The smartphone has already swallowed many gadgets, ranging from flashlight to encyclopedia. With the Backbone One gaming controller, one is added.
Smartphone as an all-rounder
Everything is ultimately information and everything that is information can be taken over by a universal computer, such as your smartphone. The same goes for a gaming controller, which consists of a few switches and a WiFi connection. Stick those switches on your smartphone, install an app on it that reads the switches and voilà, there you have your gaming controller. In theory.
Backbone One turns your iPhone or Android into a controller
With the Backbone One Gaming Controller, theory becomes practice. With this controller you can turn your iPhone into an Xbox or a PlayStation 5 controller.
And this gadget works quite conveniently. For example, it is no longer necessary to keep charging your controller, because your phone takes over and the controller only needs a minimal amount of power. On the controller you can control the game as well as get an image from the game console. This means that you no longer need a screen, but can play the game on your smartphone.
As an added bonus, there is also a headphone jack on the controller. So if you want to connect your gaming headset to your smartphone, you can now.
Requirements for your phone
Your phone must have a USB-C charging port. That goes for almost every new phone these days. The Backbone One gaming controller only works on the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and all iPhone 14 devices. You can sign up for the waiting list, where you will be notified as soon as the Android version is available.
The controller is comparable in price to the more expensive Microsoft PlayStation controllers, around € 120. It is of course not cheap.
Conclusion Backbone One
A price of € 120 for a build-up set is steep, but with this you get a smart controller that can do much more than the standard controller. You can also play console games on your smartphone thanks to this controller. This is not possible with standard controllers.
Are you a fanatic console gamer and do you enjoy playing on your smartphone? Then the Backbone One exactly what you are looking for. Although you can of course also play on an external screen.