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Valve will delay some Steam auto-updates to preserve bandwidth

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Valve announced today that it gained’t routinely replace video games in prospects’ libraries as often as earlier than to assist protect bandwidth through the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning this week, Valve says Steam will solely instantly auto-update video games you’ve performed within the final three days. In any other case, Valve says Steam will probably be spreading out updates over a number of days. Steam had already been scheduling sport updates for “the subsequent off-peak native time interval,” in keeping with Valve, although if you wish to replace a sport manually, you’ll be able to nonetheless provoke that your self. Valve already permits you to schedule auto-update home windows and even self-throttle your connection to Steam if you wish to moreover optimize how a lot of your bandwidth Steam makes use of at any given time.

Valve joins Sony and Microsoft in adjusting online game downloads to assist cut back web visitors whereas many individuals are self-quarantining at house. Sony introduced it could decelerate PlayStation sport downloads in Europe on March 24th, and the corporate prolonged that coverage to the US on March 27th. Microsoft stated on March 28th that it’s working to “ship higher-bandwidth actions like sport updates throughout off-peak hours” in partnership with Xbox sport publishers. Streaming video suppliers, together with Amazon, Apple, Disney, Netflix, YouTube, have additionally lowered streaming high quality in an try to decrease community visitors.

Steam has damaged its personal concurrent consumer data a number of occasions this month, most just lately having greater than 23 million concurrent players over the weekend.

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