PS3 firmware update filters web content
Yes but how much will it cost to use?
Sony has integrated a website filter into its latest PlayStation 3 firmware. But while use of the utility is optional and, for now, free, neither the console giant nor its security partner, Trend Micro, are saying how much they'll demand from user whene the free-use period ends next April.
Trend claimed the site blocker, which is part of PS3 firmware version 2.0, posted last week, is the world’s first global internet security service games console.
The module, it said, is designed to protect gamers from malicious and harmful websites by checking requested web pages against Trend's URL databases, which classify sites into categories such as crime, illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
If users choose to activate the filtering service, which is accessed through the PS3’s internet browser, they must select a password. If a blocked website is then accessed, users can enter their password to view the site.
Trend's service is free to use until April 2008, it said. Bizarrely, however, it was unable to say how much it will demand PS3 owners cough up after that date if they want to carry on using the service, perhaps to keep inappropriate content away from their kids.
Trend told Register Hardware the pricing structure has yet to be worked out with Sony, but suggested details should be made public in mid-December.
Boring. concentrate on releasing some decent Games. It's primary function is meant to be a gaming console
that will be .......
Trend "we can crash your server from 20 yds" Micro then....
that's one feature that will remain turned off
From PC to Console
I cannot think of a better partner for this than Trend Micro. They have regularly been a top three security (antivirus) company and make a great product. It makes sense to consider parental controls and security in a product (PS3) that is so much more than a gaming console. Perhaps they have a ways to go before they compete with digital entertainment centers (http://www.shopping.hp.com/product/dec/dec//4/storefronts/RE501AA%2523ABA) or a fully embraced tuner/DVR replacement (http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/08/01/ps3-to-receive-tuner-dvr-capabilities-before-march-2008/). To speak directly to the new web filter, consumers expect this feature in other products that deliver web content.