Anti-virus specialists Trend Micro are looking to open up a newer revenue stream with the announcement that they are going to be producing new Anti-Virus software for the Playstation 3 platform. Trend says that this new security software is a first for the home gaming/console market space.
Trend describes the new software as having the ability to not only deal with virus and spyware threats that could be specifically targeted at the PS3 platform. In addition, the new security side of the software will give parents more control over the Internet access on the PS3 platform with the ability to block sites dealing with topics such as violence, drugs, and of course, sex/porn.
We think the jury is still out on the need for powerful anti-virus, spyware, malware and anti-fraud tools for the PS3 platform, but it does seem logical that the PS3 will be the victim of attacks at some point in the future; and this layer of protection could give users that choose to use it an advantage over those who don’t. Still, we have to wonder if gamers will be concerned enough about potential security threats to pony up the cost for this kind of protection.
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