#4. Sony released a special version of the PlayStation that let the gamers program their own games (cost $750)
Given how laden down with restrictions and piracy protection today’s consoles are, it may surprise you to know that Sony released a version of the PlayStation in 1997 that gave regular gamers complete freedom to make their own games. The bizarrely-named Net Yaroze was basically a home development kit, and provided you knew how to code, you could make any program you wanted for it. Access to the PlayStation’s inner workings didn’t come cheap, the Net Yaroze cost $750, but still, you have to admire Sony’s guts. No other console-maker has ever given gamers the keys to the kingdom like Sony did with the Net Yaroze.
A small, but dedicated community of amateur game designers would form around the Net Yaroze, creating games well into the 2000s. A few folks that cut their teeth on the Net Yaroze even went on to real jobs in the video game industry, working for companies like Square-Enix and Activision. So yeah, good on Sony for doing a cool thing that they’ll never, ever do again. Source: en.wikipedia.org