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Sony officially launches licensed controller for iPhone users

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Instead of launching its own game streaming service for iOS and Android devices, Sony decided to go for a much cheaper solution, a mobile controller that allows users to play PlayStation games on their phones. However, the so-called Backbone One – PlayStation Edition controller is only available to iPhone users, so if you’re an Android fan, you’ll just have to suck it up for now. Like a game streaming service, the controller needs a solid broadband internet connection. You also need a PlayStation 5 or a PlayStation 4 console. To play games, simply connect iPhone to the Backbone One controller and use the PS Remote Play app to access your PS5 and PS4 games directly from your mobile device.

But wait, there’s more! Sony confirmed that the controller should also work with App Store games and other game streaming services that support the controller, including: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Genshin Impact, Fantasian, Call of Duty: Mobile and more.

The controller does not require charging as it is powered directly by your iPhone. The Backbone One – PlayStation Edition will be available at launch in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and United Kingdom, with more countries to follow.

A Android version of the controller will launch in November and will be available for the same price, $100. However, keep in mind that if you’re planning to order one to play PlayStation games, here’s what you need to do: go for the white color model, which has the same button layout as the DualShock controller. The black version (Android and iPhone) has the same button layout as the Xbox controllers.

It is also important to mention that the controller is compatible with all iPhones and those who purchase it will receive 3 months free trial of Discord Nitro, 1 month free trial of Games Pass Ultimate, 1 month free trial of Apple Arcade and 2 months free trial version of Stadia Pro (total value of $70). The Android version only comes with a 3-month free trial of Discord Nitro and a 2-month free trial of Stadia Pro (total value of $50).

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