PlayStation boss Jim Ryan says gamers could face "somewhat slower or delayed" downloads across Europe.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4

Sony is looking to manage internet usage with much of the continent in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its console's chief has revealed what this could mean for its users.

In a lengthy statement this week, Ryan said: "We believe it is important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practising social distancing and are becoming more reliant on Internet access.

"Players may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads but will still enjoy robust gameplay.

"We appreciate the support and understanding from our community, and their doing their part, as we take these measures in an effort to preserve access for everyone."

The executive also insisted the company realises the significance of entertainment during such a difficult period.

He commented: "Playing video games enables players all over the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much-needed entertainment during these uncertain times.

"Sony Interactive Entertainment is working with internet service providers in Europe to manage download traffic to help preserve access for the entire internet community."

Although online gaming uses much less data than video streaming platforms, some game downloads - including the likes of 'Call of Duty: Warzone' - can run up to 100GB.