Steam changes bandwidth management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Valve has made some changes to the way Steam currently manages game downloads in order to reduce bandwidth usage during the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“We know that many of you (and we here at Valve too) are stuck at home these days, trying to work and take lessons remotely (or are just playing some great games on Steam). Whatever you’re doing, we know that having so many people at home at the same time, each with their own things to do, can increase the load on the bandwidth at your disposal. “

With this in mind, Steam will now prioritize and schedule automatic updates a little differently than the norm for the foreseeable future.

As of now, only games that have been played in the past three days will be updated immediately. “In the case of titles you haven’t played recently, Steam has been running updates for a while in the first available low-traffic period. Starting this week, these updates will be rolled out over an even longer period of time. Long. Only titles played in the last 3 days will be updated immediately. As always, the games will be updated immediately if started and you can start or pause the updates through the download manager. We are also working on additional solutions to better contribute to the situation”.

The company also offered a number of suggestions for those looking to further preserve their home’s bandwidth during peak periods, including manually setting up automatic update windows and automatically connecting Steam. “This could ease the load on the network connection and can help ease the bandwidth loads if network traffic in your area needs to be reduced,” Valve says.

Steam also suggests disabling automatic updates for titles that players no longer play: “take advantage of the Library Folders settings, so you can move rarely played titles from an SSD to a storage HDD. This is usually a solution. better for you (and your bandwidth) rather than uninstalling the game and having to download it again. “

Also Sony warned that downloads on PlayStation in the US and Europe will be “a little slower”: “we believe it is important to do our part to address concerns about the stability of the internet as an unprecedented number of people practice the social distancing and becoming more dependent on Internet access, ”the company said.

Finally, Netflix, Amazon is YouTube they all agreed to reduce video quality and bandwidth usage.

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