OVERVIEW

Bring the console experience anywhere and everywhere with the PlayPad for Android based devices. 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.  

Featuring a gamepad protocol 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 features a mouse mode and iCade mode for iOS games and devices. The PlayPad works Nyko's Android App, called Playground, to provide backwards compatibility for the PlayPad with legacy tablet titles, including those that currently utilize keyboard mapping. Playground also discovers PlayPad compatible games installed on your device, and lets you find and download compatible titles. 

The PlayPad works with any Android 3.0 device or higher with Bluetooth.


FEATURES

  • 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 games
  • HID, Keyboard mapping, and mouse support make PlayPad compatible with 100s of titles
  • Works with any Bluetooth® enabled device running Android 3.0 or higher
  • Compact design fits in included case for easy travel and packing
  • Included tablet stand holds tablet in horizontal or vertical orientation

HARDWARE

Dual Analog sliders - provide familiar console like control in a sleek portable design

4 Action Buttons – jump, slash, block, dodge and more with real tactile action buttons

Shoulder buttons and triggers – perfect for driving or shooter games, the fully analog triggers and shoulder buttons provide complete console control on your tablet or cell phone

D-Pad – play your favorite classic or arcade games the way you remember with the PlayPads classic D-Pad design

Home – easily power on and sync your PlayPad with the Home Button. Can also be used within Android to easily exit programs and navigate your tablet from a distance

LED Indicators – use the easy to read LED indicators to determine if the PlayPad is powered on, synced and which mode it is in.

Mode Switch – easily switch between game pad, mouse, iCade and App mode

Bluetooth – wireless sync to your Android device through its bult-in Bluetooth radio, no dongles required

Rechargeable battery – Built in rechargeable battery provides up to 25 hours of playtime

Stand – fold out stand holds your cellphone or tablet in the horizontal or vertical position in 3 customizable viewing angles

Charge Dongle – Connect the PlayPad directly to any powered USB port to re-charge the controller, no messy cables needed

Case – specially designed hard case holds the PlayPad, stand and charge dongle in one easy to carry travel case

MODES
The PlayPad features 4 modes designed to allow you to control a variety of games

GamePad/HID:
The game pad mode utilizes a standard HID protocol developed in conjunction with NVidia and utilized by a wide assortment of today’s Android developers. Once synced, games that support game pads will easily be controlled by the PlayPad including menu navigation and gameplay. This mode is compatible with a  growing list of games available on the Google Play Store and the NVidia Tegra Zone.  Try Gamepad mode with games like Grand Theft Auto 3, Sonic 4, Wind-Up knight and Rip Tide GT

Mouse Mode:
Quickly navigate through your Android device like you would your PC with mouse mode. Once selected, a cursor will appear on your screen that you can control with the left analog stick while the action buttons activate a “mouse click.” Use this mode to navigate through web sites and presentations with ease. Mouse mode can also be used for select games including Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja.

iCade Mode:
iCade mode is for use exclusively on iOS powered devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Once the Playpad is synced to your iOS device, you’ll be able to control 100’s of iOS games with ease. Control games such as Pac-Man, Paper Monsters, Temple Run, and more.

App Mode:
App mode works with Nyko's free Playground app to easily customize and create custom controller profiles for numerous Android games. With Playground you can easily assign keyboard commands to specific buttons on to the PlayPad. The Playground app also scans your device and lets you know what PlayPad compatible games you already have installed, while letting you easily find and download new games you can play with the controller.

If you have any further questions regarding the different modes available in the PlayPad, check out our FAQ below.

FAQS

What is the PlayPad line of controllers?

The PlayPad line of controllers are wireless Bluetooth game controllers designed to allow you precise, console like control of your favorite Android based games.

What tablets and phones does the PlayPad work with?

The PlayPad line of controllers works with any Android device running Android 3.0 or higher with Bluetooth support.

What games can I play with the PlayPad?

The PlayPad utilizes different modes to allow you to play hundreds of android games. Gamepad mode allows for compatibility with games that support the standard HID protocol developed in conjunction with NVidia® and Google®. Mouse mode allows for compatibility with simple touch games. If your game supports none or limited controller input, Nyko’s Playground app will allow you to code specific keyboard and gamepad HID controls to your liking. You can search for compatible games on our PlayPad Microsite NykoPlayground.com.

What is HID?

In reference to PlayPad, HID refers to the gamepad protocol inherently supported in Android devices running 3.0 and higher. Nyko’s use of the HID protocol was developed in conjunction with NVidia to allow for built in support for controllers in today’s top android games.

Can I use Playground with any Bluetooth controller?

No. Playground is developed for use exclusively with Nyko PlayPad devices.

Where can I download Nyko’s Playground App?

You can download Nyko’s Playground App on the Google Play Store through your device.

How much does Playground cost?

Playground is a free download on the Google Play Store .

Do I have to root my device to use the PlayPad or Playground?

No. The PlayPad and Playground do not require any rooting of Android or modification of the device to work.

Is Playground required to use my PlayPad on my device?

No. Playground is a companion app designed to further enhance the functionality of the PlayPad. The PlayPad can be used in GamePad, HID, Mouse and iCade mode without the use of the Playground software.

My phone/tablet runs a Samsung/HTC/Asus etc. skinned version of Android, will the PlayPad still work?

Yes. The PlayPad will work on “skinned” versions of Android as long as they are running Android 3.0 or higher, have Bluetooth and have access to the Google Play Store

How do I recharge the PlayPad Pro?

The PlayPad Pro comes with a USB to Micro USB cable and can be recharged from any powered USB port. In addition to the included cable, any standard Micro USB cable can also be used to recharge the PlayPad Pro.

What’s the difference between the PlayPad and PlayPad Pro?

The PlayPad is a smaller, travel ready controller that comes with a stand and specialized hard carry case. The PlayPad Pro is a full sized console style controller. The PlayPad Pro features 2 analog sticks, while the PlayPad features 2 analog sliders. Functionality wise, they will both work identically to one another.

Can I use the PlayPad on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or other gaming consoles?

No. The PlayPad will not work with other gaming consoles.

Will the PlayPad work on PC or Mac?

The PlayPad is recognized as either a GamePad or a Mouse in either GamePad or Mouse mode on PC or Mac. Please note that the PlayPad has been designed and tested for use on Android devices, and compatibility with PC or Mac is not supported nor guaranteed by Nyko Technologies.

Does the PlayPad work with my iPhone or iPad?

Yes, the PlayPad line of controllers can sync with your iOS device in iCade™ mode and be used to play any iCade compatible game. (iCade is a registered trademark of Thing Geek Inc)

What’s iCade?

iCade is a highly supported control input standard for iOS games developed by Ion® and ThinkGeek™ and used by a variety of iOS input devices. (Ion is a registered trademark of inMusic Brands Inc. ThinkGeek is a trademark of Geeknet inc.)

What games can I play with iCade Mode?

A full list of iCade compatible games can be found here.


My PlayPad blinks continuously.  How do I stop it?

Press and release the reset button located towards the top on the back of the PlayPad.  You may need a paperclip or a small needle in order to press the reset button.


One of the buttons stopped working.  What do I do?

Contact customer support at customersupport@nyko.com so they may provide an appropriate solution for the PlayPad.


The PlayPad has been charging and there is still no power.

Allow the PlayPad to charge for at least one hour before using it.  Be sure that you press and hold the Home button on your PlayPad for several seconds until you see the lights illuminate on your PlayPad.  If you have tried all of the aforementioned steps and your PlayPad does still not turn on, please contact customer support 


My Joystick is mimicking my D-pad controls.

Update your PlayPad to the latest firmware update in order for full functionality between joystick and analogue controls.  Please view the question regarding updating your PlayPad for more info.


How to update my PlayPad using Andriod.*

Be sure that your PlayPad is set on HID mode and the switch on the back of the PlayPad controller is set on the controller icon.  After your PlayPad is paired, open Nyko Playground.  Go to your Advanced Settings.  Select Firmware Update.  Follow the onscreen instructions after the update has installed onto the PlayPad.

*You will need to utilize an Android device operating from 3.0 to 4.1.2.  Any other devices will not be able to update the PlayPad properly.  If you are unable to utilize an appropriate Android device, please follow the next FAQ.


How to update Firmware with PC and Mac (without using Android).

            Please go click here, and download the updater application.

After you unzip the file you will need to follow these steps to use the updater app:

-       Plug your PlayPad  into the  PC or Mac with your USB

-       While simultaneously holding down UP on the D-pad and the A button, press the reset pinhole button on the back of the controller (you will need to use a thin instrument like a paperclip.) This will put the PlayPad into update mode and the lights will cycle on the PlayPad, once the lights are moving you are ready.

-       Open the updater application and click the select firmware button

-       Select the Nyko PlayPad bin file for either your PlayPad or PlayPad Pro

-       Select update firmware to update.

-       Once the firmware update completes successfully, simply unplug the controller from your PC or Mac and pair it with your device.

If you have any problems with updating your firmware, please contact Customer Support

 

 

 

Playground Compatible
Mouse and keyboard support allow for backwards compatibility with 100s of titles
Designed for Tegra®
Inherit support for today’s latest Tegra-enhanced titles
Travel Ready
Travel sized controller comes with tablet stand and hard case – ideal for travel
No Rooting Required
Works with all Android 3.0 and higher devices with Bluetooth