Sony partners with Backbone to give gamers a tailored Playstation experience

The Backbone One for Android just launched about a month ago, giving anyone with a Google, Samsung or other Android phone a fantastic alternative to the GameSir X2. At the launch of the mobile game controller, a $65 USD worth of free Stadia Pro, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and Discord Nitro were given away to promote it.

Sony is now working directly with Backbone to create an accessory that PlayStation gamers will love. We actually saw this device last year and thought maybe the gaming giant was only working to pair with PS Remote Play as an alternative to the PlayStation Vita and as a complement to the PlayStation 5, but it seems like it was a collaborative design all along.

The Backbone One – PlayStation Edition is intended for use with Apple’s iOS devices (such as the iPhone 13 Pro/Max), and features the same colors, face buttons and overall design as Sony’s new DualSense controller for the latest generation console. It folds up when not in use and has a Lightning charging port for your phone.

You’ll also be pleased to know that it has something that has become incredibly rare in recent years – a 3.5mm headphone jack! While those familiar with these types of accessories already know that this doesn’t come with its own internal battery (it’s just a controller that connects to your phone), I feel the need to mention this for those new to the game. space and who may be interested in expanding their gameplay options.

You can download the Backbone app from the Apple App Store for additional functionality, but make no mistake – this is not and only for PS Remote Play use! You can use any Backbone device to play other things as well, such as cloud gaming services (Stadia, Nvidia GeForce NOW, etc) as well as App Store games built with gamepad support.

The Backbone One is priced at $99.99 USD and will be available in the US, UK, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands, with other locations expanding over the course of the year. time access. I really hope Android users get a PlayStation version of this device too as this would make me itch for a new PlayStation Vita, which I’m pretty sure will never happen.

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