The Playstation was a crappy console (on the tech specs level at least)
It wasn't crappy, a lot of development companies simply didn't have the brainpower to properly develop a game for it. The specs were comparable to an Amiga, the processor might have been slow but it had the dedicated supporting hardware to counter that problem.
Just look at the technically spectacular Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy 9 and Metal Gear Solid 1, these games really show what the console was capable of. I guess you needed Asian genes to be able to manage it.