Sony: Certain PSN features will be disabled to ensure smooth PS4 launch in Europe

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With the launch of PlayStation 4 in North America on November 15th, the PlayStation Network suffered from a dramatic increase in users and feature requests which resulted in some downtime. Now that the console is launching across Europe tomorrow, November 29th, Sony Computer Entertainment is expecting another “record [number] of people logging onto PSN at similar times.”

To mitigate the strain on PSN following the “record sales” that Sony is expecting in Europe tomorrow, certain features of the online service will be temporarily disabled.


“We want to make sure that your online experience is positive,” wrote Fred Dutton on the European PlayStation Blog. “To help ensure that this happens, we have made the decision to switch off a couple of features for European customers on day one. These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down.”

Here’s what will be unavailable for a few days on PlayStation Network following the PS4 launch in Europe tomorrow:

What’s New: Discover and engage with all of your friends’ PS4 related activity
Content Information Screen: See friends’ activity and information specific to the title you are looking at

“Not to worry,” says Dutton, because “all of the other features of PSN will be fully available on day one. You’ll be able to play online multiplayer games with friends and your gaming community, get trophies, make friends and share videos and live broadcast your games so you can have a great online gaming experience.”

This is a smart move by Sony and it appears as though the features chosen to be disabled are both non-vital (at first) to your online experience, while also potentially rather intensive in terms of network requests.

What do you think of this decision? Should Sony simply have all services up and running without hassles or is the smooth launch of a new online product impossible? Are you expecting PSN issues tomorrow?

Source: The PlayStation Blog

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