Sony Extends Intentionally Slow PlayStation Download Speeds to the US

The change was originally only set for Europe.

Earlier this week, Sony announced it would be slowing PlayStation download speeds in Europe in order to help with the increased home internet usage in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Well, it must have been doing wonders for Europe because Sony has confirmed it’s going to be doing the same thing for the United States.

News of this comes from the PlayStation Blog, where Sony has updated the original post that announced the change for Europe. So it appears this post is going to be a hub for Sony to add new territories each time it decides to make download speeds a little more sluggish than usual.

Here’s the full update:

“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.”

While this will affect download speeds for updates and game downloads, online play won’t be affected. So don’t worry about running into any more lag than you usually do.

This is definitely not ideal for people who typically buy their games digitally through the PlayStation Store. Especially with games like Final Fantasy VII Remake (which is going to be a whopping 100GB in file size) mere weeks away. But in times like these, there are definitely bigger issues to be worried about. As a person who has dealt with god awful internet speeds having lived in a rural area all his life, my advice is be ready to leave downloads on overnight, rather than trying to download games during the day when you’re using your bandwidth for other things, as that will only make things slower throughout the day.

In other news:

While this is one of the more consumer-facing changes that has been brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the games industry at large has been seeing major changes as companies seek to both stay afloat in the following economic crisis and keep employees safe. While several studios like Destiny developer Bungie are having their employees work remotely from home, some branches of big companies have had to close up shop altogether, for the time being. Nintendo’s repair centers are completely shut down until further notice, GameStop stores have been closed to the public, and events like E3, which would have taken place in June, have been cancelled as a precautionary measure.

Right now, people are coping with things as best they can, whether that’s by making social media jokes or using games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a proxy for social interaction.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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