Xbox One owners have been given some reassurance by Microsoft.

With Coronavirus causing a mass lockdown, more and more people are using the internet to work from home and enjoy various forms of entertainment.

Needless to say, this could cause problems with services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, PSN and Xbox Live.

In a statement to fans, Microsoft said that it is actively monitoring usage, and will continue to optimise Xbox Live for fans.

“We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players,” reads a Microsoft statement.

“To that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure we’re optimising the service for our customers worldwide and accommodating for new growth and demand.

“While these are unprecedented times we are living in, I have no doubt that we’ll come through this experience stronger than ever.”

Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube have already agreed to limit bandwidth to ease the strain on the internet, while Sony is also following suit.

“Playing videogames enables players all over the world to connect with friends and family and enjoy much-needed entertainment during these uncertain times,” Sony explains.

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

“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.”

It sounds like Microsoft may employ similar tactics, although this remains to be seen.

On the plus side, Microsoft is currently offering free educational Minecraft content for children.

“With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds and learn through play.

“Families are trying to navigate the need to help their children with distance learning and balance that with taking time to have fun. That’s why we announced today that we are adding a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace with free educational content players and parents can download.

“The educational content we’ve curated lets players explore the International Space Station though a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist, and so much more. This is launching for free download today and will be available through June 30, 2020.”

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