Nyko Partners With NVIDIA on New Tegra Optimized Android Game Controllers


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Jan 5, 2011

The popular third party game controller maker, Nyko, has just announced a new line of Android gaming controllers. These new gaming controllers will be optimized to work with NVIDIA Tegra devices. Here's the press release,

LOS ANGELES – June 4, 2012 – Nyko Technologies®, the leading gaming peripherals manufacturer, today announced a new line of controllers to enable console-quality gaming experiences on Android tablet devices. Nyko is creating controllers to support games optimized for NVIDIA® Tegra® mobile processors, notably the high-powered graphics capabilities of the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Available Fall 2012, the tablet controllers will offer a future-proof gaming experience, blurring the line between mobile and console video gaming.

“To embrace the enormous growth of mobile and tablet gaming, our new controllers will provide physical and familiar controls to tablet gamers for a console-like experience,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing for Nyko Technologies. “Tablet games are evolving, pushing the envelope of graphics and performance. The only limitation has been the lack of physical-input controllers, until now. We are happy to collaborate with the veterans at NVIDIA to create dedicated hardware that’s optimized for games running on the Tegra chipset.”

The Nyko tablet controller series/line features:

PlayPad Pro – Nyko’s full-sized controller for an at-home gaming experience, including dual analog sticks, d-pad, face buttons and shoulder triggers/bumpers for wireless tablet gaming in the living room.
PlayPad – Nyko’s mini controller includes dual analog sliders, collapsible tablet stand and a carrying case for gaming on the go
Console-style control for ease of gameplay, perfect for first-person shooters and other complex games.
No rooting required; controllers are usable out of the box
Compatible with all Android 3.0 and higher tablets/phones with Bluetooth® connectivity
The Nyko tablet controllers are being developed with input from NVIDIA to ensure compatibility with a large library of high-end mobile games optimized for all Tegra-powered devices. These games are available in TegraZone™, NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset delivers console quality graphics on mobile devices with the world’s only 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core mobile processor, including a 5th battery-saver core.

Nyko has also developed a free Android app, called Playground, to provide backwards compatibility for their controllers 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. Like Nyko’s tablet controllers, the app will not require rooting of the device.

Fans and press are invited to get a first look at the Nyko Tablet Controllers at E3 in Los Angeles, June 5-7 2012, in the West Hall, booth #5000.

About Nyko Technologies, Inc.
Award-winning Nyko Technologies designs, manufactures and markets innovative and high-quality accessory solutions to enhance the electronic entertainment experience. The company’s mission is to solve problems and improve user experience through products that are as thoughtfully designed as they are functional. Nyko specializes in interactive entertainment technologies for consumer electronics across a wide spectrum of platforms, and has been granted numerous patents for its innovations. Nyko’s best-selling products include the Wii Charge Station, Charge Base for Xbox 360, Perfect Shot for Wii, and Zoom for Kinect.

Founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Nyko currently has 30 employees, and distributes its products through major North American retailers and worldwide partnerships. For more information, please visit Nyko - Home or call +1 888.444.6956.

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There is currently no word on pricing or availability, beyond "Fall 2012," but we will keep you posted. It will be interesting to follow this since it looks like the industry is starting to make a greater push toward more gaming in the mobile world. Could we be seeing the beginning of the end for console-style gaming?

Source: Nyko


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Dec 3, 2012
Oh that is AWESOME.

I haven't been able to make a controller work on my A500.

I had gotten a PlayPad to work on a Lenovo A2109A running JB 4.1.1 flawless.

But I can't get it to even flinch on my new A1-810 running JB 4.2.2 and that's even with a full upgrade of the controller's firmware?
Nyko's Customer Support Stinks to say the least.

So I bought Moga Controller it's next to impossible to get to run on my A1-810 without clicking my heels together three times while saying I wish it would work? :confused: :mad:

Moga has tried to be fair about it and at least sent me a replacement controller but that did "NO GOOD" either.
And they have realitivly no idea as to why it doesn't. Other then to say it should.

I'm about to give up on even trying to get a controller to work, And I know I'm not wasting anymore money on it......