I think that you guys are not looking at sony in the way you should. Hardware is cool, but sony is more about bussiness decisions:
First to offer a service where complete games where avaible a few months after launch
First to put console games in mobile phones
First to offer cross play in consoles
First to offer cross buy in consoles
First to offer console games in a rent service
First to let another online store sell their digital products
First to offer a digital store for their consoles that could be acessed anywhere
Those are the real innovation that sony brougth, and where they really suceeded.
Dreamcast let PC gamers play against console gamers. Remember Quake III?
Also, Xbox 360's Marketplace came before PSN and allowed purchases over Xbox.com.
Some of those, I guess are innovative but seem to be scraping the bucket. Somebody should make one of these threads for Nintendo and Microsoft. We'll probably find that most of the things we think they did first were copied from someone else as well unless we add "First console to..." as a prefix.
crossplay: exchange saves with handheld ports of games.
TurboGrafx 16/Turbo Xpress, then. You could pop the game out of the console and put it right into the portable and keep on playing. Not quite the same as transferring saves but it gets the same result, right
The more I think about it, was the PSN the first service to offer full retail games on their store? I think they did Day One sales first but I think M$ (and of course, Steam) did full games first.