May 27, 2022

Slower Downloads on PS4 Due to COVID-19

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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has warned that PS4 downloads may be “somewhat slower or delayed” in Europe. This news comes as Sony attempts to manage its internet usage while large portions of Europe remain in Lockdown.

In his statement, Ryan stressed the importance of ensuring that internet access would still be available to all. Meaning not just those wanting to download the latest games to see them through this unprecedented period of quarantine. Ryan did add that online multiplayer should remain “robust”. That being said, it’s quite likely that the validity of that claim will be put to the test over the coming weeks.

Jim Ryan’s Statement

If you’d like to read the full statement, you can do so here:

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 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.

Jim Ryan, President & CEO, SIE

Slower Streams

Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube have already announced plans to cut the quality on their platforms to use less data. However, this is the first such announcement from any of the video game platforms.

The EU had already warned citizens of broadband strain as early as last week, as millions move to remote working, video conferencing and video streaming in the evenings. Online gaming doesn’t use nearly as much data as streaming video, hence the expectation that it should remain “robust”. However, as Ryan alludes to, some game downloads can have a pretty hefty file size. In fact, the recent release of Call of Duty: Warzone has seen players downloading massive 100GB files.

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