If you’re in the market for a versatile and relatively affordable game controller, then Nyko’s Wireless Core Controller is one great option to look into. Nyko is no stranger to videogame accessories, as it’s made a name for itself when it comes to quality gear and products for various consoles and brands.
With that said, the Wireless Core has a nice range of hardware compatibility, and it excels and some key aspects which make it an impressive piece of tech. Today, we’re going to check it out and see what kind of features it offers, and if it’s worth getting. Let’s get started!
Design and Packaging
The wireless core controller comes in rather simple packaging, and includes a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging, as well as some paperwork. In terms of design, the controller has a simple look to it, without any flashy or complex paintjobs, although it is available in several colours, including variants with a transparent shell on them. It’s lightweight without feeling cheap, especially when compared to other controllers like the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Google Stadia Controller, for example. Nevertheless, it has a sturdy build to it, although I would have preferred a bit more weight.
In addition to your usual array of face buttons, D-Pad, analogue and trigger buttons, the controller also has a start, select, home, and turbo button, along with an LED indicator between the analogue sticks.
The A, B, X, and Y buttons are clicky enough without seeming too hard, and the D-Pad has a slight “mushy” feel to it, with just enough travel. The analog sticks meanwhile have a nice “click” to them when pressing down, and X and Y axis movement has decent handling. Additionally, the shoulder and trigger buttons have a nice feel to them, especially when playing FPS titles. Latency wasn’t too bad, and I was able to beat several bosses on Darksiders Warmastered Edition using the controller.
Set-Up and Battery
Setting up the controller was easy. To get started, all you need to do is hold down the home and Y button to initiate pairing with your Nintendo Switch, all while making sure that the Switch is on the “Change Grip and Order” settings page. After that, you’ll have to hold down the L and R shoulder buttons to finalize the pairing process.
Should you wish to pair the controller to an Android device, you’ll need to hold the Home and A button while on your device’s Bluetooth connection screen. It should show up instantly and you can then pair the controller to the device. If you want to use it for PC on the other hand, you’ll need to connect the controller to your computer via a USB cable.
In terms of battery, Nyko says that the controller can last up to 20 hours of playtime, which I found to be the case during my time using it.
How Much is It?
At the moment, the Nyko Wireless core Controller retails for around £30-40 in the UK. Given the sturdy and lightweight design, simple set-up procedure, and ability to connect with Android phones, PC in addition to the Switch, the Nyko Wireless Core Controller is something to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re looking for an affordable gamepad. Keep following our website and official YouTube channel for more content!
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