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Nyko Introduces PlayPad Pro Bluetooth Controller for Android Tablets at E3

A tiny bit more of Android-related news coming out of E3, is the announcement of the new Nyko PlayPad Pro Bluetooth controller for Android tablet devices. Controllers like these are designed to making the gaming experience on Android about a thousand times more kick-a**, so once this thing finally hits shelves, you can bet yourself I’ll be picking one up. Pricing is unknown and launch is expected for this year’s holiday season. That’s quite the ways off still, but let’s hope these things are worth the wait. Shadowgun and N.O.V.A. 3 with a full controller like this? Oh yeah, baby. 

LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2012 – Nyko Technologies®, the leading gaming peripherals manufacturer, unveiled their latest products at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). A stalwart exhibitor at the game industry’s headline event, Nyko this year announced a bold new product line designed to enhance our experience with the evolving range of consoles, handhelds and mobile devices that today’s gamers enjoy.

“With the tablet evolving into a dedicated gaming platform, it becomes our duty to supply the gamer embracing these devices with the controls and functionality they are accustomed to,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing, Nyko Technologies. “At the same time we have introduced our Free Fighter arcade stick that caters to the fans of fighting games who need precision control and customization options.”

Nyko’s E3 2012 product line-up includes:

The PlayPad Pro is Nyko’s full-sized wireless Bluetooth® gaming controller for Android tablet devices. The controller features dual analog sticks, a d-pad, face buttons and shoulder bumpers for a console-style control experience on Android devices. Nyko’s complementary Playground app will offer backwards compatibility for other Android games and a variety of button-mapping features, including customized controller layout. The PlayPad Pro will be available at select retail stores nationwide Holiday 2012.

  • Jon

    Everyone should know, if your tablet has a USB host port, you can already plug in your Xbox 360 controller via USB and it works great for so many games. It’s not Bluetooth wireless, but it’s the best damn controller you can use! 🙂

  • DonDemon

    Could this controller also be used on an Android phone? How cool would it be to play Shadowgun with this controller on my Bionic hooked up to a large screen tv.
    Im excited!

  • I have the wireless retro controller for the Wii for my tablet already. Works great.

  • ChrisTraeger1

    I definitely like how it’s based off the most ergonomic design for a controller ever.

    by that I mean the SNES controller

  • Daniel Seymour

    If this is more than $20, I won’t be buying it.

    • michael arazan

      New modded controllers that give you fast actions on the xbox are like $80, and new controllers are like $50, so probably along those prices.

  • Pat Hamilton

    That looks very batman

  • Chuckers

    Wooooo… designed like an xbox controller FTW

  • Amishdude01

    But… its Nyko….

  • David Henry

    I hope this leads to higher support for controllers. I have the bluetooth controller sold by GameStop (of which I can’t really recommend) and there is not many games/apps that support it. Not enough to justify it at least

  • SubMatrix

    Can’t you already pair a ps3 controller via bluetooth to your phone? I set it up a while back but have never actually tested it… but what makes this thing so special? Just curious.

    • MichaelAlonzo

      Works like a charm!

    • Tom Gervasio

      I use a ps3 controller with my Transformer Prime, and while it works extremely well for use with emulators, Android-specific games are an entirely different story. For games like Shadowgun, you pretty much have to map the buttons/joysticks yourself – which can be a major headache. Hopefully, this controller will eliminate those issues and work right outta the box.