Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO Jim Ryan has announced PlayStation 4 owners will face “somewhat slower or delayed game downloads” in Europe to manage internet usage during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a recent blog post, Ryan explained the decision was made so players all around the world can still engage in online multiplayer modes while maintaining reliant internet access during the lockdown in Europe.
“Playing video games enables players all over the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much-needed entertainment during these uncertain times,” Ryan said. “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.”
Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and the newly released Disney+ have already announced they will be lowering streaming quality in Europe, but PlayStation is the first video game company to make this move.