Mobile games have gone through thousands of years from a few years ago. Competitive leagues and professional careers (whether competitive, casual streaming, or both) have emerged around this billion-dollar industry, with portable devices gaining the ability to run triple-A titles. As a result, the mobile gaming peripheral market is also growing rapidly. PlayStation wanted a piece of the cake and partnered with well-known mobile game controller company Backbone on the Backbone One – the PlayStation Edition game controller for the Apple iPhone.
Don’t get me wrong, Backbone already produced their One controller before this collaboration. However, they’ve worked with the engineers at PlayStation to give Backbone One some of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) vibe. That includes modeling the material after the console (and its controllers) feel in the hand, as well as a minimalist aesthetic and overall button placement. The face buttons are also transparent which is one of the more interesting features of the PS5 DualSense controller.
The release video premiered by Backbone and PS saw the One controller in action. One can be seen playing Remote Play access games from their console, then switching to popular mobile platform titles like Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile. The controller is ready to take it all and is the closest thing to an authentic portable PlayStation experience, as the PSP and PS Vita have disappeared.
Custom Backbone applications will be built around this hardware. Backbone One – PlayStation Edition will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK at launch, with more countries to follow.