Multiple sources have told Nikkei Asian Review that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are looking to move some, if not most of their console manufacturing out of China in response to the ongoing trade beef between Beijing and Washington.
Sony and Microsoft apparently already have plans to ramp down current production, but that would make sense, given that new consoles are just over a year away.
A ramp down is to be expected a they ramp up production on the new hotness. It just appears that the new consoles may be made elsewhere, if President Trump and Chinese president for life Xi Jinping cannot come to a long term agreement.
Uncertain times can sure make strange bedfellows. In a joint letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative by Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony—the companies state their case as to why President Trump’s proposed tariffs on goods from China would be pretty shitty for consumers.
Tariffs on China could also mean more expensive hardware, but also the big three also claim that it could put jobs at risk, and stifle innovation.
I however, am a selfish prick and care about the possible 25% tax on video game consoles. New consoles are supposed to come out in 2020 and fuck that can be an expensive proposition.
Trade talks between China and the US are on-going, so this may never materialize, but regardless of how you feel about Trump, I think we can all agree, DON’T FUCK WITH MY GAMES.