Sony slows down the download speeds of PlayStation to maintain the internet capacity for other users
Sony is lowering PlayStation download speeds in an effort to preserve internet capacity for other users who rely on the internet during isolation
- Sony is slowing down download speeds for online gamers
- The measure aims to mitigate the effects of crowded broadband
- Isolation orders caused by coronavirus have flooded networks everywhere
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Sony locks down the speed of PlayStation download times to preserve internet capacity for other users.
According to a blog post by the technology giant, it is working with Internet service providers to slow down game speeds in the US after previously taking the measure in Europe.
“We believe it is important to contribute to addressing concerns about internet stability as an unprecedented number of people distance themselves and become increasingly dependent on internet access,” the company wrote in a statement.
The measure aims to mitigate the effects of an influx of online gamers caused by a persistent coronavirus pandemic.
Sony has decided to lower download speeds for online games as people flock to the world of online games and other services
Because people everywhere have to stay at home because of isolation measures, the demand for online services, including games, has increased enormously.
The company says the move means that online gamers will experience “slower or slower” times, but has promised that online gameplay will still be “robust.”
“We will continue to take appropriate steps to do our bit to help ensure the stability of the Internet as this unprecedented situation continues to develop,” Sony said.
Sony will join other tech giants like YouTube, Amazon and Netflix to reduce the quality of their downloads to meet the increased demand.
Due to the abundance of concurrent users, Netflix experienced widespread outages this week.
Thousands of reports flooded the outage detection site, downdetector.com and social media earlier this week, with many reporting they were unable to access the site and app, both of which refused to load.
Likewise, an increasing number of people at home have put pressure on services that depend on the internet and even the internet infrastructure itself.
Among those who burden the network are online gamers who have used their consoles as insulation sets around the world (stock)
In the UK, major mobile networks, including O2, Vodafone and others, went down last week as millions of British workers started working from home.
Interruptions in the UK suddenly experienced that they were unable to make voice calls with their cell phone and experienced patchy connectivity.
Fellow gaming titan, Microsoft also saw widespread outages of its Xbox Live service amid increased demand last week.
It is not clear whether the company will record download times in the same way to handle the increased usage.