The Chinese market is still a thick board for manufacturers of consoles. Although the Nintendo Switch managed to become the market leader last year thanks to 1.3 million units sold, the business is not very lucrative compared to Europe – where 1.5 million consoles were sold in December 2020 alone. Sony and Microsoft have not been able to crack China either.
There is currently no well-known Chinese manufacturer of consoles – but apparently smartphone giant Huawei has its eye on the gaming market, as “Gizchina” reports. Not only will a series of gaming laptops appear in the course of the year, but also a game console.
Information about the interior design of the console is not known, but a chip from AMD, like the one in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, would be possible. The US chip manufacturer entered into a joint venture with various Chinese companies a few years ago. It is possible that Huawei or its subsidiary HiSilicon will also build its own chipset.
Is Huawei planning an Apple Arcade competitor?
In any case, a large range of games would be more important for Huawei than the hardware, and this is where the Chinese company has already become active: In 2020, Huawei released its GamingCenter platform for its Android-based smartphones. However, there was recently a dispute with the game developer Tencent (League of Legends), as a result of which many games, especially popular in China, were thrown out of the gaming center. If Huawei wants to seriously compete with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, the offer would have to be significantly larger.
It would also be possible that Huawei is pursuing a similar plan to Apple’s Apple TV and Apple Arcade: the console would only be the player for a subscription service that offers a selection of PC and smartphone games. Huawei started a similar attempt in 2014 with its little-known Tron Android console, which flopped.
Huawei has not yet commented on the rumors.