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 " Video game consoles won’t be directly impacted by tariffs imposed on imports from China for the time being, a more concrete decision that comes after consoles were granted temporary exemption in the later months of 2019.

The Electronic Software Association confirmed as much to Polygon over email, noting that the United States Trade Representative “has suspended the tariffs on consoles until further notice.”

The ESA statement backs up news shared by the USTR (via Reuters) about the first phase of a trade deal between the U.S. and China amid ongoing trade negotiations. In that release, it was mentioned that categories of goods that had tariffs delayed from September to mid-December, including game consoles, laptop computers, and cellphones, would instead have those tariffs suspended indefinitely.

Console makers Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have openly spoken against those potential tariffs for months before the delay and no indefinite suspension, warning in an earlier open letter that the damage would have an “enormous impact and undue economic harm[…]on the entire video game ecosystem,” including both consumers and the thousands that count themselves among the game industry. "



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Well that's good news at least. Would have been around an extra $100 for a console.



Good news. I had not realized there was a waiver.



Hiku said:

Well that's good news at least. Would have been around an extra $100 for a console.

Holy smokes... I had no clue it was that massive of an impact. Wow.



That's good news for the US gamers.

If the tariff comes into play a year or two into the generation... Might be cheaper to get a console at launch?



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ironmanDX said:
That's good news for the US gamers.

If the tariff comes into play a year or two into the generation... Might be cheaper to get a console at launch?

Once they changed presidency you mean ?



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Well that's nice.



SwitchUP said:
Hiku said:

Well that's good news at least. Would have been around an extra $100 for a console.

Holy smokes... I had no clue it was that massive of an impact. Wow.

It would be a 25% additional tax from what I heard.



So does this then mean......
PS3 launch = "enormous impact and undue economic harm on the video game ecosystem”

If PS5 and XBSX were going to be priced at $399, then this wouldn't have specifically been that big of an issue. If they were going to be $499, then this would certainly be of considerable concern. If either was going to be higher yet, then, cancelled?

A $499 Switch Pro, $599 PS5, and $599-$699 XBSX would absolutely fall under, “enormous impact and undue economic harm[…]on the entire video game ecosystem.”



This is why we need cloud gaming. Not affected by tariffs on the commies.



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