what Nintedo, and Microsoft go hand in hand. it's not about being dicks it's just business.
You make this statement sound like it's something that the rest of us don't get.
Of course the decision Sony has taken here is to benefit itself. They've calculated that a certain amount of gamer backlash is worth it for the extra dough with the added bonus of throwing a spanner in the works of its competitors.
What the gaming community can do is create a larger backlash than Sony anticipated and change the equation to a point where Sony doesn't think the extra coin they're making is worth the tarnishing of their brand.
Companies, including Sony, obviously do care how they're perceived otherwise they wouldn't have massive PR departments on their payroll... So to imply that best business practice = most money over the short-term is overly-simplistic & a tad naive.
If you want evidence just look at what the community's reaction achieved with SWBF2 or Shadow of War.
If everybody shares your passive attitude there's zero chance that Sony will change their stance or at least make them think twice before repeating a similar move in the future.
Try arguing on the side of the consumer (i.e. yourself) rather than being an apologist for a faceless corporation...