Nyko is teaming up with Samsung as an officially licensed partner to build controllers and accessories, and its first product is here to enhance your VR experience by offering a controller that you can conveniently keep with your headset when it’s not in use.
The controller is the PlayPad VR, designed to work with Samsung’s Gear VR headset. And while it may look like Nyko is trying to strap a controller to your face, the PlayPad VR simply attaches to the front of the Gear VR for storage when not in use, replacing the usual plastic cover. (When in use, that spot will continue to be taken up by a smartphone serving as a display.)
The PlayPad VR is otherwise a fairly standard Bluetooth gamepad. It offers a D-pad, two joysticks, four shoulder buttons, and is compatible with Android’s built-in controller support, so most games should just work out of the box. And like the Galaxy S8, it charges via USB-C, so you’ll be able to use a single cable for everything.
The PlayPad VR will be available later this year for $49.99.