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PlayStation Backbone brings (part of) the DualSense experience to iPhone

The mobile gaming experience has improved substantially in recent times and, except for surprise, everything indicates that it will continue to do so. In part because the performance of these devices already gives more game (never better said) for more demanding titles, but also because of the proliferation of services that allow us to play on mobile but that the workload falls on another system, either in cloud gaming services such as GeForce NOW or Xbox Cloud, or on our own devices, such as Remote Play in the case of PlayStation.

To improve the smartphone gaming experience, and with a very special eye on this type of platform, we can find such interesting proposals on the market as the Razer Kishi V2 that, adapted to the phone, practically turn it into a portable console. Using this type of device on a phone with a large screen and a good Internet connection is, and here I speak from personal experience, something more than recommended.

When it comes to controls there is no discussion, Sony has set the standard with the PlayStation 5 DualSense. And this is so to the point that even Phil Spencer himself, head of Xbox, said after its launch that Sony had done a spectacular job. So why not bring the DualSense experience to this emerging market of mobile remote controllers?

This is what PlayStation Backbone proposes, although we must clarify that it does so only partially, and disregarding precisely what makes DualSense unique, its haptic technology. In other words, what this controller offers us is an aesthetic replica, adapted to the context, of the PlayStation 5 controller that, yes, has an official license from Sony, which has as its main advantage that its integration with Remote Play and Sony games will be practically transparent.

Initially available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, SpainSweden, Netherlands and UK, Backbone has decided to debut with the iPhone versionalthough on its website we can see that the Android version can already be purchasedthough the first deliveries are not expected until November of this same year. As a slightly more conservative option, it is also possible to sign up for a waiting list for when the Android model is already available on the market. Its price? At this point there are no differences between both platforms, €119.99.

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