This COVID-19 spread is getting more serious by the day. The entire world is suffering under this peril, powerless. With the European countries affected the most, the US has recently reported the most cased in the entire world. Obviously, these conditions are forcing the governments to enforce lockdowns and curfews to put people in quarantine. This means that more people are at home, either scrolling the web or working online, taking classes. This brings in more load from the traffic. Thus is has a negative effect on the servers for various tech companies.
Internet Traffic & COVID-19
Last week we saw Youtube claiming to reduce the default video quality to accommodate the increased amount of traffic. This was something Netflix did as well when they reduced the default quality for their shows and movies. Following in the same footsteps as those mentioned previously, Jim Ryan announced that PlayStation users would face slower download speeds from the PlayStation Store when they download updates, games and other content. European users are the first to be affected by this. The news was shared via their blog and then tweeted by Nibel as well.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) March 27, 2020
Dividing this bandwidth, the president comments that to ensure everyone has access to their network services, it is important to “ration” these speeds. He claims that this is necessary to do so that gameplay is not interrupted.
The blog then added an update as well. Given the state of affairs in the US, more and more areas are going under lockdown. New York reported so many new cases and thus the company foresees many new people stuck in their houses and more traffic. Thus the update states that US users may face the same decrease in speeds in the days to come.
UPDATE: Beginning today, we will take similar measures in the United States, and we will continue to take appropriate action to do our part to help ensure internet stability as this unprecedented situation continues to evolve. We are grateful for the role we play in helping deliver a sense of community and entertainment in these very trying times. Thank you again for your support, your patience, and for being part of the PlayStation community. Please stay home and stay safe.