While they still can’t all get together on features like cross-play, videogame companies have finally found a reason to unite: opposition to proposed tariffs from the Trump administration. The three companies say that tariffs on products imported from China would cause “disproportionate harm” to businesses and consumers in the United States.
Tariffs are set to increase by 25%, costing American consumers an additional $840 million dollars, according to the letter. That increase “will likely put a new video game console out of reach for many American families who we expect to be in the market for a console this holiday season.”
We’ve already seen the Trump tariffs affect the PC hardware market, and the console manufacturers argue that the effects on the game industry would be even greater here. “Over 96% of video game consoles imported into the United States were made in China,” and “it would cause significant supply chain disruption to shift sourcing entirely to the United States or a third country, and it would increase costs – even beyond the cost of the proposed tariffs – on products that are already manufactured under tight margin conditions.”
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/trump-tariff-game-console