Nyko PlayPad and PlayPad Pro controllers now available at GameStop

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.


GameStop PlayPad Pro

GameStop PlayPad



About the Author: Sean Stewart

Born in Tennessee yet raised in Florida, Sean is an analyst now living back in Tennessee. His love for gadgets and electronics began in the early 90’s when he received a Sony Walkman for Christmas. At the time, he felt the cassette tape playing, Mega-Bass wielding, three-band equalizer piece of electronics was as good as it'll ever get. There was also the original Nintendo which consumed countless hours of his youth, followed by every follow-up version, a Sega Genesis, PlayStations, and Xboxes. He was a little late to the smartphone party however, not being exposed to one until running a jail-broken, 2nd Gen iPhone on T-Mobile’s network. His phone of choice now is the Galaxy Nexus. He spends most of his free time with his wife and two daughters.

  • Teita22

    If you buy one, you are a test subject. Yes you will not be able to play anywhere near the games that this device claims unless you are a talented computer whiz.And even then you will have problems.I spent 22 hours trying to get this thing to work, the only game that ran without to much tweaking was shadowgun. Games like Max Pain did not work, even though it is listed on the very small list of optimised games. Dont believe the hype! I returned mine to gamestop.

  • mr c

    Well ur so wrong lol ive played vice city dead trigger and all my emulators work perfect its people like this mug comment that put people of but this guy knows jack shit lol

  • identity94

    I have an HTC One running android 4.1.2 and it does not pair… Please help