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Nyko Technologies Gets into the Android Controller Game

By John Gaudiosi (gamerlive.tv) - Mon, Feb 10, 2014

Nyko Technologies has jumped on the Android gaming bandwagon. The game peripherals company has partnered with GameStop to deliver gaming controllers for Android smartphones and tablets. While GameStop has its own internally-developed tablet controller, Nyko is the official third-party Android controller company for the retailer. The PlayPad, and the GameStop exclusive - PlayPad Pro, are now available throughout North America for $40 each.

Blurring the line between mobile and console video gaming, the portable PlayPad controllers are being developed to support games optimized for NVIDIA Tegra mobile processors. Players will have a choice between the PlayPad Pro in black, offering the size and ergonomics of a full console controller, and the PlayPad in black or white, a smaller controller with its own portable carrying case that contains a fold-out viewing stand for your phone or tablet. The PlayPad controllers provide physical and familiar control options to facilitate a console-like experience while playing Android games.

"As we've watched mobile games evolve to console-quality levels, we've seen a need for more comfortable and familiar control options than touch screens alone can provide," said Chris Arbogast, Director of Marketing for Nyko Technologies. "By working with the veterans at NVIDIA, we have been able to lead the charge in creating dedicated hardware that's optimized for games running on the Tegra chipset. We look forward to bringing the PlayPad controllers to market with GameStop as our launch partner in this initiative."

In addition, Playground, a free Android app developed by Nyko, is available on the Google Play Store and like Nyko's tablet controllers, the app will not require rooting of the device. Playground provides backwards compatibility for its controllers with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping, touch controls and mouse support. Playground is an easy and intuitive way of customizing your game controller, creating game specific profiles and access to a library of ready-to-use popular game profiles.


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