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This engineer turned a running machine into a PS4 controller to create a "walking simulator walking simulator"

"AKA the lowest budget VR rig ever."

An engineer has turned a broken treadmill into a PlayStation 4 controller to enable him to keep his new year's resolution of exercising more whilst still getting his fix of Death Stranding.

In a video called "Turning a Treadmill Into a PS4 Controller So I Exercise", electrical engineer Allen Pan - who assures us they have not been sponsored by Kojima and co. to undertake this experiment - takes us through the science of modifying a third-party PlayStation 4 controller and hooking it up to a borked running machine.

It's pretty involved, so I'm not even going to pretend to know what it all means, but eventually Pan successfully wires the two machines so that when he starts moving on the treadmill, Reedus' character in Death Stranding, Sam, moves, too (thanks, VG24/7).

Admittedly the game also requires Pan to use the controller to maintain balance and swivel the camera, but there's no denying that he's achieved his ambition as he puffs and pants his commentary to the camera, proving he's "walking the walk".

"It's a walking simulator walking simulator, AKA the lowest budget VR rig ever (Not sponsored by Monster Energy)," the video description teases. Check it out below:

Following the release of Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima has revealed he's watching horror movies again with a view to making "the scariest horror game".

In a tweet on his personal Twitter account, Kojima admitted that whilst developing P.T. - the playable teaser that turned out to be a secret announcement for an all-new Silent Hill game, Silent Hills - he rented Thai horror The Eye but it was "too scary to finish watching". He also admitted that he was so scared by the cover, he "rented the disc only".

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When​ ​her friends​ ​were falling in love with soap stars, Vikki was falling in love with​ ​video games. She's a survival horror survivalist​ ​with a penchant for​ ​Yorkshire Tea, men dressed up as doctors and sweary words. She struggles to juggle a fair-to-middling Destiny/Halo addiction​ ​and her kill/death ratio is terrible.

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