E3 2012: Nyko Shows Off Plenty of New Items
Nyko had quite a few items on display at E3 this year, including a surprise for Android users.
Starting off with the biggest announcement is a controller for Android tablets and phones.
The controller is a small gamepad that has a carrying case with a stand, which can be seen above. The pro version, seen at the right, is the same controller, just bigger and a bit easier to hold.
To make it easier to use early on, Nyko partnered with Nvidia to have the controller be completely compatible with all TegraZone games out of the gate. However, an app called Nyko Playground will be released when the controller comes out.
The Playground app will let players map buttons to the controller if it uses a touch controller on the screen. However, if it only has touch controls with no buttons, the app will allow for controller mapping by having players first take a picture of the regular game screen. Then, through the app, buttons will be able to be moved onto the picture to show what action to start when a button is pressed.
The app will also let players share various controller schemes for games with each other to download and allow the controller to be used easier.
Nyko did add that they would like to bring this to iOS and Windows 7 devices eventually, but for now it will be Android exclusive.
While the price isn’t set yet, I was told that it should be under $50 when it releases in Q4 of this year. The pad will work on Android 3.0 or higher phones and tablets.
The biggest draw of this PS3 fighting stick for me was that the controller can be switched for left and right-handers, and even split apart and connected with a cable for easier controls.
The pad itself is a bit smaller than standard controller pads, and has rubber on the bottom that can allow for stable gameplay on a table. The base can be taken off, though, for playing easier on the lap.
Another feature Nyko is bring back to the pad is turbo, which can be turned on and off with a button. Tap turbo can also be turned on, which lets you program the time in between the turbo use by tapping when you want the button to be pressed.
The controller also has macro buttons that can be programmed with up to 24 commands. An interesting feature is that the controller lights up the button used during the macro when pressed.
However, Nyko is keeping the tournament crowd in mind. By turning on a switch at the bottom of the controller, it can be made tournament-ready by disabling macros and turbo.
The controller will also be out in Q4, but no price point has been set again. However, they did add that they are shopping the product to Microsoft to try and license it for the 360 as well.
Power Grip Pro
The next product wasn’t so much a new product, but an upgrade to an older product.
The Power Grip Pro for the 3DS still adds extra battery life and shows how much battery life is left. However, the big addition is that the extra circle pad has been added to it.
In addition, the Pro actually sits flush, instead of just having an extra circle on the side. There’s a top part of the cover that makes the extra pad look like part of the 3DS.
Overall, the Pro adds a bit of weight, but it’s honestly not as heavy as I thought it would be.
Like the previous two items, expect the Power Grip Pro in Q4.
Power Grip for Vita
The final thing I saw is the Power Grip Nyko is building for the Vita.
Besides adding a power pack like the 3DS has, the grip also adds two control grips to make it more like a console grip.
To keep it secure, the accessory locks into where the charge cord would normally go to the Vita to prevent it from accidentally falling out.
Like most of Nyko’s new products, it features the rubberized grip that is easy to hold yet still feels smooth.
Also like these products, we shouldn’t expect this until later this year.