Forbes actual post: PS4 won because it didn't try to screw gamers from the start and focused on games.
Well, I'm all in for that to happen again, indeed.
About PS4 lack of innovation... PSVR (VR gaming), PSNow (streaming gaming), Remoteplay (remote gaming on other devices) and Shareplay (play your friend games without owning it) you saw all those ideas on consoles first on PS4. Including Crossplay, Street Fighter V was PS4/PC from the get go.
Seems like someone at Forbes is kinda personally hurt.
PSNow is basically a Playstation rebranded Gaikal, and remoteplay and Shareplay also stem from that aquisition, it's nothing Sony developed or innovated. And the functionality of Shareplay was possible with Wii, DS and 3DS games before the PS4 launched. Also, Virtual boy?
And about Crossplay... you do know that PS/console crossplay is normally always allowed unless it's a Shooter or RTS game (as in those, Keyboard + Mouse have a very definitive, and thus unfair compared to console gamers, advantage in speed and precision), so SFV being crossplay with PC wasn't a big deal at all.
A big deal is, that crossplay with other consoles is still just possible with Fortnite and Rocket League, everywhere else Sony is blocking what could be patched in in 2 minutes. PC can play with everybody, but Sony apparently only with PC.
Also, last I checked, PSNow was pretty much crap, latency too high, image quality too low and excessively long loading times, especially on PS3 games.
This leaves PSVR, where they just jumped on the bandwagon created by the Kickstarter of the Oculus Rift. It's very low sales show, that VR is still very much niche.
Virtual Boy, lol.
PSNow and Remoteplay are innovations, show me a console that did that first. Also cqn I play your 3DS games without owning them myself, like I can with Shareplay? (honest question)
SFV being not a big deal to you doesn't matter, the fact PS4 had Crossplay is undispited.
About some other games not being allowed, MS started that, FFXIV was to be crossplay between all platforms last gen but MS didn't want their still very competitive 360 and they still thought XBO would win the gen (like the media was pushing for Sony doom). And what they are allowing now is to try to push the XBL inside the PS4 like they are doing with the Switch, but Sony has their own network to push themselves.
Regardless of whom you thing is right there, the fact is the PS4 has Crossplay first. Windows is a MS platform and Sony allowed players there to play together with their PS4 ones.
The fact you also think PSNow is crap is also irrelevant, the fact is PS4 had it first.
About PSVR, Sony created a high-end virtual reality device that is quite pricy and has a very good amount of sales, go on and compare PSVR 4.2M sales to HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift (devices not tied to a single platform).
All you have done is say "I don't like it", " It doesn't matter to me", but the fact is PS4 had it before the other consoles.
PS4 didn't lack innovation at all.