Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are switching to remote operation and crowded areas are being closed. With social isolation, people are sitting at home and going on the Internet, creating an abnormally high load on servers. In order to maintain a stable connection for the entire community, Sony intends to reduce the speed of uploading to the European PlayStation Network.
Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment president, said that the corporation is working with Europe internet service providers “to manage download traffic to help preserve access for the entire internet community.”
PSN users may experience slow game downloads (nothing new, though) but it shouldn’t affect gameplay.
Similar measures have been taken earlier by other companies: Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Apple and Disney have reduced the video bitrate in the European segment of their services, while YouTube and Netflix have reduced the default video quality to SD.