Though the PlayStation Pro was just revealed at today’s PlayStation Meeting, Sony has been quietly working on the idea for nearly three years. Mark Cerny shared this during a brief interview that aired today amidst the tsunami of Sony.
“We actually started thinking about the new console pretty much as soon as PlayStation 4 shipped,” Cerny said. In North America, the PS4 shipped way back in November of 2013.
“It was clear that during this generation 4K TV penetration would become pretty significant at some point, and we wanted to see if we could get something out there in the market to support it,” he continued. “Once we realized that the increased processing power that was necessary for 4K could be used to make the graphics better on HDTV as well, the PS4 Pro simply became a must do.”
Earlier in the interview, Cerny did admit that HDR still has a ways to go, but that there are strong benefits to releasing the Pro despite the relatively low number of HDR capable TVs being sold. The console’s output will enhance a number of games on HDTV, and will also boost the ability of developers to deliver in both PS4 and PSVR titles.
When asked to share something we didn’t know about the creation of the PS4 Pro, Cerny said that during the Pro’s early stages, he asked a famous director what he thought Sony should bring to their hardware lineup. The director, who Cerny could not name, then unknowingly described almost exactly what Sony was secretly planning for the Pro.
“The synchronicity here, that we would all be thinking along the precise same lines,” Cerny said, “I mean, its so intense that the hair on my arms was standing on end”
For more on the PlayStation Meeting, check out this overview of all the news from the event.