PlayStation to slow download speeds in Europe due to pandemic demand

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As if Facebook, Instagram and YouTube weren’t enough, Sony has announced that they will be slowing their download speeds in Europe, with other parts of the world surely to follow.

This wasn’t a huge surprise, given the overwhelming rise of video games over the pandemic period, and how flooded online gaming services have become with users.

With many people working from home and governments around the world advising people to not leave their houses if they don’t have to, this news comes as no surprise. Everybody using their home internet, as opposed to their work internet, means there will be a lot of strain on networks – and the NBN at our homes might not be able to take it.

It’s a bigger deal than a lot of people realise – you only need to do a video call during the day with your coworkers to see just how messed up all of our connections are right now.

It’s getting so bad that the Australian Government has actually asked Netflix and Stan to lower their video qualities so everybody can suffer together with average internet speeds, as our NBN is going to be strained over the coming weeks.

Sony has not made it clear to what rate their networks will be slowed down to, but it wouldn’t be out of the question to think of the slowing as substantial – everybody needs to be slow for each other in these trying times.

What does this all mean?

Gaming in office

If you’re connected by Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) you should be fine, but if you’re connected by Fibre to the Node (FTTN), your internet bandwidth is essentially shared with every other household connected to that node, broken down even further by the internet plans in each household and how heavy each household is on their connection.

What that means is if there’s people up the street in your Fibre to the Node neighbourhood that are doing huge downloads and watching shows constantly in 4K, you’ll notice. That’s not to say you should go door-to-door with a pitchfork! Even beyond the node there’s plenty of fighting going on across the entire Australia network for bandwidth quality, given that many people are home and soaking up the network at once.

Can I do anything about this?

Yes – now’s the best time to be reevaluating your home internet connection to make sure you’ve got a plan that’s perfect for you.

We’ve done a breakdown article on what the separate plans mean for you. In these trying times, if you go for one of the more high-priced and up-market internet plans, you’ll skate through this internet crisis on top of a global pandemic. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t be considerate. Do Australia a favour, cut your 4K Netflix stream down to standard definition, watch YouTube at 480p.

Here’s an explainer on what the different kinds of NBN plans mean.

The best internet plans for gamers

Listen – nobody likes having huge ping spikes, and nobody likes it when you lose a game of Overwatch or Call of Duty unfairly because lag threw you off. That’s why you need an internet connection tailored for you and what you love.

The following table shows a selection of published gaming-ready NBN plans from MyRepublic and Aussie Broadband on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

What about if I’m working from home?

Here’s our explainer on the best NBN plans when you’re stuck in the home office. You’ve got to make sure your connection isn’t too heavily impacted by your family’s activities like gaming or streaming, so make sure you do your research!

Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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