PlayStation Network download speeds will also be slowed in the US due to COVID-19

By Sean Carey,
With everyone staying inside due to voluntary self-isolation or government-enforced social distancing measures, the internet is taking a hammering and seeing considerable upticks in usage regarding video streaming and downloads. A few days ago, Sony announced that it would be slowing download speeds for the PlayStation Network across Europe to help alleviate bandwidth usage. Now those measures are being implemented in the US.

PSN download speeds

An updated blog post over on PlayStation Blog says that as of March 26, Sony will be taking similar measures in the United States to help with internet stability. Users may experience slower or delayed game downloads, but gameplay shouldn't be affected.

Here's the full statement:
"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."
Streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube have all begun throttling their streaming quality in a bid to reduce bandwidth usage during the pandemic.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!