I just watched this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izxXGuVL21o
It's this Naughty Dog developer who talks about how they "hacked" the PlayStation to bypass the slow, Sony-provided C libraries and instead use a "secret" co-processor/chip to calculate specific math much faster than what was otherwise possible.
He even mentions that people from Sony sat in them in a dark room like in a spy movie scene and slid over a couple of papers secretively, saying: "This is how you can do things faster. You did not hear it from us."
Why on Earth would Sony not want the developers to take full advantage of their PlayStation, making it look more powerful to consumers and reviewers? And wasn't Naughty Dog a subdivision of Sony or something, on top of it? (Maybe they just became that later.)
Is this related in some way to Sony wanting "an upper hand" for their first-party titles or something? "You lowly third-party developers can use these slow, unoptimized C libraries, but we're going to be talking directly with the secret hardware!"
It seems strange to me. It seems like it would only hurt Sony.