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Coronavirus: PlayStation reduces download speed in Europe

Coronavirus: PlayStation reduces the download speed in Europe

PlayStation lowers the download speed in Europe due to coronavirus. Almost every day another popular platform reduces the quality of videos. It all started with Netflix and YouTube, where bitrates and resolution are reduced. TikTok followed this and recently, YouTube decided to lower the resolution worldwide as the pandemic effects most of the world.

PlayStation will limit download speeds due to coronavirus

Now, PlayStation will impose speed limits as well. The company announced on a blog post, that after EU Comission asked major video services to lower their speeds and resolutions because the internet slowed down in Europe, Sony decided to follow as well. This limit will be applicable for downloads and updates through the console. And it will only apply to the consoles in Europe. Sony did not mention any other details about the speed limit or for how long they will apply it. Though people expect that these limits might stay until the end of April at the earliest.

jim ryan's blog post about lowering ps download speeds in europe due to coronavirus

Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment said in the blog post: “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.”

It won’t affect online gaming

The restrictions by Sony will only appy for downloading games and applications from the PlayStation Store. PlayStation emphasized that link stability during online games is a priority for them and the company will do everything to prevent their players from being affected by the heavy network load that is currently taking place in Europe.