When we complain about our internet provider, and we all have, you have to think it isn’t as fragile as the internet is in Europe. To be fair, they have more people stuck at home there which is more unusual than in the United States. The European Union has been asking internet providers to throttle internet service to prevent Europe from literally breaking the internet. Sony is the latest to comply.
SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan announced the move on the PlayStation Blog on Tuesday, saying it is working with internet service providers in Europe, where the reduction in download speeds currently applies.
“We believe it is important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and are becoming more reliant on internet access,” Ryan said. His statement implied that bandwidth used for multiplayer and other networking features wouldn’t be affected.
“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.”
Sony’s move follows similar efforts from streaming providers like Netflix, YouTube, Disney Plus, Amazon, and Apple to lower video quality in an attempt to reduce strain on Europe’s internet infrastructure. Now, many internet companies are claiming that they have enough headroom to meet the increased demand. But with the possibility of more potential “stay-at-home” orders or even a complete shutdown, they want to be on the safe side.
However, in North America, we are under no such requests. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been smooth sailing. Spectrum has been experiencing outages over the last week, as have Xbox Live. Sony’s PlayStation is known to be a bandwidth sucker when it comes to using bandwidth. If this gets worse, we can expect to see people be force to streaming less or – God forbid – we have to watch things in 720 instead of 4K. What a fucking nightmare!