Throughout the month, we’ve seen streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and Disney + all announce plans to limit or reduce video quality in an effort to reduce network congestion. And now the game companies are following suit, with Sony announcing that it is choosing to slow or delay game downloads in the United States after a similar move in Europe.
The idea being: with global internet usage potentially increasing as more and more of us stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, reduced video quality or game download speeds could help. reduce overall network congestion, especially for vital services like first responders and healthcare providers.
âPlaying video games allows gamers around the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much-needed entertainment in these uncertain times,â said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in an article by blog on the PlayStation site.
While online gaming, including competitive multiplayer games, may be on the rise with many of us staying at home, this data tends to be very efficient and tuned to have minimal impact on network congestion. . After all, connection issues can cause delays or lags during play, which can be the difference between winning and losing in an online match.
However, downloading digital game titles can have a bigger impact, especially with big names like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare approaching and sometimes exceeding 100 GB. Indeed, Sony’s announcement is focused on downloads. games rather than actual gameplay.
âGamers may experience slightly slower or delayed game downloads, but will still enjoy robust gameplay,â Ryan said.
Of course, the pandemic and its impact on internet access and other services continue to evolve, and we’ll keep you updated as businesses announce new measures to help reduce congestion.
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