The PlayPad line of controllers are wireless Bluetooth® game controllers designed to give you precise, console like control of your favorite Android™ based games.
The PlayPad line of controllers works with most Android™ devices running 3.0 or higher with Bluetooth® support.
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.
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.
No. Playground is developed for use exclusively with Nyko PlayPad devices.
You can download Nyko’s Playground App on the Google Play Store through your device or on their website HERE.
Playground is a free download on the Google Play Store.
No. The PlayPad and Playground do not require any rooting of Android™ or modification of the device to work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. The PlayPad will not work with other gaming consoles and will only work on most Android™ devices.
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.
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).
iCade is a 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.)
A full list of iCade compatible games can be found here.
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.
Contact customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org so they may provide an appropriate solution for the PlayPad.
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 still does not turn on, please contact customer support. Customer support can be contacted at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Please 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 cable.
-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. Customer support can be contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.