The news: YouTube and Sony’s PlayStation Network went dark for thousands of users Tuesday as an overloaded network infrastructure continues to take its toll on high-bandwidth services.
More on this: Various Alphabet video services were disrupted for 10,000 users who were unable to log in, switch accounts, or access the menu and navigation for YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music, and devices, per The Verge.
Similarly, Downdetector tracked complaints from 13,000 Sony PSN users who found themselves receiving errors when they tried to connect to the service, online games, or the PlayStation store on their PS4 and PS5 consoles.
The problem: Frequent service outages for streaming and gaming services are likely due to user growth and increasing availability of higher-resolution content.
The bigger picture: While video service and gaming outages might seem like a minor annoyance to end-users, they are a symptom of a concerning connectivity trend that could get worse before it gets better.