Sony decided to help operators across Europe to reduce congestion on Internet network infrastructure due to the confinement of millions of gamers in their homes. Unlike streaming, Sony decided to reduce the download speed of games and updates from the PlayStation Network, which is sensible considering that during the first week of quarantine the bandwidth used by video games multiplied by 3.
Not only will it slow down, but a game or update download can be automatically paused at key moments, such as Epic Games releasing a patch for Fortnite or Activision doing the same with Call of Duty: Warzone, where we would go from having millions of users downloading an update simultaneously at maximum speed, to having them all with limited speeds and accessing the download in stages. Fortunately, this limitation does not affect online gameplay.
So now you know, if you have to download a game on PC or Xbox, you better go ahead with the download .
“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,” Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan, detailed in an update.