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Use your own feet to walk through Death Stranding, The Witcher 3, and more with this nifty app

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A new app called STEPL maps your real-life steps into in-game movement, letting you walk through your favorite game worlds with your own two feet.

The 1.0 version of STEPL recently launched, and it's very simple. You download an app from the Microsoft Store on Windows, and you download a companion app on the Google Play Store. (No word yet on compatibility with console games, or an iOS version of the app.) Then you just start walking with your phone in your pocket, and the app will translate your movement to key presses on your PC.

So basically, as long as you're walking, your computer believes that you're pressing the 'W' key. That means that the app only works with PC games, but with functionality that simple it's compatible with basically everything on the platform.

STEPL's devs have an example video showing a number of games in action. You can Death Stranding as a literal hiking simulator, or walk all the way across Velen or Skellige in The Witcher 3.

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