Back in June, Nyko and NVIDIA announced a joint project to bring wireless controllers to Android devices. I’ve been patiently awaiting the day until the controller’s release. According to GameStop’s website, it now looks like the day has arrived as you can pick up the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro for $39.99 each. Gaming on our devices these days has become a fairly large industry, and with games becoming increasingly more detailed and rivaling console games, it’ll only gain in popularity.
I just don’t have the time to game like I used to. One of the reasons I invested in a tablet was due to the convenience of playing games and the processing power and gaming potential of tablets these days. However, I was a little disappointed at how clunky the controls are on most games. I’ve just never gotten used to the virtual controller on tablets, or phones for that matter.
Hopefully the PlayPad fixes all of those problems. I know there are other methods around this problem. There are plenty of users out there that use their Xbox 360 or PS3 controller with their device, but I just didn’t want to go that route and decided to wait it out until a proper fix was implemented.
There are in fact two different versions of the controller – the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro. The PlayPad was designed more for phones while the Pro was designed for tablets in mind. However, you can interchange them out with no problems. Seeing as NVIDIA was involved in the design and development process, both controllers are optimized for Tegra-based devices and games, but again, you can use them on other devices and games provided the game is controller-compatible. Below are some features of the PlayPad:
- Easily control your favorite tablet games with console like precision
- Optimized HID protocol for Tegra®3 based devices and games Includes Nyko’s free Playground app with the ability to customize controller layout and download game profiles for older titles
- Playground supports the following controller input: Keyboard Mapping, Mouse, Touch Event Mapping
- HID, Keyboard mapping, mouse emulation, and touch mapping support make PlayPad Pro compatible with 100s of titles
- Works with any Bluetooth® enabled device running Android 3.0 or higher
I look forward to getting my hands on one of these to put it through its paces. A lot of the games on my tablet have been put on hold until I could get my hands on a decent controller. What are your thoughts? Will you be picking one up, or are you looking forward to something else? Look for a full review soon.