A few days ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that it would throttle download speeds in Europe, today the measure has been extended to the United States.
The announcement was made on the PlayStation Blog.
The house of PlayStation is currently working with Internet providers to manage download traffic and help reduce the strain on the system. This will likely cause slower or delayed downloads, but it’ll hopefully help preserve gameplay. Similar measures have been taken by other streaming giants like Google, Apple, and Netflix.
“UPDATE: Beginning today, we will take similar measures in the United States, and we will continue to take appropriate action to do our part to help ensure internet stability as this unprecedented situation continues to evolve.
We are grateful for the role we play in helping deliver a sense of community and entertainment in these very trying times. Thank you again for your support, your patience, and for being part of the PlayStation community. Please stay home and stay safe.”
You can also read the original announcement by president Jim Ryan.
“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.”
Sony is currently ramping up toward the upcoming launch of the PS5, which is scheduled to release this Holiday season.