Gaming peripheral manufacturer Nyko Technologies has just announced a new line of controllers for Android tablets. These controllers - known as the 'PlayPad Pro' and 'PlayPad' - promise to deliver a console-quality gaming experience.
Nyko's new controllers are optimised for Nvidia's Tegra mobile chips, and will work seamlessly with devices containing the Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Nyko is developing the PlayPad Pro and PlayPad with Nvidia to ensure compatibility with games on the latter's Tegra Zone.
Moving forwards, looking backwards
One of the biggest selling points of Nyko's new controllers is that they won't require any rooting to get them up and running: they are usable straight out of the box.
Nyko is also providing backwards compatibility to its legacy tablet titles via a free Android app called Playground. This app allows owners of the PlayPad controllers to use the new peripherals on older titles that aren't optimised for Tegra devices (provided these games have keyboard mapping, touch mapping, and mouse support).
Playground will also provide profile management for customised controller schemes, in addition to pre-set profiles for popular games.
To Pro or not to Pro?
In terms of differences between the PlayPad Pro and the PlayPad, the three things to take note of are their respective size, portability, and sticks.
The PlayPad Pro is Nyko's full-sized controller, and includes dual-analogue sticks, a D-pad, face buttons, and shoulder triggers / bumpers.
The PlayPad, by contrast, is a mini-controller that offers dual-analogue sliders, a collapsible tablet stand, and a carrying case.