PC is not Console. Always on works ok for PC Gamers, because people who don't have the internet, or can't stay online, play on the alternative more instead: The Console.
You take away the console as well, and of course you're going to get an explosion of complaints as they no longer have much to turn to except portable handheld stuff, which although interesting and entertaining in it's own right, when you're at home with a big tv, you don't want to waste time on them quite so much.
Funny thing is, if they say we didn't have anything to do with it, but it was Sony and their lack of DRM during their presentation, then in the end, it WAS the whining from the fans that did it, because Sony aimed to appeal using MS's weakpoint that everybody disliked, and they did it quite well. So if MS reacted to Sony reacting to the fans, then in effect, they did indeed react to the whining regardless of how much they don't want to admit it. Seriously, if they keep ignoring people their console is going to be as stone cold as their Windows 8 release, which even now hasn't got a great deal in terms of sales traction. It is the pinnacle of arrogance to not only ignore their consumers, but to refute any claim that the consumer has any influence at all on what they do when they make a slight turnaround on their original declarations.
The PC is nice in everything it does, but sometimes you just want a console to sit back and relax to with friends in the house or even solo, rather than get stuck online with people you don't know or want to interact with, or have your bandwidth chewed up by updates that'll lower your FPS ingame. A console is a cut-down PC, don't try and copy a full on PC or people will just use a PC instead.