The Coronavirus outbreak has put a lot of pressure on countries to manage their internet bandwidth. The governments are further relying on services like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon if they want to improve their status.
Last week, Netflix was reportedly told by the European Union that they should reduce their video quality in-order to preserve Internet for the future. Well, they did reduce their Video quality by 25% in Europe.
Valve takes accurate measures
Today, Steam is also taking action to make internet usage more effective. Valve has announced that games that are being played constantly will only get updates. Games that are not being played recently will be delayed. Other features like pause download, and quick download while launching games will work as it is.
“Only games played within the last 3 days will be updated immediately. As always, the game will begin updating immediately if you request to play it, and you can always initiate an update (or pause it indefinitely) through the Download Manager,” Valve said. “We’re also looking into additional solutions to help on our side.”
Few more things that can help preserve data.
- Schedule auto-update windows! This will ensure that Steam doesn’t start updating a game while you’re in the middle of your work day.
- If you don’t play a game in your library often, you can keep it installed but choose to no longer download automatic updates.
- You can self-throttle your own connection to Steam. This might ease the load on your network connection, and may help ease bandwidth loads if network traffic in your area needs to be reduced.
- Take advantage of Library Folders settings, so you can move infrequently-played games from an SSD to a storage HDD. This is usually better for you (and your bandwidth) rather than uninstalling the game and needing to re-download it later.
Steam has 20 million average users
Steam has a huge user base and anything they implement is likely to be beneficial for everyone around the globe. A few days ago, Steam broke its previous record of 19 million users in a small amount of time. The game store had more than 20 million players online, which is huge!
The 20 million wasn’t it, Steam managed to further break it and get 22 million. Now they have almost 23.5 million players. These numbers have never been seen before. The main reason behind this massive traffic is mainly because of the COVID-19 outbreak. It has forced everyone to stay home. That often results in most people playing games.