Sony Interactive Entertainment is working to “manage download traffic” to relieve the burden on internet providers.
That’s according to a blog post from SIE president and CEO, Jim Ryan. In the post, he writes:
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.
According to Kotaku, the policy follows the lead of other tech giants. Both YouTube and Netflix are limiting the amount of data consumed in their streams. The moves come as more people use their services during national lockdowns. Sony’s policy appears to only be in place in Europe.