Sony slows PlayStation Network downloads throughout Europe

Joanna Estrada
March 26, 2020

But it's also a bandwidth-heavy one, and Microsoft, Sony and others are working to make sure that millions of people downloading enormous games don't suck up all the bandwidth.

The situation is very much the same on the other side of the great console divide, with Sony also confirming that it is taking steps to preserve access to its services for everyone.

Jim Ryan posted on the PlayStation Blog about the company's efforts to assist internet service providers (ISPs) by slowing and delaying game downloads.

We believe it is especially important that we do what we can to help manage the internet stability issues that arise when an unprecedented number of people participate in social confinement and become increasingly dependent on the internet.

Obviously, with more people at home, the use of the internet is at an all-time high.

As you can see in the statement, for now online gaming will not be affected, only downloads.

The format holder noted that there may be slower downloads speeds than usual, but overall, the experience should still be robust enough for online gaming.

Unfortunately for Sony Interactive Entertainment, many users are less than excited about this move.

Let's take a look at what this description means for PlayStation 4 users.

Game developer Martin van der Wolf weighed in with, "I had no idea Playstation could lower their download speeds even further". However, he later added, "Joke aside". The game is of 80-gigabyte download, which is equivalent to dozens of movies on Netflix.

PlayStation 5 might have a Pro version based on the new statement of Sony's Executive Vice President, who hinted this possibility.

Some are already formulating conspiracy theories based around the slowed download speeds.

As pointed out by major USA content delivery service Akamai in a blog post, "a software update for a modern game generates an amount of traffic roughly equal to 30,000 web pages".

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