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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black)

by Nyko
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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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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Nyko Playpad for Android/Bluetooth (Black) + Nyko Playpad Pro for Android/Bluetooth
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Product Details

  • 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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183 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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35 of 37 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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19 of 20 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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46 of 57 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked up to Nexus 7 March 20, 2013
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I bought this for lunch at work, i had purchesed a Google/Asus Nexus 7 and had been playing around with emulators when i decided i needed a controller for Mario Cart 64 and various other games from childhood. I charged it once, and it lasted probably a month or so with average use.

The controller is rather small, but when you get used to it, it's okay.

The app it is supposed to come with has a tendancy to "break" it, what i mean is, it prevents the controller from connecting to the tablet (I don't know if this just happens for the Nexus or other devices). If you do install it, you will have to completly wipe your device. So just connect it.... without the app and it should be fine.

Now i won't deduct points for this but, for my nintendo 64 emulator, i can't set the C- buttons anywhere, which prevents me from playing some games. As far as Super Nintendo/NES games, it works great. As soon as you get the flow of the controller down, it's really nice.

Plus when everyone sees what you're playing, they all want to join in :D

Am going to buy another one in the future for 2 player, should have got one before PAX East 2013 to help while waiting in line. But oh well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cheap controller
Awesome for the price, nubs on the joystick can be kind of annoying but that is really the only con I see with this controller.
Published 6 days ago by Mike Gallo
5.0 out of 5 stars :D
Came preconfigured for just about everything. Very responsive, easy-to-use, and reliable. After three weeks or so of periodic use, the low battery light still hasn't come on from... Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Ernest Coville, Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT as good as the Playpad Pro - Not worth its asking price either.
This controller "works," yes. It's also one of the worst-feeling controllers I've ever used. Ever. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mike IronFist
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great on my Galaxy S4
I'll have to buy more than 1, however, because it doesn't like being paired with more than one device at a time.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Everything is Great, Except for D-Pad Control
Some of the reviews made me nervous about Bluetooth pairing and other things, but I found this device to work perfectly in every way *except* use of the D-Pad. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Melv
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Device
I tried to use this on 4 different android devices. All of them with a different version of android on them. It would pair but would not work on any of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. hutchinsons
4.0 out of 5 stars well made, nice form factor.
alot of people complain of the size of this item, I am not one of those. you want it small to carry in a bag, you can tel its new, a few weeks of "Break IN" are required,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ELEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, the app has been update.....sort of.
So far I have no complaint with this controller. I use it mainly with RetroArch and I have had no issues with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by randell r gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
The "flat-thumbstick" design (instead of an actual ball/socket thumbstick) is nice for space-saving, but one thumbstick is harder to move around than the other, so it makes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Noah Pippen
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed potential
I bought two of these controllers in hopes that they could pair together on my tablet to be used for two-player games simultaneously, but later found out from Nyko support the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Earthworm
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