Earlier this week, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced it would be slowing download speeds in Europe to deal with increased internet traffic. Today, it confirmed that similar measures would be coming to the United States.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many players are practicing social distancing and staying indoors, and so there is a lot of traffic headed towards online services. PSN has hit server issues, alongside Xbox Live and Steam, as massive numbers of players are logging on.
In the updated blog post, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan says Sony will "continue to take appropriate action to do our part to help ensure internet stability as this unprecedented situation continues to evolve." As noted in the statement for Europe, players may experience slower or more delayed game downloads, though this shouldn't affect gameplay.
"Please stay home and stay safe," wrote Jim Ryan.
Today, a Sony spokesperson also told Bloomberg that the company doesn't expect the coronavirus to impact the launch of the PlayStation 5. This comes in the wake of games being delayed and studios moving to remote working situations. Even yesterday's Nintendo Direct Mini opened with a note saying the dates in the Direct were potentially subject to change due to COVID-19.
So if you're sitting on a digital pre-order of Final Fantasy 7 Remake or Resident Evil 3, it might be a good idea to start pre-loading those games when you can. There might still be a day one patch, but at least starting it now means it can trickle out throughout the days without putting strain on the internet.