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PlayStation unveils stunning new official iPhone controller

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PlayStation and Backbone have today unveiled a brand new official PlayStation edition of its Backbone One controller for iPhone. 

"I am thrilled to introduce Backbone One – PlayStation Edition, an officially licensed mobile controller for iPhone users," said Backbone CEO Maneet Khaira. 

The PlayStation Edition builds on the original Backbone One for iPhone but brings with it official PlayStation licensing as evidenced in its color scheme and customary PlayStation Buttons. 

Play anywhere

With the Backbone One, users can plug the controller into their iPhone and play any PS5 or PS4 game over broadband internet using the power of PlayStation Remote Play.  

What's more, the Backbone one also works with App Store games and other streaming services that support controllers. That includes not only Apple Arcade titles and App Store games but also Xbox Game Pass. There's also now a Backbone app tailored to the PlayStation with integrations including custom glyphs and a dedicated section for new releases and updates from PlayStation. 

The Backbone One runs using the power of your iPhone so doesn't require charging, but it does support passthrough charging.

The new Backbone One — PlayStation Edition will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom at launch.

While the PlayStation Edition is designed specifically for those who want to enjoy PlayStation Remote (and maybe eventually PlayStation Plus in the cloud?), this isn't the first time we've gotten our hands on a Backbone One. iMore's Joe Wituschek reviewed the original Backbone One last year and gave it incredibly high praise as "the controller that Apple should have made for the iPhone."

The Backbone one works with all of Apple's best iPhones including the iPhone 13.

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Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.