the entire internet community” during the coronavirus pandemic.


Millions of people are working from home, turning to the internet for their daily living. This, in turn, is causing a lot of video games download traffic as well.


Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO, Jim Ryan made the announcement on the PlayStation Blog on 24th March 2020. He says his team is working with internet service providers in Europe. The reduction in Sony Playstation Network’s download speeds only applies in Europe at the moment.


“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,” Ryan said.


“Players may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads but will still enjoy robust gameplay. We appreciate the support and understanding from our community … as we take these measures in an effort to preserve access for everyone,” he added.

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The move is to ensure that internet users across Europe continue to have access to high-quality internet experience. Gamers will still get quality videos but at low-speed downloads.


Sony’s decision comes on the heels of similar efforts from video streaming providers like Netflix, YouTube, Disney Plus, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple to lower the video quality so as to reduce strain on Europe’s internet infrastructure.


The European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, had previously advised that internet users “switch to standard definition when HD [high-definition] is not necessary”.


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