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About the product
- 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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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.
Top customer reviews
You should take the bad reviews VERY seriously! I bought this device despite of the reviews as a gamble to see if I am the HIT or MISS! GUESS WHAT? The bad reviews here are on spot! They were right! They're basically selling you a paperweight, not a proper device! Not only battery refuse to charge! But the electrical circuits isn't even stable. I hook the gamepad to the computer, the battery indicator flash for seconds and then all the LED lights flashing. Even the LED lights are stuttering and it seems there's a serious glitch with the voltage regulator. The product isn't usable and yet NYKO is keeping on manufacturing, SHADY BUSINESS!!!
After doing some googling, it turns out the device is being shipped with OLD batteries manufactured YEARS ago to save manufacturing cost!!
EDIT: I disassembled the gamepad since the warranty is too much of hassle (Pay $100 for shipping for a product that cost $34?) and I see the manufacturing date of the battery is 18th December 2012. Good GOD, the battery is already 4 years old even before you start using it! The rumors where true!! SHADY BUSINESS!!
Initially, it didn't work from my W8.1 PC but it worked instantly on a W7 PC, so not sure what the issue was, but its not hard to figure out. You flash it over the USB interface so you have to plug it in with a Micro USB cable (or that stupid dongle it comes with)
2. From an Android device, you need to download the NEWEST version of the Nyko Playground app from google play. Some webpage on Nyko's site says that you need the older version to do this, but I could never get it to sync to my Playpad. You want to switch it to HID mode and pair it normally to the android device. I used a 2012 Nexus 7 3G still on stock Kit Kat 4.4.4
3. In the app, tap Controller Profiles to the right of HID Compatible Games
4. Tap Add Profile
5. On the top left, select what controller you have (Playpad or Playpad Pro)
6. Now, you want to leave most of these alone since the default app profile you see in front of you already works better than HID mode on the PC. Here is what I changed:
Instead of the D-pad hard mapped to the arrow keys, I mapped the D-Pad as L3/R3/Btn C/Btn Z. It doesnt matter what goes where.
The only other thing I did was map Esc to the Home button. I didn't play around with it much, so I wasn't sure if another option would actually show up as a mappable button in Windows, but since 99% of games use Esc to take you to the pause menu, it seems to work fine for me. Just be careful with that Esc button when you go to shut the controller off ;)
7. Once you hit Save, it will ask you to flash it. It would error out about half the times I tried it but hitting Save again would normally flash it on a 2nd attempt.
8. Turn the controller off, switch it to APP mode, turn it on and pair it with the PC
I use Xpadder for my games (which are mostly older games), and I just create a profile for each game and setup the Auto Profile function to choose the right profile when a game is launched. But in any case, this new APP profile will give you a controller you that Windows will be able to use fully. The only downside is the D-pad shows up as 4 buttons instead of an actual d-pad, but most games it wont matter with. Also, since the home button can be mapped as Esc, you now have an extra button to use that most people would normally bind to that. I HIGHLY suggest that unless you are using a 360 controller with games that support it, you should get a copy of Xpadder to use with other controllers like this one.
Controller seems great for the ~$15 price I paid for it and the size
Lost 1 star due to crappy software support
Lost another star because the joystick pads needed a texture finish instead of a smooth one, does not like sweaty thumbs.
But retained the other 3 stars since it seems to be working fine for me in the week that I have been using it.
I used the switch and placed it on HID, the light turns on but the controller goes crazy! you use the left stick and the tablet's volume bar goes up an down like crazy... I tried Dead triger with HID, iCade, Mouse and APP modes on and it never worked at all!
I tried to update the controller's firmware, to see if that could solve the issue, the device paired with my tablet but it would not work, it acted like crazy! and this is what I had from Nyko support:
It would be best to use Amazon to resolve this, as we do not ship outside of the United States.
Customer Service Representative
Not even an apology during the interaction with them. At the end the only feature that worked normaly was the god damn mouse feature which is silly... I wanted this remote to play PSX, NES and SNES emulators and other HID supported games like dead trigger 2...
On the other hand... the remote is beautiful since you see it on the box, the case is cool and it carried the usb connector and stand, I was really excited when I opened it up, it is good quality in terms of materials and design, unfortunately, there's a little problem... IT DOESN'T WORK!
DO NOT BUY... I'M TRYING ANOTHER BRAND NOW...
Thank you Amazon for resolving my issue!
Most recent customer reviews
It s a great controller but always keep it in its case as it can get dusty and full of lint and...Read more