Officially, developer miHoYo hasn\’t said why download speeds are so much slower on PC. However, the general assumption is that it\’s because of the massive number of people trying to download the game. Since Genshin Impact launched, it\’s become the biggest worldwide launch in history for a Chinese game. Because so many people are trying to play the game, the servers may have been overloaded, causing slow download speeds for its PC users.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), the easiest fix is closing Genshin Impact\’s launcher completely and then restarting it. However, this doesn\’t instantly guarantee a faster download speed on PC. In fact, some users have reported having to close and restart the launcher a dozen or more times before the download speed picks up. The effects may even take a while to become noticeable, as some users said it took a minute or two before their download speeds jumped from 0.5 MB per second or less to closer to 2 MB per second. Granted, that\’s still pretty slow – but it\’s noticeably faster.
The game also supports crossplay and even cross-saves between PC and mobile, so if the PC download is taking too long, people can always boot up Genshin Impact on their phones while they wait. Other users have reported simply pausing the launcher to stop the slow download speed, but that hasn\’t proven to work as well as just closing out the launcher completely and restarting it.
It\’s been a week since Genshin Impact released, and people on PC are still reporting slow download speeds. This seems to indicate it isn\’t a glitch, as some people have speculated, since miHoYo has implemented several updates to the game in the past several days which seemingly would\’ve fixed the issue. More than likely, it\’s just because so many people are trying to download the game at the same time. Thankfully, closing and restarting the launcher is a pretty easy fix.