WeTek gamepad announced: Set top box maker debuts first gamepad

WeTek, the awesome set-top box manufacturer, has revealed its plans to offer a gamepad. This is a large step for the Android streamer company. With a WeTek gamepad announced, gaming on both Android and Windows is poised to improve. [Read: 10 Best legal Kodi streaming boxes - Best Kodi box 2017]

WeTek gamepad announced

Wetek Gamepad Announced - Wetek Gamepad
Set Top Box Maker Wetek Debuts Its Official Gamepad

The company behind the fantastic WeTek Play 2 Android streaming box now makes the foray into the gaming space. With Android devices such as its Play 2, gaming is another option besides streaming video and music content. However, aside from the Nvidia Shield TV, many Android set-top boxes lack dedicated gamepads. The WeTek gamepad seeks to rectify that problem. [Read: 5 Best wireless Nvidia Shield TV controller options]

Best Android TV Boxes:
  1. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Home Media Server - $199.99 Editors Pick
  2. Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player - $89.99
  3. WeTek Play 2 Hybrid Media Center - $134.00
  4. Kukele Octacore Android TV Box - $179.99
  5. U2C Android TV Box - $95.99

While WeTek makes Android boxes, the gamepad also boasts Windows compatibility. Thus, it's a solid third-party controller which should function with an array of consoles and PCs. [Read: Best Amazon Fire TV games 2017 - Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick games]

Wetek Gamepad Announced - Wetek Gamepad In Action
The Wetek Gamepad In Action

From a technical perspective, the WeTek gamepad sports asymmetric 360-degree analog sticks, Bluetooth, and more. Coupled with a WeOS 3.1 update which brought Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the WeTek Hub and Play 2, it's clear that WeTek plans to continue improving its already excellent products, as well as broadening its reach within the home theatre space. The next logical step is providing tools for gaming. [Read: Recalbox vs Retropie: Which retro gaming OS should you use?]

It's refreshing that WeTek makes its gamepad compatible with PCs as well. Using software such as Nvidia GameStream, it's possible to stream PC games from a compatible PC to a device like the Shield TV or any Android outfitted with the third-party application Moonlight. As such, PC gamers may use the WeTek gamepad on their PCs or in the living room with set-top boxes. Plus it's a solid choice for playing Android emulators or native Android games.

Gaming, streaming, and more

With a bevy of software options, Android set-top boxes transform into all-in-one machines. You can stream from the likes of Netflix, PS Vue, DirecTV Now, and Sling TV, as well as media server software like Plex and Emby. Alternately, install some emulators, or native Android games. You can even use music server software to cobble together your own Spotify.

What Android games are you playing?

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Moe Long

I am a staff writer at SmartHomeBeginner, and a freelance writer with a focus on tech media. I run Cup Of Moe and have been featured in Electromaker, MakeUseOf, The Penny Hoarder, TechBeacon, Cliqist, Bubbleblabber, DZone, and EpicStream. As an HTPC enthusiast, I'm quite fond of my Plex server and enjoy playing with my Raspberry Pi. When I'm not hammering away at my keyboard, I can be found drinking far too much coffee, running, and listening to vinyl.