NVISION: NVIDIA and Nyko Reveal New Android Game Controllers

By NVISION - Tue, Jun 19, 2012

From Microsoft's new SmartGlass tech to Madfinger Games' gorgeous horror shooter Dead Trigger, there were a number of exciting Android-related announcements at E3 2012. And as gamers are starting to see more console-caliber Android games that truly take advantage of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 graphics technology, it only makes sense that Android users are now getting an alternative to playing titles on their device's touchscreen.

Nyko and NVIDIA have announced a new partnership to co-develop a line of slick-looking video game controllers for Android devices. Available in two versions -- the larger PlayPad Pro and the standard PlayPad -- the new controllers come in a variety of colors and can easily sync up with your Android tablet or smartphone through a free app called Playground.

"Tablet games are evolving, pushing the envelope of graphics and performance," said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko. "The only limitation has been the lack of physical-input controllers, until now. We are happy to collaborate with the veterans at NVIDIA to create dedicated hardware that’s optimized for games running on the Tegra chipset."

According to the official press release, the controllers were created in an effort to "offer a future-proof gaming experience, blurring the line between mobile and console video gaming." While the controllers were specifically designed to support Tegra 3-enhanced games, your device doesn't need a Tegra chip to sync up with the controllers.

The PlayPad Android controllers will be fully-compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices running Android 3.0 and above. Both controllers are scheduled to release this fall.

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