Nintendo hoped to revolutionize console gaming when it slapped a 6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the Wii U Gamepad, providing anyone who bought the console with a tablet that can manipulate objects on their television screen. While Sony launched the PlayStation Vita with a touchpad and has inserted one onto the upcoming PlayStation 4 controller, it's sought a cheaper way to provide their gamers with a similar tablet experience. That's why when Beyond: Two Souls launches for the PlayStation 3 early next month, gamers can use the newly released companion app BEYOND Touch to play the game in place of their usual controller.

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When playing the game with a Dual Shock 3, players move around using the left and right analog sticks, and they can interact with an object whenever a white dot appears. Unlike the quick time events found in Heavy Rain (the previous game by developer Quantic Dream), time now slows down during action sequences, and players use the right analog stick to make the necessary movements. It's a system that lends itself well to a touchscreen, so Sony is welcoming you to use the one you already have in your pocket.

BEYOND Touch Features:
• Play the game on your PlayStation®3 system with intuitive touch controls designed for your Android™ device;
• Easy to play, even if you’ve never played a console game before;
• Easy to connect to your PlayStation®3 system;
• Play the adventure in Solo mode, or in Duo mode with a friend using your preferred device.

This should go without saying, but you still need to purchase a copy of Beyond: Two Souls for the PlayStation 3 in order to play the game. The title is launching just over three weeks from today.

BEYOND Touch is available now for free. You're welcome to install it, but you can't use it for anything for the time being. At the very least, you're letting Sony know that you're really anxious to get your hands on this game.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Linda A.

    If I ever turn off GTA V, it will probably be for this. Loved Heavy Rain, and now Willem.

    • VoiceofSky

      Same here Absolutely LOVED heavy rain and am looking forward to this for sure.. These types of games is exactly why i stick with the Playstation Brand.. :)

    • mikel

      it's not a game. it's an interactive film. the choices you make don't even matter since the game forces you into the same end results regardless. very disappointed with what could have been excellent

  • JonJJon

    This is pretty interesting. I'm surprised they haven't (unless they will or have and I just haven't read about it yet) released an app for the PS Vita, being that it would give you both control options on one device for those that have one.

  • Mohammad Danish

    Not compatible with my S3 or N7 FHD. Is this for Sony phones only?

    • EowynCarter

      Google play says my nexus 4 and nexus 7 (2012) are compatible.