At GamesFreeBlade we have been reporting the growing concern among the videogame industry about the economic war waged by the United States and China. Among them is Trump’s plans to raise tariffs on devices manufactured in China, including among them 96% of the consoles sold in the federal republic. Such is the concern on this issue that Microsoft (Xbox), Nintendo and Sony (PlayStation) have joined to sign a document which warns of the huge impact and indirect economic damage that these policies could cause in their sector.
The most direct consequence for the user is the rumored, since two years ago, price increase in their devices. According to the three factories, ” to 25% increase in the purchase cost of a new console will prevent many families from getting to new device this coming Christmas ” If they stay true to the products, they will spend up to 840 million dollars more than they currently do. In addition, they add, will create a “domino effect” ” That will affect thousands of software and software developers in the North American country who “depend on hardware sales to generate demand for their products”.
The three manufacturers remember the importance of their investments beyond videogames And this is not only for video games. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo dedicate to point of their letter to argue how the implementation of these measures could affect their commitment to R & D, something that would contradict the supposed objectives of these tariffs born with protectionist objectives to safeguard intellectual property rights as well as innovation and technological development in the country.
Examples? Kinect. The device did not have a long route in its design for leisure, but it did serve to develop HoloLens and Azure Kinect that have been exploited in a wide variety of scenarios (medical care, retail, industry, education and research) by commercial companies, academic institutions and government agencies. Case not very different from the famous Cell chip PlayStation, which they recall in the document was used by Stanford University in a project that led to hundreds of scientific works.