Apparently they haven't learned their lesson with Windows 8/8.1. You can't force change on people, especially when they are vocal even before the product is out. When Win8 beta was out, there was a large portion of testers that simply did not like the lack of the start button, yet they chose to ignore it and the end result is slow adoption. Time and time again, drm just fails to gain traction and more often results in more lost sales than not having it all. Yet MS is still going forward with it. The only positive solutio is to come in line with ps4's policies.
Maybe you haven't been following 8.1, but MS is seriously addressing issues like the lack of a start button and boot straight to desktop. There is a long list of tweaks meant to improve metro and to reduce the 'shock' between the desktop and metro.
MS doesn't have to match Sony's policies to make a compelling case for the X1. If they target Steam policies, they can make it work.
Basically, take away the check in requirement or extend it to something like a month, and you have a system mirroring Steam. Then MS can show off the additional sharing features that make it better than Steam.
Then when it comes to disc based releases, let the user choose. When you first install it, the system prompts you with a choice tying your purchase to a digital copy which gives you all the sharing/access features, play without a disc, etc, but you also get the limitations that go with any digital purchase. If you choose not to, then you must use your disc to play, just as you do now, but you don't have to deal with any restrictions such as the the online checks.
There is room for MS to make both sides happy. I just hope they take it seriously and reach out.