June 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Nyko, known for developing third party controllers for console gamers, is packing up and going mobile. The peripheral manufacturer has announced that it will release a new controller that works with tablets that have Bluetooth and Android 3.0 or higher.
The Nyko Playpad and Playpad Pro will target NVIDIA Tegra devices because of the thinking that those users are most dedicated to gaming. Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 have become the premiere chipsets for mobile gaming and attracting high-end developers, so Nyko worked with NVIDIA to ensure its controllers and gaming tablets would work play well together. The Playpad controllers are made to enhance first person shooters and complex action games like the Tegra-targeted Backbreaker, Riptide, Shadowgun, and Sonic.
The Playpad will provide a traditional console feel thanks to dual analog sliders and input buttons that are recognized by tablets. The Playpad Pro will be a larger controller that has dual analog sticks, a d-pad, and shoulder triggers. Both controllers come with a collapsible tablet stand and will have an app from Nyko that will allow for customizing the button layout.
Gamers can expect the Nyko Playpad to arrive in the fall for an undisclosed price. Nyko says it will also offer an app for older games to ensure “backwards compatibility for their controllers with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping, touch mapping and mouse support.”