Sony has introduced an officially licensed mobile controller for iPhone called Backbone One – PlayStation Edition. Designed by Backbone and compatible with current iPhone models. With it you can play both mobile and console games (in the second case via Remote Play). The novelty is already available for $99.99 in Backbone and Best Buy stores.
The optically rendered controller with the iPhone attached resembles a PS Vita, but for some reason Backbone kept the analog stick layout of the Xbox controller. It can be used with different versions of Apple smartphones, from the iPhone 13 Mini to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The case is made in black and white colors, like the DualSense controller for PlayStation 5. In terms of design, the novelty is in many ways reminiscent of the standard Backbone One controller released in 2020. Backbone One – PlayStation Edition can be used to play games on Apple Arcade, Xbox Game Pass and Stadia.
The controller is powered by the iPhone via the Lightning connector and there is a standard 3.5mm jack for connecting headphones. The orange Backbone button has the same function as the PS button in Remote Play. Backbone has confirmed that this version of the controller will be exclusive to the iPhone. A controller for Android-based smartphones is currently under development. The market launch is scheduled for this fall.