Cut the Cord: Turn Your Tablet Into a Wireless Game Console

By Hassan Anjum - Wed, Aug 31, 2011

Riptide GP, an exclusive Tegra Zone gaming title, now allows you to easily connect your wireless game controller to your Tegra-powered tablet device. This guide will show you how to configure Riptide GP to work with a wireless game controller for a true console gaming experience.

So, let’s get started…

For this tutorial, we used the Tegra-powered Motorola Xoom Android tablet and a Logitech wireless USB game controller (which comes bundled with a USB wireless dongle). We also connected our Xoom to our TV using HDMI-out to play the game on the big screen. For the Xoom, we used a microUSB wireless adapter that allows the Logitech wireless USB dongle to work with the Xoom’s microUSB port. For Tegra-powered Android tablets with a full-size USB port, you can simply use the full-size USB dongle included with the Logitech wireless USB game controller – no need for a microUSB-to-USB adapter.

Step 1
While playing Riptide GP, pause the game and scroll over to the Help & Options screen.

Step 2
Go to Settings, then Controls.

Step 3
By default you’ll be set to Tilt controls. You’ll want to change this using the arrows at the top of the screen. There are two options, “Single Stick” and “Dual Stick.” For the simpler control pads, “Single stick” works but for our Logitech game controller, we went with “Dual Stick.”

Optional additional step
If you want to re-map your controller button actions, simply tap on the target button on the screen, then tap the button you’d like to re-map on your controller.

That’s it! You’re now ready for a wireless, console-quality gaming experience with Riptide GP.

Vector Unit created Riptide GP exclusively for Tegra. NVIDIA recently called on the folks at Vector Unit to showcase this awesome feature on Tegra-powered devices. Developers Matt Small and Ralf Knoesel were more than happy to work with NVIDIA – they got to see our state-of-the-art creative studio and work with our talented producers. Check out their demo video below.

If you want to set up your Bluetooth controller to play Riptide GP, check out the instructions on the developer’s website: