beyondHere's something that's only marginally related to what we typically talk about on TouchArcade, but was too interesting not to share. The upcoming PlayStation 3 title Beyond: Two Souls, starring big-time movie actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, will feature the ability to use an iOS and Android device to control the game, Joystiq reports.

Using an app called "Beyond Touch" on your smart device will turn it into a simple touchpad-like controller for Beyond. The console game will recognize the app is in use and automatically flip over to "easy" mode, and there's no onscreen virtual buttons or sticks to fiddle with on your device, simply a blank screen that moves your character in Beyond by touching and dragging.

Beyond developer Quantic Dream is aiming to make the game more accessible to an audience beyond those who are already familiar with playing games. I think we've all had non-gaming friends who express intimidation at today's modern controllers with their many buttons, triggers, sticks and other doohickeys. Those same people are by and large are already pretty familiar with smartphones and tablets, though, so giving them an easy way to enjoy a heavily story-driven adventure like Beyond without worrying about fumbling with controls could be an awesome jumping in point for them into the world of gaming.

It's a really interesting tactic and I'll be curious to see if this sort of thing becomes common with other console or PC games. If you're interested in checking this out for yourself, Beyond: Two Souls will be available in October, and we'll keep our eyes peeled for the Beyond Touch app to hit the App Store at or around that same time.

[Joystiq]

  • pavarotti2007

    Why anyone would use an iPad or iPhone or an Android equivalent instead of a controller I don't know. People that have Xbox or ps3 are already using the controller. Seems silly to me.

    • themostunclean

      QD did Heavy Rain and it seems like that title would work really well with tap/swipe gestures on a touch screen. The Move controls were pretty fun and I can see possible parallels. If this shares a similar control scheme it could work well.

  • Smaug

    Pointless unless there was unique game mechanics that can't be done with a regular controller.

  • JJE McManus

    And when I get an Apple approved controller will I be able to use it, through my iPad, onto my Ps4 and there to Valhalla?
    It's turtles all the way down, I tell ya.

  • anabolicMike

    Well to be honest. In the right game a tablet or smart phone for a controller could be amazing. The way they are doing it is pointless. But you could use the tablet camera, the acceleration, and of course the screen. You could have the controller buttons change if need be depending on where you are. You could do tons of cool stuff. A blank screen for swiping while moving is a waste of time. :/ sorry

  • Tatiana

    When I demoed Beyond Two Souls at E3, I actually found the controls a bit difficult to get used to. If this is done the right way, it could be a great solution. Swipe controls would probably feel a lot more natural. Plus, this game looks awesome.

    • AngryBaby

      How was the demo? I didn't hear "awesome", more "disappointing" but that could have been totally wrong.

      • Tatiana

        It was a bit disappointing because of the difficulty of the controls, and this 2013 teaser looks like a completely different story to the 2012 one. But the graphics and emotion are there. Still have extremely high hopes for it.

  • john360

    I rather use the ps3/xbox control due to the fact that i dont need to look what im pressing on ios, its not really easy because you cant feel the button.

  • Papa Deuce

    Um, why?

  • mistergoodwin

    I think this is in competition with the xbox smart glass app, it doesn't replace your controller it compliments it by making things like digging through inventory items a breeze.

    • mistergoodwin

      That's what i believe will be the eventual outcome of this. The controlling part will be too much of a gimmik, but they'll see the potential in other aspects of the game.

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    I don't see why the negativity..? If a touchpad works, great. If a joystick & buttons is better, great.
    I know for some games I'd like a quick way to access menus w/o hitting start & goin thru all this config stuff -- and leaving game.
    Seems like a perfect solution for a multiplayer game -- people can tweak their char's on a touchpad while others are playing on screen!!!
    Change can be a good thing.
    Meanwhile, I already own iPhone & PS3. I don't own PS3's motion controllers or camera. (Wasn't comfortable w/idea of potentially being filmed on my couch w/o my knowledge.)

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Which reminds me -- can/does NSA film or record us w/iOS devices? Waiting to hear if NSA can turn it on, record audio/video, and download files remotely.
      Seems farfetched, I know -- but then again, so does recording EVERY domestic phone call & email in USA to catch foreign 'terrorists'.

  • Jef Crisis

    think about this: Fallout. Pipboy. IPhone strapped to forearm with rubber bands. Control pad doing everything you expect. No pause inventory. Epicness. Turned up to 11.