Unfortunately Sony rushed their console to market because they were worried about the Dreamcast and they put out a sub standard console. But they didn't really care because they knew the name alone would get them by.
That's the trouble when you have a hugely successful console maker, they don't really try to satisfy the public like a hungrier console make would do, like the Xbox tried to do.
The PS2 did not have any sort of connectivity out of the box, barely supports higher resolution gaming, or multiple controller ports built in.
The Dreamcast had a modem, VGA capability (with an optional connector) and 4 player controller ports out of the box.
Sony dropped the ball and unfortunately we are stuck with substandard equipment until they deem we are ready for the next console. Let's cross our fingers and hope Microsoft scared them enough to actually try harder.