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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black)

by Nyko
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews) 11 answered questions

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  • 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, and mouse emulation make PlayPad compatible with 100s of titles

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0092ZEIN4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 5.5 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: October 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Bring the console experience anywhere and everywhere with the PlayPad for Android based tablets. The PlayPad is a travel sized wireless Bluetooth controller with specialized tablet stand and carry case designed to work with a multitude of today's top Android titles. Featuring dual analog stick, d-pad, 4 face buttons, left and right dual shoulder/trigger buttons the PlayPad has all the necessary tools to tackle any game. Designed in conjunction with NVIDIA the PlayPad is compatible with numerous high-end mobile games optimized for Tegra-powered devices. For expanded compatibility, the PlayPad works with Nyko's free Android app, called Playground, to provide backwards compatibility for the PlayPad Pro with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping, touch mapping and mouse support. Playground provides profile management for customized control schemes, as well as pre-set profiles for top selling and popular games. The PlayPad Pro works with any Android 3.0 device or higher with Bluetooth.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good November 2, 2012
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I received my Nyko Playpad last week. I write game software, so this is one of several devices I'm currently testing. For the price, it's hard to beat, but it's not my favorite bluetooth controller. The included hard case is a nice touch. Here's a list of the pros and cons:

1) Good value - price is reasonable and includes a hard case
2) Rechargeable battery lasts a long time
3) D-Pad and buttons respond well.
4) Supports multiple operating modes for good compatibility
5) Compact and light weight

1) Shape and placement of controls is reasonable, but not ideal
2) Difficult to pair/connect via bluetooth. Some of my Android devices connect to it and others don't. Once it's connected, the connection is very reliable
3) Analog nubs are a bit stiff and uneven
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Software is crap. Everything else is pretty good. December 10, 2012
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I was initially very pleased when I got this controller. Took it out of the case, turned it on, paired it via bluetooth with my Nexus 10, and my emulators and most of my games (Dead Trigger, Riptide GP, GTA 3, Shadowgun, etc..) were working perfectly with it.

Next, I decided to load up Nyko's Playground software from the Google Play Store. Terrible, terrible idea.

Nyko's Playground software is meant to allow you to program your Playpad for any games that don't natively support their controller. It does nothing of the sort. Not only is the app very unnecessarily confusing, but it doesn't work. At all. Nyko doesn't even deny this fact. Their app is officially in BETA, but as far as I'm concerned it shouldn't even be considered an alpha build at this point. It just doesn't work, period.

So after realizing that the software didn't work, I decided to go ahead and continue to use the Playpad and use the controller on games that DO natively support it. I powered the Playpad on, and it wouldn't sync via Bluetooth any longer. I tried every conceivable trick or workaround to get it to work again, but no go. A quick Google search revealed that this is a common problem after loading the Playground software with MANY android devices, and the only satisfactory resolution is to do a full factory reset of your Android device. That's what I ended up having to do. Worked like a charm again after a factory reset but I'd be EXTREMELY hesitant to load up the Nyko Playground software ever again. Even when it's out of Beta and is supposedly 'officially' working.

If I never bothered trying to use the Playground software I would've given this controller 4/5 stars. It's solidly constructed and works very well for games that natively support it. Because of the headaches caused by the Playground software, however, I can't feel comfortable rating this higher than 2 stars.
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Android Controller...period! October 1, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Length: 4:46 Mins
Although this is the Pro version, they function identically. This will give you a good idea of how well this functions. It takes about an hour to charge out of the box. Feel free to ask questions, and I hope this review helps you in your buying decision.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great with a few things to consider. October 13, 2012
By Kyle
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Alright, so I accidently ordered a playpad pro instead of regular but as far as function they are the same, and seeing as amazon won't sell the pro till next year (only gamestop will) I will post here too.

So well, as far as hardware it has all the buttons you should ever need, if you have used as xbox 360 controller you have used the layout (especially the pro). Battery seems to last a long time though I've only had it one day I think it was rated at like 30 or 40 hours that I read somewhere.

Functionality I have been testing all day, they just finally got the playground app out but it is still in beta and has only like 8 games preconfigured on there. Another thing to take note of is that the touchscreen mapping ability is not yet released to us so it's just HID mapping which for most intents and purposes is fine.

Test results

Mupen64: Controls map fine and function pretty much normal ALTHOUGH, since it is HID mapping sensitivity to your control stick is either on or off, which makes most games feel odd. Driving games you are either cutting the wheel all the way over or driving straight, fps games you are kind of dashing from side to side more and you can't walk only run. For now most games should be decently playable like this, though whenever they get touch mapping working you should in theory be able to get the control sticks mapped to a touch control that will give it the added movement functionality.

GBAoid - seems to work perfect, not alot of controls to mess with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Update to Android 4.3 Jellybean December 27, 2013
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Upon arrival I was not able to get the device to pair with my HTC One via Bluetooth. It worked fine with my Windows 7 machine. After much frustration I finally realized my phone was not updated to the current version 4.3 of the Android OS. After doing so the Playpad worked and still does work perfectly every time. I do not have any iPad games that support iCade so I was unable to test that but the device does seem to pair with my iPad 2 just fine. The App mode does not seem to work all that great, but I have not spent too much time fiddling with it to see if I can somehow get it to work properly; it is unnecessary. The thumb sticks I believe are a bit too tight but that may break-on over time. I didn't realize at the time but there are no L3 or R3 thumb stick buttons (no clicking on the thumb sticks). The D-Pad edges are a bit hard on the thumb. I like the cut-out on the underside bottom of the controller; the edges allow for a grip on the small controller that I find to be necessary. Over all I am highly happy with the device, Being mostly what I could ever ask for in such a small, convenient, and portable device. I love the L2 and R2 triggers being analog for being such a small device. One more thing. When re-mapping the buttons in my emulator app, assigning the Back button to Select did not change its function. The button still acted in the default command of being the Back button for the Android OS. I do not know why.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DOA
DOA Wont even charge.battery light will flash once after plug in but then not a thing
Published 4 days ago by Marc den Otter
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
it is the wors, dont buy it!
Published 7 days ago by gerardo ortiz
4.0 out of 5 stars which is as expected from what I have read but too bad.
using it for my dell venue 8, recognizes and works except the shoulder buttons, which is as expected from what I have read but too bad.
Published 9 days ago by Jason Wolfgang Chan
1.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A.
Amazon delivered in less than 24 hours, and the return was simple. Maybe it's hit or miss with these, but I definitely got a miss. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Charles C.
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!
DO NOT BUY THIS CONTROLLER!! This thing is a big piece of you know what. Order one and it didn't work was dead didn't turn on or wouldn't take a charge. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm very disappointed, I received my controller and after initially...
I'm very disappointed, I received my controller and after initially charging it, it stopped working and don't even charge anymore.
Published 19 days ago by Luis McG
1.0 out of 5 stars Had high hopes
I was quite excited for this controller. It had everything I wanted and needed. So when I got it today, I went tot ry it as soon as possible only to have it not turn on at all. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ricardo
4.0 out of 5 stars great gamepad
The only reason it isn't a five star is the thumbsticks are slippery. Other than that, this playpad is fantastic.
Published 26 days ago by Aaron Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for emulation and simple games
Love it. I picked up a used one for under $15, but the left thumbstick is a little wonky. Still great for emulating on my android device or playing couch coop games on my PC.
Published 1 month ago by Abazaba23
4.0 out of 5 stars COULD NOT get this to connect with my Note 3 ...
COULD NOT get this to connect with my Note 3 - however, I think that had to do with a system update with the note - not the controller itself.
Published 1 month ago by Christina M.
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