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Sony Says It’s Slowing Game Download Speeds In Europe

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Sony Says It’s Slowing Game Download Speeds In Europe

Sony has announced this week that it is now slowing game download speeds in Europe.

The technology firm announced the news yesterday (March 24), stating that it is working with internet providers within the continent to manage PlayStation traffic amid a surge of online users during COVID-19 social distancing and lockdowns.

CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan announced the news in a blog post, explaining that they’re reducing download speeds to help with internet stability. He said:

“Playing video games 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.”

He concluded the blog post by writing: “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 they’re doing their part, as we take these measures in an effort to preserve access for everyone.”

The move follows similar decisions made by streaming giant Netflix to slow down its streaming quality to reduce traffic in Europe by around 25%. Google also recently announced that it was reducing its streaming quality across Facebook and Instagram.

What’s more, YouTube has also announced a downgrade in its video quality, and streaming services Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are both having their streaming quality reduced to help with internet stability during lockdowns and quarantine.

‘Dreams’ Creations

Over the weekend, we reported that Sony had taken down a Super Mario creation in its Dreams video game at the request of Nintendo. Twitter users Piece_of_Craft had his Super Mario creation taken down and was contacted by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s legal and business division had contacted them after Nintendo “objected” to use of Mario in the game.

Now, a report from GamesIndustry.biz has confirmed that Sony is working on removing all Nintendo-themed creations within Dreams. In a statement issued to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony said:

“Sony Interactive Entertainment is notifying the affected users that an IP Infringement Notice has been received from Nintendo and that the content will be removed. We cannot comment on [the] volume of content to be removed, this is done on an individual case by case basis.”

The decision to remove Nintendo-themed creations from Dreams, a game which essentially allows you to create your own games, is understandable, but fans worldwide have expressed their disappointment over Nintendo’s decision.

From Sony’s confirmation, more users will have their creations removed from Dreams. With the amount of content available within the game, it looks like Sony has a lot of work on their hands.

Ben is a digital entrepreneur and founder of OnTechEdge.com. He is a technology passionate who loves sharing his ideas on smartphones and gadgets. He looks forward to imparting the spectrum of his insight and verdicts on the ‘Technology-driven world’ of today. He plans to take OntechEdge forward with the consistent support from you readers, friends and family! Ben Kemp is also author of the book "How To Tell a Story On Social Media in 2020". Direct email address: [email protected]

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