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Sony launches its first official controller to play on iPhone

Sony announces the launch of its first gamepad for iPhone, the Backbone One. Developed in partnership with the specialized brand Backbone, this controller inspired by the design of the DualSense will allow you to easily play your Playstation games on your iPhone, via the PS Remote Play application.

Credits: Backbone

While the PS5 has just received a new update integrating the display of games in 1440p, Sony announces this Thursday, July 28, 2022 the launch of the Backbone One – Playstation Editionan officially licensed mobile controller for iPhone users.

It is neither more nor less than a Playstation stamped version of the excellent controller Backbone One for iPhone. Of course, the design has been revised and corrected to be closer to the latest Playstation products, starting with the PS5 and especially the DualSense. “The colors, materials and finishes are inspired by the design of the DualSense wireless controller of the PS5 console, from the transparent effect of the keys to its characteristic floating appearance”. can we read on Playstation Blog.

The ideal controller for playing Playstation games on iPhone

Note that we also find on this special version the characteristic keys Cross, Circle, Triangle and Square of Playstation instead of the A, B, X and Y buttons of the Xbox. You will have understood it, this controller sold $99.99 (the price in euros is not yet known) will allow you to play your PS5 and PS4 games on your iPhone (all models combined) via the PS Remote Play application, whether you are away from home or comfortably installed on your bed a few meters from the living room.

Indeed, it should be remembered that the PS Remote Play app also allows you to play remotely over Wi-Fi or via 4G/5Gprovided you have a flow rate of at least 15 Mbps to enjoy the best experience. Of course, the Backbone One – Playstation Edition controller will work great with games from the App Store or other game streaming services that support controllers like Xbox Game Pass or Stadia.

iphone playstation backbone controller
Credits: Backbone

A dedicated app for a tailor-made “Playstation experience”

In addition, users will be able to download the Backbone App mobile application to take advantage of atailor-made Playstation experience” including a section dedicated to Playstation news and updates.

As our colleagues from The Verge who were able to try the controller tell us, we find this ergonomics with small onions, with comfortable handles, a logical and practical layout of the buttons, good responsiveness of the triggers and appreciable functionalities such as charging by Lightning and a 3.5mm headphone audio port.

According to Sony, the Backbone One – Playstation Edition controller will be available in France, Canada, the United States and in many countries. For the moment, we do not yet have the official release date for France.

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