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Product: NYKO Airflo EX
Date: October 19, 2005
Author: Kris Brozio
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: NYKO
Pages: 1 2 3 4
Discussion: Discuss in Forums

Introduction

Throughout gaming over the past fifteen years or so, the PC and console gaming markets have been split. While both have produced huge libraries of games, some of which spanning all mediums, we still run into one common problem that has isolated the two markets. A lack of a standardized controller system has, in this writer's opinion, seriously crippled the PC gaming market's ability to seize a huge number of gamers. Despite all the standards developed for the PC, the game pad has been left behind, resulting in dozens of configurations.

Now enter the Playstation. The Playstation's controller quickly became a standard for emulated design. It was comfortable to hold and had many buttons to map. In 1998, they launched the now ubiquitous DualShock controller, with it's customary twin analog sticks. This controller has begun to solidify, accidentally, the PC controller market. More and more companies have designed a controller after the DualShock, and with USB now the standard over the older style game port, the power of these controllers is being unleashed.

Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years, they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative peripherals to enhance the digital lifestyle. They produce peripherals for every major console, as well as PCs and the iPod. Their latest foray into the PC game market brings us the Nyko Airflo EX, and brings PC gamers closer to the console.

First Looks

Same old, same old, blah blah blah. Normal retail packaging and all, nothing shocking here. Of course you get yourself the controller and a driver CD (make sure you install this stuff first, more on that later).


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