It seems that Sony PlayStation and Microsoft will have to take into account another crucial price problem when it comes to the release of the PS5 and the Xbox Two.
While none of the machines has received a solid release date, we know that they are real and that they will likely be launched in 2020.
Sony has been sharing its plans for the PS5, including a full list of features to be included.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to confirm big details about its upcoming Xbox console during E3 2019.
In addition to the release date, the other crucial news that none of the companies share is how much their new consoles will cost.
This is a very important factor in deciding which gaming machine will win, since it has been key to the success of the PS4.
But something happened earlier this month that may affect the price of the PS5 and the Xbox Two.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published new details on what new products are considered for the new rates.
These charges could be as high as 25% on new goods imported from China, a huge manufacturing base for many companies.
There are many elements listed in the new document, including "consoles and video game machines" that would undoubtedly include the PS5 and the Xbox Two.
At this point, we can be sure that these new rates will be applied to the console, but if they are, a change of 25% would see a definitive price change.
Analysts already predict that these new gaming machines can be sold at a loss, which makes the new rates even more important.
And this is only one factor for the future console, but it could also start to affect the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
According to Game Rant, the hearing for these new rate sets will take place next month and could take effect the same month.
The program currently lists June 17 as the beginning of the hearing, which means that the end of the month could see some important changes for hardware manufacturers.
For now, these types of changes are only being proposed and have not yet been implemented. Companies and industry badysts have already commented on the introduction of additional tariffs on goods.
Microsoft's operations manager, Bob Herbold, shared his thoughts on the general fare situation in early May, with FOX Business Monday:
"From someone who has spent his entire career in the industry, he tries to resolve these things quickly before they become infected and what is happening in the US It is really difficult.
"Both sides do not want to lose face, and then they are seeing the clbadic behavior of two important players here who will not give in. What is a shame is that they can not meet in private and resolve this." .
"China is demonstrating its strength of R & D and technology, especially in the areas of science and technology, very solidly. So now they are a big threat to us in terms of these areas, "he said.
Meanwhile, Sony's Executive Vice President, Ichiro Takagi, revealed in January that the company may need to move production outside of China.
"Of course, we will consider manufacturing in other countries and regions," he said during the CES.
It is unclear how much this would affect the production of the PS5 or future Microsoft consoles.