TriplePoint client Nyko has a very straightforward business model: manufacture peripherals and accessories for every conceivable gaming platform, ever. Having thoroughly accessorized every console and handheld there is, Nyko has decided it’s high time they made some game controllers for Android tablets. Controllers for tablets! Because a self-contained, portable, touchscreen interface is not okay.
Well, not for high-end games, anyway. That’s the thinking behind the new Nyko Playpad and Playpad Pro, a couple of dual-analog traditional-style controllers coming out in the fall. From the press release:
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.
Portable controllers for portable devices. Welcome to platformception.