Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Aug 2017 22:31 UTC
Internet & Networking

Game downloads on PS4 have a reputation of being very slow, with many people reporting downloads being an order of magnitude faster on Steam or Xbox. This had long been on my list of things to look into, but at a pretty low priority. After all, the PS4 operating system is based on a reasonably modern FreeBSD (9.0), so there should not be any crippling issues in the TCP stack. The implication is that the problem is something boring, like an inadequately dimensioned CDN.

But then I heard that people were successfully using local HTTP proxies as a workaround. It should be pretty rare for that to actually help with download speeds, which made this sound like a much more interesting problem.

The detailed article contains tips to address the problem somewhat.

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by shinkou on Tue 22nd Aug 2017 13:41 UTC
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Like most of the people here, I don't care much about PS4's downloading speed since I usually leave it run overnight or whenever I'm not playing or using anything on it. However, I appreciate the guy cares enough to take time to write and share us the article. It is a very interesting read indeed. And I'm baffled by how sloppy things actually are under the hood... especially when it was a flagship product of a big global company.

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