Backbone ONE Mobile Gaming Controller

Here is a fun fact for you: Around 3 billion gamers use mobile devices! This is nearly a 5.1% rise from 2021 and continues to grow. However, most mobile gaming experiences are hindered by a lack of physical gaming buttons and the wide scope of choice available on corresponding app stores. The team at Backbone has created a solution to your mobile gaming woes with a simple snap-on controller module and subscription service that lets you access thousands of games at the click of a button.

So, what is it you ask? Put simply, Backbone ONE is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and is essentially a compact and collapsible A-B-X-Y mobile gaming controller that you simply slot your phone into to be able to play any game compatible with physical buttons. There is also fast charge via pass-through lightning or USB-C port, and you can even listen with wired or wireless headphones for a truly immersive and arguably better gaming experience.

The Backbone ONE controller offers high-quality gameplay for all your favorite games and apps that support controllers. This includes popular titles like Call of Duty: Mobile, Minecraft, and Diablo Immortal. In addition, it is also compatible with remote play apps offered by Xbox and Steam, allowing games on your console and PC to be played remotely from your phone. Popular cloud streaming apps like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Amazon Luna are all also supported.

The accompanying Backbone app also provides lifetime free firmware updates and the ability to manage your controller with joystick calibration, button testing, and button remapping. However, the real magic happens when you subscribe to their Backbone+ Membership service. For a small fee, the premium subscription enhances your gaming but also provides all your games in one place & 20+ app features unlocked. Users also get exclusive perks like free trials for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Discord Nitro, and in-game items. You also get the benefit of 24/7 technical support and a no-questions-asked warranty and the cherry on top is the ability to stream directly to Twitch and direct messaging with party chats to play with your friends on Backbone.

So, what is it like to use? Gaming is always better with physical buttons, and we have had a lot of fun testing this out over the past few months. The build quality is excellent, the buttons are very tactile and responsive, and the matte finish makes this ergonomic gamers’ wet dream.  One thing that has surprised us is just how quick it is to get set up. The Backbone app brilliantly collates all your games into one convenient push-button start interface, switching between native phone games and Remote Play options was also seamless and because there is no messy Bluetooth pairing to worry about, the direct connection to your device allows for almost no latency when playing games. Also of note, is how extremely little power the device draws, making for some perfect long gaming sessions.

All in all, we love the Backbone ONE, it fixes a lot of problems we had with our personal mobile gaming experiences. Physical buttons make a notable difference in some gameplay often helping us best our opponents in PVP-style scenarios. While we may not be sold completely on their subscription service (yet) it is not needed to still take advantage of most of what Backbone is doing here. So, if you are ready to start 2023 with a bang, here is a good starting point.

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