Avoiding Internet disruption
A few days ago, Netflix was told by the European Union that they should reduce their video quality. It was mainly due to the huge consumption by Netflix all over Europe. Since the COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay home, most of the people are watching Netflix, which puts burden on the internet, automatically causing disruption all over Europe. Netflix reacted with lowering down video quality by 25%, which is quite fair.
Sony will reduce the download speed
Similarly, Sony Interactive Entertainment has now also decided to reduce users’ download speeds on the PlayStation Network. Sony wants to “help preserve access for the entire internet community” mainly because the COVID-19 is yet to damage a lot of things.
The announcement was made on the PlayStation Blog. The Company’s SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan wrote
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.”
Lastly, this has been almost done in Europe. Coming to America, it is not finalized yet, but Sony updated the blog on March 27 saying that “it plans to reduce download speeds for PlayStation Network users in the United States as well.”
I hope everyone will accept the newer download speeds, and useless criticism would be avoided. After all, these actions are being taken for our own benefit. The Internet is one of the main things that are keeping us home, and we should definitely preserve it for the plworst times.
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