The PlayStation Portal is currently the hottest gaming accessory on the planet. The remote player’s stock is sold out everywhere, and the device is selling for more than $300 on eBay — that’s $100 over its $199 RRP.
Here are some fantastic iPhone controllers on sale, like the Backbone One at $69 for Cyber Monday, that will give you a similar PlayStation gaming experience without paying over the odds on the aftermarket for a PlayStation Portal.
Where to find the best Cyber Monday iPhone controller deals
- Amazon — Up to 60% off gaming controllers
- Best Buy — Save 30% on iPhone controllers
- Target — big savings on iPhone gaming accessories
Backbone One — the obvious choice
The BackBone One is the obvious choice to make your iPhone come as close to the PlayStation Portal experience as possible. Officially licensed by Sony, the BackBone One is available with USB-C for the iPhone 15 lineup and Lightning for the iPhone 14 and older. It’s a grip-style controller that slots over your iPhone to give you a handheld experience while still taking advantage of the beautiful OLED display.
Backbone recently released a brand-new 2nd generation of the One with an improved D-pad, a better launcher app, and, most importantly, a new design that means you can use your iPhone for gaming without removing your case like in the previous generation.
Not only will you be able to play your PS5 games using Remote Play, but the Backbone works with Xbox Cloud Gaming and all iOS games, giving you far more choice than a PlayStation Portal ever would. Not only is the Backbone One a great choice, but the 2nd generation model is reduced to $69.99 for Cyber Monday, that’s 30% off the usual $99.99 price tag.
Xbox controller + mount — a comfortable choice
Did you know you can play PS5 Remote Play with an Xbox controller connected to your iPhone? Yes, it’s not as ideal as using a PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, but, in my opinion, the Xbox controller is the most comfortable option on the market and is also far cheaper.
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Reduced from $65 to $45 for Cyber Monday, the Xbox controller can serve as a multi-purpose gaming controller for your Remote Play needs as well as playing games on your Mac. And, if you own an Xbox, you can either use the controller you already own or have an extra one when your friends come around to play.
To get the handheld vibe from the controller, you’ll need a mount, and this cool-looking mount from NBCP connects to your iPhone via MagSafe — if that’s not one of the best uses of MagSafe I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. Thanks to Cyber Monday, the controller and mount come in at a sweet $60, saving you $240 compared to the current PlayStation Portal eBay prices.
NBCP Xbox Controller Mount |
$19 $15 at Amazon
This affordable controller mount uses MagSafe to attach to your iPhone, allowing you to use an Xbox controller for gaming on the go. With 20% off for Cyber Monday, this is a great choice for anyone looking for a budget Remote Play option.
PlayStation Portal stock is low, but who cares?
The PlayStation Portal may be low on stock across the globe, but why should that stop us from playing our PlayStation games on the go? Your iPhone is always in your pocket, and that makes it one of the best portable gaming options around. So don’t pay over the odds for the PlayStation Portal this Cyber Monday and instead get a more affordable and more convenient option with one of these iPhone controller solutions.
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John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.
Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.
John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.
John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.
In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.