Android users get their ride as the Backbone One mobile controller goes beyond Apple hardware.
If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a Backbone One controller for your mobile device but don’t have an iPhone, your time has come. Backbone’s mobile gaming peripheral is aimed at Android devices, and just like its Apple-compatible counterpart, it works for both smartphone gaming and game streaming services.
In addition to the controller, Backbone says Android customers who receive a Backbone One will also get early access to the Backbone app. The app offers gameplay recording and sharing options, player group management, and acts as a central hub to access the various Backbone-enabled games you want to play.
Additional app features, as well as a Backbone+ service for Android, have been suggested but not detailed so far.
The Android version of the Backbone One currently lists support for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Steam Link (with a brief mention of GeForce Now) but omits PlayStation Remote Play. Although it could still be added since the announcement asks readers to “stay tuned for more information early next year”.
You can buy the Backbone One Android Controller directly from Backbone for $99.99, orders should start shipping in December. However, the PlayStation Edition The Backbone One controller still appears to be an iPhone exclusive. Make sure your Android phone uses USB-C and is running Android 8.0 and above before purchasing.
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