Sony has announced that it too will be slowing down downloads over the PlayStation Network to help maintain internet stability during the coronavirus pandemic.
As more and more countries go into lock down, the pressure on home internet increases, so these measures will help make sure everyone can stay connected over the internet.
Many video streaming companies, including Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, have already reduced the streaming quality to improve bandwidth.
President and CEO of SIE Jim Ryan posted the following statement on the PlayStation Blog:
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 practising 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.